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Geography faculty member, Mark Francek, spinning a globe on his finger

Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Integrate natural and human systems to solve complex problems facing our world, such as why some communities grow while others lose population, how to design better cities and suburbs or even how policymaking can better serve environmental conservation.

CMU gave me a unique advantage by providing a major in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS), something that I have found to be very impressive to employers and has provided me with numerous opportunities.

A world of opportunity

Get hands-on experience with the latest technology through internships, student research opportunities and active classes taught by innovative Central Michigan faculty members.

Learn how to design better cities and suburbs, by learning about how to prevent traffic crashes by creating better roads. Make a difference in Mt. Pleasant as you integrate community stakeholders to create a vision for future land use.

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Find ways companies can be more sustainable by analyzing how food systems, water, and land can be managed better.

Expand your learning with discussions from industry leaders about communicating environmental risk. Then, take your classroom learning to work on projects such as investigating how to make CMU more bike-friendly.

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Examine placemaking and the effort to revitalize Michigan’s downtowns. Explore why some communities are growing and others are losing population. Learn how to build more resilient communities with hands-on experiences, like tracking COVID-19’s impact on small businesses in Mt. Pleasant, discovering good locations to open a business, or creating surveys to identify cultural differences between British and American videogames.

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Combine science, technology and art in the study of Geographic Information Systems. Use your knowledge in real-world projects, such as mapping wetland plants so policymakers can make better decisions about what to conserve, modeling the flow of nutrients into the Chippewa River and Saginaw Bay, or creating user-friendly databases of real estate prices.

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