Welcome to the Geography and Geosciences Department
About the Department
departmental program emphasizes geographic concepts, techniques, skills and
their application to the solution of environmental, land-use and public planning
problems. There are six tracks in the undergraduate
Environmental/ Land-Use Planning,
The department also offers a major in
Earth Science, including a track in
Earth Science Secondary Education. An internship program is available for interested
students. As a student-centered department, the faculty concentrates on
high-quality teaching and advising and active engagement in undergraduate
research while maintaining an open-door policy.
The department has grown considerably during the past decade. We have added
several new faculty positions and our number of majors has approximately
doubled. The department also recently developed a
graduate program in Geographic
Information Systems Management.
An overwhelming majority of the department’s graduates obtain jobs directly
related to their degree. Many of our graduates have also gone on to graduate
school in geography (usually with full assistantships) with several obtaining
their doctoral degree.
High-Tech and Hands-On Learning Opportunities
department has well-equipped “smart” classrooms and modern laboratory
facilities. We maintain our own computer laboratory, equipped with 42 XP
workstations, color and laser printers, plotters, scanners, and digitizing
tablets. We have site licenses for ESRI
and Manifold GIS products and have a variety of digital
image processing and cartographic drawing software. The department has
laboratories dedicated to physical geography for instruction and research, a
12,000- sheet topographic map collection, a server devoted to spatial data, and
a large rock and mineral collection.
highly active student
group, The Geographic Society, is available for extracurricular participation.
SU students’ knowledge of economic and urban geography recently led them to
victory as the championship team at the first regional World Geography Bowl
sponsored by the Middle Atlantic Division of the Association of American
“Geography is both science and art” —
H.C. Darby, 1962