Resources for Students
General information about our department, people and programs, can be found in this orientation PDF.
Geography and Planning students have many opportunities to learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Students are encouraged to participate in internship programs and utilize the resources at the college's Career Development Center.
Domestic and International Study
Special field courses are offered in Pennsylvania and West Virginia (caving), the Bahamas, the Canadian Arctic, Cambodia, Thailand and China. Students may also go on short field trips at places like local streams and caves.
Applied Research Projects
Students can work with individual faculty members on research projects and then attend and present research at professional conferences.
Examples of past research projects include: techniques to stabilize eroding stream banks, spatial and socioeconomic trends in house flipping in Buffalo, mapping global education characteristics, remote sensing analysis of organic pollution in lakes China, industrial competitiveness and competitive characteristics of industrial design firms in China, impact of Lake Erie ice boom on local climatology, water quality and habitat assessments in the Buffalo River, sustainable sanitation and drinking water quality evaluations in Cambodia and Thailand.
Students have interned at the following agencies and organizations: Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, City of Buffalo Planning Division, Buffalo Neighborhood, Revitalization Corporation, Town of Amherst Planning Department, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S.D.A., Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ecology and Environment Inc., URS Corporation, Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council