Behavioral & Social Sciences
Geographers study places, natural and human-altered landscapes and processes by which people make their livelihoods and give their lives meaning. Geospatial analysts build on the traditional tools of geography by combining data, maps and aerial images to analyze landscape processes and change over time from perspectives not always visible from the ground. Our unique location in Gunnison Valley offers insights into often clashing livelihoods and its example allows students to study and recognize the influence of global trends on local spaces.
The Geography & Geospatial Analysis program emphasizes the study of human geography while offering courses in other disciplines to better understand the natural environment.
Students will learn how to:
- Recognize overlapping processes from the past and present, such as how a city's layout reflects centuries-old land ownership and the current economy.
- Identify multiple interacting processes, such as areas of urban growth and changes in a city's tax policies.
- Understand how places came to be through maps, photos and satellite images.
- Analyze spatial patterns of human activity using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Geography and geospatial analysis skills allow you to work in a variety of fields, including:
- City and county planning
- Corporate logistics
- Criminal justice
- Energy management
- Humanitarian relief
- Peace Corps
- Spatial analytics
- Wildlife biology