Geography Program

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Individual attention allows you to study your area of specialization in depth!

Due to the small size of the program and its classes, there is a lot of individual attention available to students. The flexibility of the following courses allows for this individual attention and an in depth study in the area in which a student chooses to specialize. The material for these courses is arranged between the student and the faculty, in order to permit the student to specialize in his/her own areas of interest. In one recent example, three students created a GIS system for Point AuRoche state park. In doing this, they together spent 15–20 hours per week with a professor, receiving guidance and attention with their work. The courses are:

Independent Study in Geography — GEG 499

In GEG 499 students design their own specialized area of independent study.

Cognate Requirement

The cognate requirement consists of an additional twelve (12) hours in a field of study worked out in consultation with the student's academic advisor. This requirement adds greater depth tailored to a student's interest within the field of geography. Some examples of courses of study that can be pursued for this requirement include: anthropology; environmental science; photography; geology; hotel, tourism and restaurant management; history; education; political science; economics; business, marketing; recreation; Canadian Studies, Latin American Studies; and the Adirondacks. Also, completion of any semester abroad or an academic minor will fulfill this requirement.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about geography at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Edwin Romanowicz, Director
Office: Hudson Hall 132
Phone: (518) 564-2028
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 554-1041
Fax: (518) 564-5267
Email: [email protected]