About Us

scicenterThe Geography Department at Keene State is housed in the modern Putnam Science Center (at right).  With five full-time faculty and a number of professional instructors, the department offers courses that span the breadth of the discipline including human, physical, environmental and technical offerings.

The Geography Department includes a GIS Teaching Lab with 20 Dell workstations running state of the art Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS/ArcInfo) and image processing software (ENVI).  Facilities also include 12 workstations in the new Community GIS Center where students can pursue internships and independent research projects that require advanced software, as well as a Geography Research Room with computer and printer facilities.

Learn more about the department in this video created by Katie Bolvin ’13:

Beyond the classroom, geography students can take advantage of internships, field courses, and regular travel opportunities.  Through our internship program, our students have recently worked at Nashua Regional Planning Commission, Monadnock Conservancy, Southwest Region Planning Commission, City of Keene Recreation Department and the NH Department of Environmental Protection.Upon graduation, Keene State geography students are able to pursue work in a broad array of occupations.

The U.S. Department of Labor recently identified spatial technologies and expertise (geography/GIS) as one of the three primary areas of employment opportunity for the 21st century.

Geography examines the Earth through the lens of human-environment interaction. Geography is recognized for both its physical, environmental, cultural, and technical attributes. The physical realm examines the Earth’s dynamic systems and landscape evolution while the environmental realm focuses on human interaction with the constantly changing forces of nature. The cultural realm examines human health, demographics and economics.  Geospatial technologies, including GIS, remote sensing, and computer mapping, are vital tools in geographic research.   Major topics of study in Geography include sustainability, demographics, climate change, language, urbanization, globalization, resource management, and environmental impacts.

Abundant employment opportunities are available for geographers in government, industry, education and non-profits.  Local, state, and federal agencies concerned with such issues as regional planning, geopolitics, economic development, and environmental impact hire geographers under a variety of titles. Industry and business employs geographers as environmental planners, market researchers, economic analysts, and logistics experts.

The geography major requires 40 credits of geography courses. One statistics course is recommended. Students considering graduate work in geography should develop strong skills in GIS. Geography students who complete the teacher education option are eligible for Secondary Social Studies certification.

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