Other Programs

Other Programs

Other Programs in GPS

Stand-Alone Minors

Environmental Science. The Minor in Environmental Science offers students in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and other majors that examine environmental issues from spatial, social, and humanistic perspectives the opportunity to enhance their scientific knowledge and skills by taking majors-level courses in biology, chemistry and geology. This Minor will help prepare students for careers in environmental consulting and graduate programs in environmental science.
You can download the requirements for the minor here.

Geoscience. The Minor in Geoscience includes coursework in physical geography and geology. By taking course in the Minor students will be introduced to the diverse physical landscapes found on earth and the processes that have contributed to their formation. This Minor is an excellent complement to students majoring in all degree programs in the department.
You can download the requirements for the minor here.

Global Issues. The Minor in Global Issues allows students to specialize in the application of geographic approaches to contemporary world problems.
You can download the requirements for the minor here.

Sustainable Built Environments. The Minor in Sustainable Built Environments is a program our department shares with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rowan. Students in the Minor take classes from both departments that emphasize the environmental dimensions of building and site design, and offer students the chance to learn and apply skills relating to the booming 'green building' industry.
You can download the requirements for the minor here.

Applied Geographic Knowledge and Skills. The Minor in Geographic Education is intended to give students an opportunity to develop skills in geography education.
You can download the requirements for the minor here.

 

Certificates of Undergraduate Study (CUGS)

Geographic Information Systems and Science. The CUGS in GIS provides a foundation in GIS education and geospatial science to a wide range of students, and provides a means of enhancing the resumes of students of various majors with a GIS certificate indicating to employers their readiness to perform and support GIS activities. This Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUG) in GIS is intended to expose students in disciplines such as business, engineering, political science, psychology, communication, the natural sciences, and education to key concepts, practices, and techniques in GIS and their application to geospatial/environmental problems. We believe that engineering students in particular will benefit from this CUGS since they are often interested gaining GIS credentials but are unable to complete all 18 credits necessary for the GIS minor.
You can download the requirements for the CUGS here.

Sustainable Urbanism. Two global imperatives make knowledge of sustainable urbanism a critical topic in the 21st century: first, the majority of the world’s population is now urban; and second, the cumulative effects of urban life are generating the most pressing global environmental problems facing humanity. Cities, in short, are both the cause of major environmental problems and the solution. With our population expected to read 9.6 billion by 2050, humanity’s future is hinged upon our ability make cities sustainable: the capacity to meet the needs of the present, without comprising the needs of future generations. To support humanity in the 21st century, we must re-think the processes of urban environments in regards to both their built form and social practices. This Certificate of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) emphasizes the social and place-based dimensions of sustainability, from issues of social equity to the role of communication technologies and aesthetics. Students in disciplines such as business, engineering, political science, psychology, communication, the natural sciences, and education will be exposed to key concepts, practices, and technologies in sustainability and their application to urban environments. This certificate in sustainable urbanism will position students from diverse disciplines for employment in the burgeoning green economy. 
You can download the requirements for the CUGS here.

Environmental Humanities. The CUGS in Environmental Humanities is a program our department shares with Department of English at Rowan, with courses contributed also from History, Philosophy & Religion, and Writing Arts. This introduces students to the methods of the Humanities for interrogating the human contexts of environmental issues, which are crucial for effectively applying STEM findings and developments in complex cultural worlds. Also, this program offers students opportunities to explore how the critical thinking and communication skills they have developed in Humanities courses can be applied to STEM fields and career paths.
You can download the requirements for the CUGS here.

Environmental Policy & Economics. The CUGS in Environmental Policy & Economics is a program our department shares with the Department of Political Science and Economics at Rowan. This program provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to create and develop efficient ways to protect and enhance the world's economic and environmental resources. Students will learn how to design and assess the impact of environmental regulations and policies through an interdisciplinary approach using economics, geography, planning, public policy and sociology. Students will demonstrate particular knowledge of cost-benefit analysis, policy formulation and analysis, land use planning and sustainable economic development, and be able to address such questions as "What is the role of government in regulating the environment?"; "What tools exist to estimate the impact of environmental policies?", "How does geography/location determine economic development?", and "Are economic growth and environmental sustainability compatible?" Although this program is available to all students, it is primarily targeted to students in majoring in Economics, Political Science, Geography, Planning, Sociology and Environmental & Sustainability Studies. 
You can download the requirements for the CUGS here.

 

Dual Major: Geography & Education

Our department, along with our colleagues in Education, offer students a dual major program in Geography and Education, which is aimed at training the next generation of geography and social studies teachers.
You can find the requirements for the program here.