Geography (BA/BS)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

1. Communicate Like a Geographer - Convey geographic ideas and information to a variety of audiences using written, graphic, and oral methods.

  • 1.1 Explain geographic ideas and information through map, graphs, tables, written reports, and oral reports.
  • 1.2 Interpret geographic information to different audiences.

2. Think Like a Geographer - Develop a geographic perspective that contributes to an understanding of natural and human characteristics, processes, and patterns; interactions between humans and their environments; and the interdependent global society.

  • 2.1 Describe the dynamic physical and human processes that shape the natural and cultural landscapes and influence the interaction of physical and human processes in a place or region.
  • 2.2 Describe the physical (landform, climate, hydrologic, vegetation, soil) and human (language, religion, political systems, economic systems, population) characteristics of a place or region.
  • 2.3 Evaluate space at different scales (local, regional, and global) and the connections between places in an interdependent world.
  • 2.4 Identify and compare spatial patterns and distributions of physical and human characteristics and resulting regions.

3. Work Like a Geographer - Use geographic concepts and tools to organize, analyze, and present spatial information about regions or topics.

  • 3.1 Students will collect, analyze, and display spatial information using advanced geographic technologies.
  • 3.2 Students will create and use maps, databases, and other geographic tools to organize, analyze, and present information in a spatial context.
  • 3.3 Students will evaluate the quality of geographic data, maps, and other spatial data representations.
  • 3.4 Students will use geographic concepts and tools to study a place, region, or topic.