Other Programs

Other Programs

Other Programs in GPS

Stand-Alone Minors

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.

Food Systems Planning. The Food Systems Planning CUGS is a way to obtain certification and thorough knowledge in the field of food systems. How we eat determines a large part of how we use the world. With this CUGS you come to understand the social, economic, and environmental benefits of a strong local/regional food system. You will learn where food comes from, how it is cultivated, processed and shipped, and how it interferes with many of the global challenges we are facing on Earth today. While gaining this knowledge you’ll understand the dynamic relationship between food and how it affects ecosystems, health equity, power structure, and society as a whole in cities or rural areas. The American Planning Association is now incorporating food systems planning as an important dimension of its advocacy and professional training. This CUGS will provide students with a foundation in community and regional planning concepts along with a specific focus on how food can foster community and individual-level health, local and regional economic development, and food justice. Head here to learn more.
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.

 

Certificates of Graduate Study (COGS)

Sustainability Studies. The Sustainability Studies COGS offers students a credential demonstrating their understanding of applying sustainability concepts in the ‘real world’. Research in STEM fields has resulted in amazing advances in our societal ability to generate solutions to environmental challenges, but there is frequently a disconnect between the solutions and their implementation. The COGS in Sustainability Studies, and the courses that comprise the program, are aimed at helping STEM students understand avenues for implementing comprehensive sustainability solutions. Similarly, the COGS in Sustainability Studies will be a useful avenue for students pursuing graduate degrees in business, education, social sciences, humanities, or communication arts to strengthen their environment and sustainability skill set.
You can read about the requirements for the COGS 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.