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B.A. Geography: Energy Geotechnology-Environmental Compliance Concentration

The Energy Geotechnology/Environmental Compliance Concentration is designed to prepare majors in Geography for careers as spatial/geographic information systems analysts or environmental compliance professionals in the energy industries, or for further graduate studies.

Students who select the Energy Geotechnology/Environmental Compliance Concentration learn about energy resources in northern Appalachia (natural gas, coal, and wind), aspects of the natural environment in the region, regulatory and compliance regimes for the energy industries at federal and state levels, the conceptual and technical aspects of geospatial techniques (cartography, geographic information systems, and global positioning systems), and specific spatial applications implemented in the energy industries. They should be well prepared both conceptually and technically upon graduation for employment in the energy industries.
Geography Energy Geotechnology/Environmental Compliance Checklist

For more information, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

Requirement Checklist (PDF)

Departmental Requirements:

  • Cartography I
  • Cultural Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • Climatology
  • Physiography
  • History of Geography
  • Research Seminar 

Energy Geotechnology/Environmental Compliance Concentration Emphases:

  1. Energy Environmental Permitting and Compliance
  2. Energy Geotechnology

Energy Environmental Permitting and Compliance Emphasis 

(Six courses from the following)

  • Geography of Fresh Water Resources
  • Biogeography for Environmental Managers
  • Technical Issues in Geographic Information Systems
  • Global Positioning Systems Concepts and Techniques
  • Geography of Energy (3)
  • Conservation: Environmental Analysis
  • Energy Development and Compliance I (3).
  • Energy Development and Compliance II
  • Introduction to Planning
  • Environmental Land Use Planning

Energy Geotechnology Emphasis

(Six courses from the following)

  • Map and Photo Interpretation
  • Geography of Fresh Water Resources
  • Remote Sensing
  • Technical Issues in Geographic Information Systems
  • Enterprise GIS Management
  • Global Positioning Systems Concepts and Techniques
  • Geography of Energy (3)
  • Energy Development and Compliance I (3)
  • Energy Development and Compliance II (3)


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