WELCOME from Dr. Brent R. Skeeter Chair, Geography and Geosciences
Discover Geography at Salisbury University
I invite you to discover Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University. Prospective geography majors usually have three questions. What is Geography? What is the course of study for geography/geoscience majors? Finally, what can you do with a Bachelor of Science in geography?
What is geography?
Geography traditionally emphasizes the "where". Geographers study the nature and character of places to further an understanding of the world by examining the interactions between the economic, cultural, and the physical environment of a place. Because geography stresses the "where", all geographers take courses in map making. Modern mapping or Geographic Information Science is computer-based so most majors also develop a computer competency.
What is the course of study in the geography major?
Geography programs vary greatly from university to university. Our major is divided into six tracks. All majors complete a set of core courses that provide a foundation for choosing a track. The atmospheric science track involves taking advanced courses in atmospheric science such as meteorology or climatology. The environmental/land use planning track focuses on a combination of geosciences, public policy and land use planning techniques. Our geographic information sciences track is designed for students whose emphasis is on mapping sciences. The human geography track examines the interactions of social systems including economics, politics, planning and development. The physical geography track examines a range of geosciences including climate, soils and geomorphology. The sixth track is a general track in which the student selects advanced geography and geosciences coursework based on their particular interests. Many geography majors are able to complete more than one track in support of their career objectives. The department also offers a major in earth science, including a track in earth science secondary education.
What can you do with a B.S. in geography?
The diversity of geography related professions is stunning. Our graduates work for the CIA, EPA, National Park Service, US Geological Survey and more. They are Department of Natural Resources Police, who patrol the Chesapeake Bay; county environmental planners throughout Maryland and the U.S., computer mapping for the U.S. Census Bureau, private consultants, NYC real estate developers and several can be seen forecasting the weather on television.
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