Feb 27, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Department of Geography and Planning

Saskia van de Gevel, Chair

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The major objectives of the Department of Geography and Planning are to:

  1. Promote the understanding of the spatial dimensions of human behavior within the physical and cultural systems of the earth and the role of planning in achieving improvement in those systems
  2. Offer a well-balanced curriculum which aids students in finding productive places in society by helping them with professional development and finding internships and jobs.
  3. Maintain a faculty and staff dedicated to teaching, scientific research, and community and regional service

Honors Program in Geography and Planning

The Department of Geography and Planning offers honors courses on all undergraduate levels, which are open to students who have distinguished themselves. Honors courses carry full credit toward the majors in Geography or Community and Regional Planning, or for non-majors’ full elective credit. Subject to the recommendations of the departmental honors committee, a student will be considered for graduation with “honors in geography” or “honors in planning” upon successful completion of at least one semester of honors work in a designated section of a freshman/sophomore level course (GHY 1010 , GHY 1020 , and PLN 2410 ); one junior level honors course (GHY 3510  or PLN 3510 ); and the Senior Honors Thesis (GHY 4510  or PLN 4510 ). The junior level course may be substituted with a contract honors section of a 3000 or 4000 level course, or with a graduate level course. Students must earn a grade of ‘B’ or higher on all honors coursework taken to fulfill any honors requirements, while still maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.5.


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      Community and Regional PlanningGeography