Geography & Environmental Planning Major

Study the relationship between people and the environment and explore a more thoughtful, informed approach to community planning.

A map of the United States
Students in this major may choose to learn more about the geography of the United States.

This major integrates topics that will deepen and broaden your understanding of the interrelationships between environmental, social, and economic issues and how these disciplines work together to influence decisions that affect the environment and long-range planning. Students choosing to major in geography and environmental planning will be exposed to a wide range of courses in both human and physical geography. The broad education in geography prepares students for a variety of professions. View the degree requirements and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog

Major Requirements

The core requirements of the major are three lower division intro courses in physical geography (101), human geography (109), and geospatial technologies (221). At the upper division level, the three required courses are a methods course (375 or 376), growth of geographic thought (401), and one upper level regional course.

GEOG 101 Intro to Physical GEOG 109 Intro to Human
GEOG 221 Intro to Geospatial GEOG 375 or 376 Methods
GEOG 401 Growth of Geographic Thought A Regional Course

Electives

The major then allows students to choose from a wide range of upper level courses to complete a desired career path. Seven electives should be selected in consultation with an advisor. Below are some suggested career paths.

Geospatial Technologies

GEOG 232 Intro to GIS GEOG 321 Air Photo Interpretation
GEOG 323 Cartography GEOG 414 GIS Applications
GEOG 416 Remote Sensing GEOG 426 GIS Database Design
GEOG 428 Python for GIS GEOG 430 Internet GIS
GEOG 465 Advanced Techniques  

Environmental Systems and Sustainability

GEOG 315 Geomorphology GEOG 317 Energy Resources
GEOG 319 Soils and Vegetation GEOG 373 Climatology
GEOG 377 Meteorology GEOG 383 Natural Resources & Society
GEOG 409 Applied Climatology GEOG 410 Environmental Geography
GEOG 411 Natural Hazards GEOG 413 Severe & Hazardous Weather
GEOG 419 Climate Change GEOG 481 Environmental Impact Reports

Environmental Planning

GEOG 251 Intro to Planning GEOG 317 Energy Resources
GEOG 383 Natural Resources & Society GEOG 393 Transportation Planning
GEOG 405 Comprehensive Planning GEOG 410 Environmental Geography
GEOG 417 Outdoor Recreation Planning GEOG 419 Climate Change
GEOG 481 Environmental Impact Analysis GEOG 484 Land Use Planning

International Affairs

GEOG 357 Cultural Geography GEOG 359 Economic Geography
GEOG 381 Political Geography GEOG 385 Population Geography
GEOG 431 Geography of Africa GEOG 443 Geography of East Asia
GEOG 444 Geography of South Asia GEOG 445 Geography of Southeast Asia
GEOG 447 Geography of the Middle East GEOG 451 Geography of Europe
GEOG 454 Rethinking Brazil GEOG 461 Geography of Latin America
GEOG 462 Geography of Oceania GEOG 463 Geography of Central Asia

Space and Society

GEOG 329 Geography of Health GEOG 356 Geography of Crime
GEOG 357 Cultural Geography GEOG 358 Feminist Geography
GEOG 359 Economic Geography GEOG 381 Political Geography
GEOG 407 Geography of the Aged GEOG 427 The Global Economy

Planning and Urban Studies

GEOG 251 Intro to Planning GEOG 355 Historical Geography of Urbanization
GEOG 359 Economic Geography GEOG 381 Political Geography
GEOG 385 Population Geography GEOG 391 Urban Systems
GEOG 393 Transportation Planning GEOG 405 Comprehensive Planning
GEOG 407 Geography of the Aged GEOG 417 Outdoor Recreation Planning
GEOG 420 Geography of the US and Canada GEOG 423 Geography of Maryland
GEOG 481 Environmental Impact Analysis  

 

Accelerated B.S./M.A. in Geography and Environmental Planning

The department offers an accelerated bachelor’s and master’s program that allows students to complete their undergraduate and graduate degrees in a shorter time frame. Students enrolled in this program may follow one of three tracks: global skills, thesis, or non-thesis. View degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

student opportunities

Scholarships for Majors

Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships offered exclusively for geography majors.

GTU Honor Society

A chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), the international honor society in geography, is sponsored by the department. Hear guest lecturers speak at GTU meetings and apply for a GTU-sponsored scholarship.

Geography Club

The Towson University Geography Society, better known as the Geography Club, provides opportunities to meet your peers in the department and engage in geography-related discussions and projects on campus.