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Program Overview

Do you love maps and the great outdoors? Geospatial technologies, including GIS, remote sensing, and computer mapping, are vital tools in geographic research.

Are you interested in geopolitics, economic development, environmental impact, and regional planning? Geography examines the Earth through the lens of human-environment interaction. Geography is recognized for both its physical, environmental, cultural, and technical attributes. The physical realm examines the Earth’s dynamic systems and landscape evolution while the environmental realm focuses on human interaction with the constantly changing forces of nature. The cultural realm examines human health, demographics and economics.

Did you know that abundant employment opportunities are available for geographers in government, industry, education and non-profits? The U.S. Department of Labor has identified spatial technologies and expertise (geography/GIS) as one of the three primary areas of employment opportunity for the 21st century. Local, state, and federal agencies concerned with such issues as regional planning, geopolitics, economic development, and environmental impact hire geographers under a variety of titles. Industry and business employs geographers as environmental planners, market researchers, economic analysts, and logistics experts.

Would you like to examine the earth’s physical and cultural attributes with guidance from a dedicated department of experienced professors and professionals?

Welcome to the Keene State College School of Sciences and Social Sciences Bachelor of Arts program’s Geography Department.

Topics of study:

  • Population distributions
  • Climate change
  • Technology, language
  • Urbanization
  • Globalization
  • Resource management
  • Environmental impacts
  • Geospatial technologies

Research conducted by KSC Geography students:

  • Obtained data from the Department of Environmental Services and the City of Keene that found a correlation between higher rates of pollution in the Ashuelot River and lower riverfront property values.
  • Employed geographic information systems (GIS) to map out all the Rails-to-Trails in Cheshire County including the condition of each trail, the nearest available parking, and access routes.
  • Obtained data from the Federal Communications Commission to map out all cell towers in New Hampshire, drawing a buffer around each illustrating which areas of the state provide adequate reception for cellular phones.
  • The geography major requires 40 credits of geography courses. One statistics course is recommended. Students considering graduate work in geography should develop strong skills in GIS. Geography students who complete the teacher education option are eligible for Secondary Social Studies certification.

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Keene, New Hampshire 03435