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Geography and Planning

Address:
103 Ruby Jones Hall
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2343

Name: Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey
Position: Department Chair
Email: DIvesDewey@wcupa.edu

Name: Heather MacQueen
Position: Department Secretary
Email: HMacQueen@wcupa.edu

The Geography and Planning Department offers programs that bridge the physical and social sciences, combining the theoretical with practical experience. Students gain knowledge that can be applied to societal and environmental problems and to future planning. Departmental programs prepare the student for the post-graduation job market as well as for advanced educational opportunities.

For more information, please contact the Geography and Planning Department Chair, Dr. Dottie Ives Dewey, or call 610-436-2343.

NEW UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE OPTION

Starting in fall 2016, the Geography & Planning Department will offer a new undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Science (BS) in Urban and Environmental Planning

The BS Urban and Environmental Planning program is designed to prepare graduates to work as professional planners, geographic information systems (GIS) analysts, and environmental specialists and in related fields. The program will ensure students are trained with cutting-edge geospatial technologies and with a deep knowledge of local and regional sustainability concerns.

The program is unique due to the full integration of geospatial technologies and sustainability throughout the curriculum. Geospatial technologies have been rapidly expanding and evolving in recent years. An abundance of spatially-oriented information is emerging from aerial photography, satellite remote sensing, image processing, global positioning systems (GPS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Geospatial technologies permeate all layers of society with GPS-enabled smartphones, to real-time traffic maps, to increasingly more sophisticated data availability from satellites and other remote sensing sources.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently identified the geospatial technology sector as one of the three technology areas that would create the greatest number of new jobs over the next decade.

The focus on sustainability will result in a curriculum that incorporates more solutions to some of our greatest contemporary challenges, such as uncovering solutions and adaptations to global climate change. Considering the multiple components of sustainability, the program offers the integration of economic development, environmental protection, social priorities and place-based problem solving.

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in the public, not-for-profit, and public sectors. Whether planners, environmental specialists or GIS analysts, the program provides future practitioners with the knowledge, technical skills, and values to enable them to become effective professionals.

For more information, please contact Dorothy Ives Dewey, Ph.D., AICP, PP, Chair of the Geography & Planning Department, Professor of Planning, divesdewey@wcupa.edu, 610-436-2746.

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