About Us

The Geography Department employs 7 full-time professors with doctorate degrees in geography from some of the top graduate programs in the United States. Faculty are committed to creating a positive environment for student learning, and our small class sizes present many opportunities for faculty to get to know students. For more information about faculty, choose the link on the left, and click on a faculty member's name.


Student Learning Goals

The eight principal goals for SVSU’s Geography minors are:

  1. To understand the synergism between Physical Geography (aspects of the physical Earth) and Human Geography (aspects of human societies).
  2. To be conversant with the myriad concentrations in Human Geography (e.g. cultural, regional, historical, political, economic, population, urban, planning, medical) and Physical Geography (e.g. geomorphology, climatology, meteorology, biogeography, paleoecology), and to understand the interactions among these concentrations.
  3. To appreciate the relationships Geography has with its cognate disciplines (e.g. History, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Geology, Archaeology; Biology, Forestry, Computer Science and Physics).
  4. To appreciate the world as a diverse mix of complex social and cultural systems.
  5. To understand the theory and application of at least one set of Geospatial Techniques (Geographic Information Systems, Remote Sensing), including understanding the strengths and shortcomings of its application.
  6. To be able to collect and critique literature on a wide range of geographic topics.
  7. To be able to acquire, interpret, and manipulate information from a variety of sources (e.g. Census, Satellite Imagery, etc.).
  8. To understand how geographers design and conduct research by examining the products of others’ research and by carrying out their own projects.

In addition, the curriculum for the geography minor for teacher certification is aligned with national and Michigan standards.  For more information on Michigan standards, see the MTTC (Michigan Test for Teacher Certification) study guide for geography (008).

Accrediting/Certifying Body: Michigan State Board of Education (for the Teacher Certification Minor)

Professional Organizations/Standards that informed development of learning outcomes: Association of American Geographers, National Geographic Society, National Council for Geographic Education, National Council for the Social Studies