Welcome to Geography and GIS at Tech
The Geography program at Louisiana Tech University offers students a range of academic opportunities. Course options include introductory human and physical geography classes. Advanced courses cover topics ranging from pop culture to landscape studies to industrial site location. Students graduating with a degree in Geography will enter the job market well rounded; educated in the classic liberal arts tradition, but with computing skills desired by employers in the 21st century.
Geography is primarily the study of patterns and processes of human activity. Geography majors at Louisiana Tech may select from a variety of human geography courses, as well as physical geography and Geographic Information Science (GIS). As a part of the liberal arts curriculum, students majoring in Geography can expect to develop excellent reading, writing, and thinking skills. In addition, geography majors also receive training in highly marketable computing and statistical techniques. The dualistic nature of the discipline prepares students for a broad variety of career paths. Virtually every enterprise collects data and most need skilled interpreters of data. Students graduating with a degree in Geography may find themselves working in real estate, banking, advertising and marketing, for government agencies, in educational institutions, in the transportation sector, for forestry companies, and for utility companies, to name just a few.
Geographic Information Science
The Geographic Information Science curriculum is designed for students interested in understanding, analyzing, and applying the spatial relationship among human and physical features (for example, the social and economic impact of natural disasters). Students of GIS learn how to use computer software programs that identify the interactions that transpire between humans and the physical environment based on location. They also learn how to analyze those interactions, and to use that information to assist with public and private sector management, administration, and planning. There is a large and growing need for graduates with GIS training. Excellent opportunities exist for GIS analysts, cartographers, database and system administrators, photogrammetrists, image analysts, GIS coordinators, and programmers. Employment can be found, for example, in government agencies such as the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in city and state governments for planning, environment, resource, and transportation, as well as in diverse areas in the private sector.
Geography and GIS Resources
The largest professional organization for Geography is the Association of American Geographers (AAG). Their website contains a great deal of helpful information: www.aag.org.