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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Geography (BA)


The Department of Geography is a student-centered department having a three-fold integrated mission encompassing teaching, scholarship, and service. Department programs present an integrative perspective on the relationships among social, political, economic, and physical phenomena occurring across the Earth. The Department is committed to teaching the concepts and research methods of the discipline in order to prepare geography majors for professional careers and/or advanced study. Non-geography majors are presented the geographic knowledge needed to understand the nature of the human and environmental patterns found in the world around them. Graduate student education is focused on preparing our students for advanced professional careers and/or further graduate study. The Department is committed to excellence in both theoretical and applied research. Undergraduate and graduate student involvement in research is encouraged to develop critical thinking, reasoning, and technical skills. Through scholarship, teaching, and service, the Department of Geography seeks to bring about sustainable human interaction with the natural environment at community, national, and global scales.

Learning Outcomes

Geographic Information Science
Geography majors will develop skills in analyzing and interpreting the world in spatial terms, including use of remote sensing and geographic information systems for collecting spatial data, and demonstrating various methods for representing, interpreting, and analyzing spatial data on maps.

Human Geography
Geography majors will be able to utilize empirical information and fundamental principles of social science inquiry to analyze or explain social, cultural, economic, or political conditions and institutions in their geographic context.

Physical/Environmental Geography
Geography majors will develop an understanding of scientific inquiry methods and important theories used in the study of geophysical processes and dynamics that affect Earth's geologic, hydrologic, and atmospheric systems. They will be able to explain linkages between the geosciences and sustainable environmental practices and policies.

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