Geography — Track in Environment and Society

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
StudyQA ranking:5652 Duration:48 months

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Students in the Environment and Society program take an interdisciplinary perspective on the relationship between human society and the natural world.

The goal of the program is to give students a solid grounding in how social, cultural, political, economic, and demographic systems operate within human societies and how those systems affect our understanding and use of the non-human world. We emphasize the use of both qualitative and quantitative techniques for understanding the world around us. Students leave the program with a solid cross-cultural understanding of environmental issues and an ability to analyze cultural and political controversies over nature.

The environment and society program provides students with a base in liberal arts skills (critical thinking, writing, and speaking) and in analytical skills such as data collection in the field, in the library, and on the computer; the use of global positioning systems; the use of mapping, spreadsheet, and database software. Many of our students have found work that allow them to address important environmental and social issues in the private or public sector. Representative employment areas for our graduates include environmental consulting, pollution remediation, environmental law or public policy, outdoor education, resource management, geographic information systems analysis, nonprofit environmental organizations, and planning.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Major Requirements - Credits: 50

Basic Core - Credits: 15

  • GES 150 - The Natural Environment Credits: 3
  • GES 205 - Cultural Geography Credits: 3
  • GES 315 - Cartography I Credits: 3
  • GES 331 - Economic Geography Credits: 3
  • GES 489 - Field Studies Credits: 3

Techniques Core - Credits: 8

  • GES 115 - Map Reading and Interpretation Credits: 1
  • GES 220 - General Methods of Fieldwork Credits: 3
  • GES 325 - Introduction to Geographic Information Science Credits: 3
  • EGEO 272 - Introduction to Georeports/Lab Credits: 1

Regional Geography - Credits: 3

Choose one course from the following:

  • GES 303 - Asia Credits: 3
  • GES 307 - Australia Credits: 3
  • GES 309 - Africa Credits: 3

Planning and Policy - Credits: 3

Choose one course from the following:

  • GES 215 - Planning for Sustainable Communities Credits: 3
  • GES 324 - Environmental Law and Policy Credits: 3

Human Geography - Credits: 3

Choose one course from the following:

  • GES 345 - Population Analysis Credits: 3
  • GES 361 - Gender & the Environment Credits: 3
  • GES 375 - Geography of Intolerance Credits: 3

Additional Environment & Society courses - Credits: 6

  • GES 344 - Environmental Justice Credits: 3
  • GES 444 - World Environmental Thought Credits: 3

Geography Electives - Credits: 9

Choose any three 300/400 level GES courses

Required Mathematics - Credits: 3

  • MATH 152 - Elementary Statistics I Credits: 3


Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT. We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

  • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable
  • SAT or ACT Scores
  • $30.00 application fee

WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.
Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

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    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

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* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Slippery Rock University.


Contact the Office of Financial Aid for detailed information on various financial aid programs and scholarship materials. You can submit your questions regarding financial assistance directly to the Financial Aid Office at Students are encouraged to apply for admission early.

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