Geography, Outdoor Recreation, and Planning
Students majoring in Geography, Outdoor Recreation, and Planning develop the knowledge and skills to address some of the most interesting and challenging issues facing the world today. By focusing on topics at the intersection of natural and cultural environments, students learn how people influence Earth’s environments, and how places impact people. Through inquiry-based, hands-on learning, GORP majors acquire critical thinking and analytical problem-solving skills that prepare them for a wide variety of professional opportunities in the public and private sectors.
In addition, the program gives students a deep understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its application to areas as diverse as conservation, transportation, marketing, and natural hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor has identified GIS technologies and expertise as one of three primary areas of employment opportunity for the 21st century. The Geography, Outdoor Recreation, and Planning program prepares students to shape the future of local and regional planning, outdoor recreation, environmental resource management, and economic development through a variety of private and public occupations.
Integrative Studies Requirements
40 credits minimum
ISGEOG 203 Globalization Culture & Place
INGEOG 204 Earth's Changing Landscapes
GEOG 324 GIS I
GEOG 395 Seminar I
GEOG 495 Seminar II
Select one of the following regional courses:
- GEOG 340 Topics in Regional Geography
- GEOG 371 Geography Field Studies
- GEOG 571 Geography Field Studies
Select two of the following systematic fields of geography:
- GEOG 303 The Politics of Place
- GEOG 304 Population Matters
- GEOG 307 Urban Geography
- GEOG 308 Planning for Sustainability
- ISGEOG 309 Spatial Thinking
- GEOG 330 Natural Resources Management
- GEOG 332 Global Water Resources
- GEOG 334 Outdoor Recreation
- GEOG 335 Sustainable Tourism
Select one of the following geographic skills courses:
- GEOG 325 Cartographic Design
- GEOG 326 Field Surveying
- GEOG 329 Applications in GIS
- GEOG 424 GIS II
Select one additional elective in Geography.
Select additional courses to reach a total of 120 credits.