Learning Goals and Outcomes

Undergraduate Program Learning Goals (PLGs)

  1. Adopt a global and interdisciplinary perspective that spans the social and physical sciences
  2. Understand the interrelationships and interdependencies between people and the environment, with the goal of creating sustainable futures
  3. Learn how to apply geographical and spatial analysis techniques to solve problems and address contemporary issues
  4. Use critical thinking to explore, analyze and interpret the world

Degree Learning Outcomes (DLOs)

  1. Spatial Organization: Use maps and other geographic representations to organize information about people, places, and environments (BA, BS)
  2. Global Patterns: Describe physical, environmental and/or socio-economic processes that shape patterns of the earth’s surface (BA, BS)
  3. Scalar Analysis: Analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments at a variety of scales (BA, BS)
  4. Population and Mobility: Examine the characteristics, distribution, and mobility patterns of human populations on the earth’s surface (BA, BS)
  5. Environmental Impact: Explain how human activities have altered the natural world, particularly in terms of resource use and ecosystem health (BA, BS)
  6. Sustainability: Interpret the complex relationships between nature and culture/society, especially as these relate to social and environmental sustainability (BA, BS)

Additional Bachelor of Arts (BA) Specific DLOs:

  1. Methods: Demonstrate knowledge of quantitative and qualitative geographic methods (BA)
  2. Critical Perspectives: Demonstrate knowledge of critical social and spatial theories (BA)

Additional Bachelor of Science (BS) specific goals:

  1. Methods: Demonstrate knowledge of methods and techniques in Geographic Information Science (GIS) (BS)
  2. Physical Science: Demonstrate understanding of physical sciences and mathematical principles as they play a role in shaping the earth’s physical environment and human spatial behavior (BS)

Curricular Matrix

The curriculum map explains how the various courses in our program address learning goals for the major and at what level you might expect those learning goals to be addressed in a given course. The curriculum map is not the same as the degree map, by which you track your progress to degree in consultation with your advisor.