The Undergraduate Geography Experience at Cal Poly Pomona - Faculty Perspective

Authors: Kyung In Huh*, California State Polytechnic University
Topics: Geography Education, Higher Education
Keywords: undergraduate experience, undergraduate education
Session Type: Lightning Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Maryland C, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Geography has five tenure-track faculty and ten adjunct faculty to support 90 undergraduate geography major students in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Cal Poly Pomona. The campus has total 25,000 undergraduate students enrolled and is located in Pomona, California. There are three undergraduate geography major options in the department: Geographic Studies, Environmental Studies, Geospatial Analysis. The core of all options in Geography, B.S. emphasizes technical and applied perspectives of the discipline balanced by a wide range of physical, human, and regional geography courses. The department administers an interdisciplinary program for Environmental Studies option to minor in Regenerative Studies working with John T. Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies on campus. Faculty and all students are increasingly involved in GIS and applied research, including remote sensing. Department houses in GIS minor program on campus to accommodate other major students who want to study GIS. Students in the department have opportunities to work with faculty on lab-based research including independent study, senior capstone projects and faculty projects. Our students are either job or family committed commuters as well as have minority background as Cal Poly Pomona is a HSIs (Hispanic Serving Institutions). Our students have been supported by departmental scholarships, including Cecil Brown Memorial and Wayne Abbott Swenson. Internship opportunities, especially local non-profit, city, and county offices, expand student training to the work place during academics. As a faculty, I teach multiple courses such as Physical Geography, Advanced Physical Geography, Climate Change, Advanced GIS, Remote Sensing of Environment, and Field Geography.

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