Bachelor of Arts in Geography
The Department of Earth Science is committed to the practical advancement of knowledge; to serving the local, national and world community; and to the education of earth scientists. Our goal is to produce a well-rounded, well-trained individual who is ready for a professional career or for graduate school.
As a student studying geography, you will have opportunities to work with modern technologies, software, databases and field methods. In addition to traditional courses, we also offer field courses designed to give practical experiences.
Research Centers and Instructional Facilities
We house several research and instructional facilities with some of the most state-of-the-art equipment available. Students and faculty use these facilities as centers of research and instruction to complete coursework and service-learning projects.
The geography major has two concentrations: geographic information sciences (GIS) and emergency management, and tourism studies.
Applying geographic information sciences to topics in emergency management is an approach that will enable you to develop applied skills in both of these increasingly interrelated career paths. Not only are these skills vital for employment in GIS or emergency management positions, but they also provide the skills necessary for marketability and potential employment in land use analysis, homeland security, environmental studies, crime mapping, earth sciences, transportation studies, marketing and retailing, recreational planning, and military and governmental service. GIS is one of the fastest growing fields of employment.
Our tourism studies concentration is accredited by the World Tourism Organization, TedQual (Tourism Education Quality) certification system. The WTO TedQual certification is an international quality assurance system for education, training and research in the field of tourism. Through this accreditation, the tourism program at Cal U is regulated by a series of rigorous education standards with universal scope.
The mission of the tourism studies programs at California University of Pennsylvania is to achieve academic and professional distinction in response to the needs of the tourism industry in the United States and abroad. We encourage students to develop a critical and constructive understanding of tourism planning, resources and impacts by offering them the best teaching, research and service opportunities in the discipline.
Cal U is an affiliate member of the World Tourism Organization Education Council, a specialized agency of the United Nations and the leading international organization in the field of tourism. It also serves as a global forum for tourism policy issues and a practical source of tourism know-how.
The Pennsylvania Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, which represents officially designated destination management organizations within Pennsylvania, has officially endorsed Cal U's tourism education programs and has recognized us as its exclusive education partner.
The university is also affiliated through institutional memberships with the International Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA), the U.S. Travel Association, Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), the International Ecotourism Society (TIES), the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), the Pennsylvania Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus (PACVB), and the Pennsylvania Tourism and Lodging Association (PTLA).
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