Department of Geography & Planning

Department of Geography & Planning

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One of Minnesota's most comprehensive departments, we specialize in these areas: Geographic Information Science (GIS), Hospitality and Tourism, Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences, Planning and Community Development, Social Studies Education and cultural/physical/regional Geography. 

We offer cutting-edge research facilities in GIS, image processing and cartography.

Our students study abroad, mature in organizations, network at events and gain experience in real-world internships.

Leverage the national and international connections of our faculty to advance your career.

Please note: Although courses successfully completed at a community and technical college may count toward total credits required for a bachelor's degree, such courses will not be counted toward upper division (300 or 400 level) credit. Requests for transferring credits for major requirements and electives need to be addressed to the Department Chair, Dr. Randal Baker, for program consideration.


  • Geography

    With a wealth of natural and cultural landscapes in Central Minnesota, you will learn the latest theories and technology at one of the most comprehensive geography programs in Minnesota.
  • Geographic Information Science (GIS)

    Build marketable skills mapping, aerial photo, satellite image interpretation, and more.
  • Hospitality and Tourism

    Hotels, event planning, destination management - become a force in a multi-trillion dollar industry.
  • Land Surveying and Mapping Sciences

    Receive the education to become a licensed land surveyor, surveying technician, cartographer, and more at the only program of its kind in the six-state Upper Midwest.
  • Planning and Community Development

    Gain the knowledge and credentials to work in the field of planning with a bachelor's degree, undergraduate or graduate certificate - in person or online.
  • Social Studies Education

    Economics, geography, history, political science, psychology and sociology – A degree that creates active, engaged and supportive education professionals through interdisciplinary experiential learning opportunities.