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Due to the small size of the program and its classes, there is a lot of individual attention available to students. The flexibility of the following courses allows for this individual attention and an in depth study in the area in which a student chooses to specialize. The material for these courses is arranged between the student and the faculty, in order to permit the student to specialize in his/her own areas of interest. In one recent example, three students created a GIS system for Point AuRoche state park. In doing this, they together spent 15 - 20 hours per week with a professor, receiving guidance and attention with their work. The courses are:
In GEG 490 students will work with faculty members in their fields of specialization, which include: environmental studies, natural resources, recreation and tourism, geomorphology, historical geography, regional geography, economic geography, planning, climatology, political geography, the Adirondacks, urban geography, agricultural geography and computer applications in geography such as GIS and computer mapping. (3-12 credit hours)
In GEG 498 students undertake internships in which they obtain professional work experience in geography-related firms or agencies. Examples of these internships include Student Conservation Association internships from Alabama to Alaska working in National Parks, National Forests, National Wildlife Refuges and other public lands; internships with state agencies such as the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and New York Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and public and private planning agencies. (3-12 credit hours)
In GEG 499 students design their own specialized area of independent study.
The cognate requirement consists of an additional twelve (12) hours in a field of study worked out in consultation with the student's academic advisor. This requirement adds greater depth tailored to a student's interest within the field of geography. Some examples of courses of study that can be pursued for this requirement include: anthropology; environmental science; photography; geology; hotel, tourism and restaurant management; history; education; political science; economics; business, marketing; recreation; Canadian Studies, Latin American Studies; and the Adirondacks. Also, completion of any semester abroad or an academic minor will fulfill this requirement.
If you would like more information about geography at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Dr. Robert Fuller, Chairperson
Office: Ward Hall 239
Phone: (518) 564-2028
Fax: (518) 564-5267