Missouri State University - Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning

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The geography faculty of Missouri State offer a Bachelor of Arts in Geography, a Bachelor of Science in Geography, and a Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Sciences.  The Bachelor of Science in Geography offers concentration areas in General Geography, Environmental and Natural Resources, and Travel Geography. In addition to these majors, the geography faculty offer minors in Geography, Global Studies, Tourism and Travel, and Geospatial Sciences.  All majors and minors are focused on student involvement in intellectual studies and practical hands-on work in the field and the laboratory.  Recent graduates of our programs have gone on to graduate schools or started careers with a wide range of private companies and governmental agencies. 

With eight geology faculty members whose areas of expertise cover all the major subdisciplines of the science, Missouri State University offers both Comprehensive and Non-comprehensive Bachelor of Science degrees in geology. The Missouri State geology programs are designed to emphasize practical, hands-on laboratory and field experience. Numerous courses include field trips or field research projects, and the department offers three courses devoted exclusively to field studies. Recent graduates of our B.S. programs are currently employed by a wide variety of companies and governmental agencies involved in the exploration for mineral and energy resources and in resource management and environmental protection. 

The Department of Geography, Geology and Planning at Missouri State University offers a comprehensive major in geospatial science for the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.  The curriculum consists of courses carefully selected in consultation with professionals from the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, the United States Geological Survey, and a number of map-making companies.  Students who major in this program obtain professional training in the analysis of available source material, map planning and design, photogrammetric compilation, computer graphics, remote sensing interpretation, digital image processing, surveying, and drafting.  A strong demand exists for qualified geospatial scientists with various governmental agencies and numerous privale engineering and planning firms, petroleum exploration companies, utilities, and transportation companies. 

Two graduate programs are also offered by the Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning:  Master of Science, Geospatial Sciences in Geography and Geology, and MSEd, Secondary Education: Earth Science Emphasis.

Source: Department Website July 2010

Additional Info

  • Department Name: Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning
  • Disciplines and Research Areas: Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Geology, Geochemistry, Geomorphology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
  • Degrees: BA, BS, MS
  • State: Missouri
  • City: Springfield
  • Phone: (417) 836-5800