Department of Geography and the Environment

Sustainability

Sustainability involves meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The three pillars of sustainability are basic human needs, diverse natural environments, and the quality of human life including recognizing cultural values and human rights. Geography is an appropriate major for those interested in sustainability, as it includes study of the natural environment, human use of the environment, human impacts on the environment, and social and cultural values and ideals as they involve the environment, while at the same time providing training in practical techniques such as geographic information science and remote sensing and opportunities for internships and capstone experiences.  The Sustainability track in Geography emphasizes advanced study of past, present, and future interactions between nature, society, and development.  As such, it contributes to a general liberal arts education for future leaders and innovators in government, the private sector, education, and non-governmental organizations.  It also provides excellent background for student pursuing graduate education in law, medicine, public affairs, business, interdisciplinary environmental studies, and geography.

Students selecting this track take courses such as:

GRG 304E: Environmental Science: A Changing World

GRG 306C: Conservation

GRG 323K: South America: Nature, Society and Sustainability

GRG 331K: Nature, Society and Adaptation

GRG 333K: Climate Change

GRG 336C: National Parks and Protected Areas

GRG 339K: Environment, Development, and Food Production

GRG 342C: Sustainable Development

GRG 344K: Global Food, Farming and Hunger

GRG 350K: Geographies of Globalization

GRG 356T: Human Health and Environment

GRG 357: Medical Geography

GRG 360G: Environmental Geographic Information Systems

GRG 366C: Comparative Ecosystems

Students are urged to consider the departmental honors sequence (679HA/HB), which can be used to meet track or core requirements when pursued under the guidance of an appropriate faculty member.

Note: In addition to the above, all geography majors must also complete the core requirements in Human Geography, Physical Geography, and Techniques.