Geography and the Environment A Department of the Division of Social Sciences
Geography and the Environment is the study of place in the same sense that history is the study of time. Moreover, geographers can visit and explore any place in the world. Geographers concentrate on asking two essential questions – “Where are things located?” and “Why are they located there?” From the information we obtain to these questions, geographers can study the local, national and global patterns that shape our lives.
Geographers are interdisciplinary scientists who study both the human and natural environments. As a result, geographers are free to study issues and phenomena from virtually all other disciplines. Geography is divided into three (3) distinct fields and numerous subfields:
- Human geography
- Physical geography
- Technical geography
Human geography is the study of topics in the social sciences and human environment
such as social, political, economic, or population issues. Physical geography is the
study of topics in the physical sciences and natural environment such as climate,
geology, resources, or biology. Technical geography encompasses the technical skills
of geography including mapping and data analysis. Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
have enabled geographers to merge these technical skills.
The Department of Geography at Jacksonville University hosts the Kappa Eta chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon. Eligible students will be invited to join each year by the faculty advisor, Dr. Jeff Martin.
Major and Minor Requirements
Geography and the Environment Major
The Geography major offers an optional "Environment" track for students who'd like to refine their study for more of a focus on environmental issues.
Geography and the Environment Minor
The Geography minor requires 15 credits of coursework.
Some of our students have interned with companies like:
- Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA)
- City of Jacksonville GIS Division
- St. Johns County Public Works
- National Geographic Society
- National Parks Service
- Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Dr. Ray Oldakowski
Department Coordinator; Professor of Geography and the Environment
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Dr. Ashley Johnson
Assistant Professor of Geography and the Environment & Sustainability
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Dr. Jeff Martin
Associate Professor of Geography and the Environment