Overview

Students who graduate with a BS in Geography and Sustainable Development are trained in methods of geographic inquiry and geospatial technology, and work to propose solutions that advance sustainable development worldwide.

Curriculum Requirements

University General Education Requirements
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
Arts and Humanities Cognate 9
People and Society Cognate9
Language Requirement3-9
Minor Requirement15
Math Sequence6
Writing Requirement 112
Study Abroad (optional)15
Degree Requirements 2,3
GEG 110Introduction to Human Geography3
GEG 120Physical Geography3
GEG 306Geographic Research Methods3
GEG 310Geographic Information Systems I3
GEG 321Remote Sensing of the Environment3
GEG 331Sustainable Development3
GEG 410Geographic Information Systems II3
GEG 501Capstone Research Seminar3
Elective Courses9
Additional Electives12
Total Credit Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
UMX 100 The University of Miami Experience 0
GEG 110 Introduction to Human Geography 3
GEG 120 Physical Geography 3
Language Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Spring
ENG 106 English Composition II 3
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
GEG Elective 3
Language Course 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours16
Year Two
Fall
Language Course 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
BIO, CHM, GEL, or PHY Course 3
GEG 331 Sustainable Development 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GEG 306 Geographic Research Methods 3
GEG 241 Health and Medical Geography 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
GEG 310 Geographic Information Systems I 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Three
Fall
GEG 321 Remote Sensing of the Environment 3
GEG 410 Geographic Information Systems II 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
300 Level GEG Elective 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
GEG Elective - Advanced Techniques 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Year Four
Fall
300 Level GEG Elective 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GEG 501 Capstone Research Seminar 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
General or GEG Elective Course 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours122

Mission

The mission of the Department of Geography and Sustainable Development (GEG)  is to transform lives through education, research and innovation, and service. Through education, we transform the lives of our students, helping them to become professionals and global citizens with outstanding analytical and communication skills, creative abilities, and a sense of civic responsibility needed in an increasingly complex society. Through research and innovation, we advance the frontiers of geographic knowledge while pursuing solutions to some of society's most pressing challenges. Finally, through service, we support organizations and agencies (from local to global) that adopt principles of sustainable development as a way to ensure long-term human prosperity without undermining the integrity and stability of natural and social systems.

Goals

The BS in Geography and Sustainable Development program aims to graduate students who use methods of geographic inquiry and geospatial technology to propose solutions that advance sustainable development worldwide. We prepare students for positions in government, business, urban and regional planning, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), resource management, environmental analysis, and teaching. We offer courses that provide students with marketable skills for today's job market, such as medical geography, sustainable cities, sustainable development, sustainable food,  GIS, digital cartography, satellite remote sensing, land use and land cover analysis, and spatial statistics. During their studies, our students develop global citizenship, which prepares them to examine and find solutions for global problems by using different analytical lenses and methods, as well as develop skills to work effectively in multi-cultural environments and collaborative settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Foundational Knowledge (SLO1): Students will understand the most fundamental concepts and theories in geography and sustainable development, including the spatial patterns and processes of human and physical phenomena, the interactions between people and nature, and the challenges to conciliate human prosperity and environmental conservation worldwide.

    Scientific Inquiry and Communication Skills (SLO2): Students will apply various theoretical and methodological approaches in geography and be able to develop research questions, critically analyze both qualitative and quantitative data to answer those questions, and effectively communicate their findings in oral and written formats.

    Knowledge Translation Skills (SLO3): Students will be able to synthesize geographic knowledge and develop collaborative solutions to problems in sustainable development within the local community, region, and world by demonstrating strong ethical behavior and high levels of responsibility and integrity. 

    Geospatial Technology Skills (SLO4): Students will create individual portfolios of projects that demonstrate their capacity to integrate and apply geospatial technologies (Global Positioning Systems, Remote Sensing, and Geographic Information Systems) to data analysis and problem solving.