Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Stetson boasts Florida's first department of geography and Gamma Theta Upsilon affiliation since 1956. We offer a B.S. degree and minor track for students interested in the dynamics of space and place. Geography is much more than maps, countries, their capitals, and major exports. A process oriented discipline, geography emphasizes the interconnections among all places and things. Geographers seek to explain why things occur the way they do in specific locations. Common themes for study include culture, climate, economics, globalization, regional studies (our faculty have spent years living in Russia and Latin America), landscape, urban planning, development, and cartography. Our emphasis in on the processes governing the interactions of humans with environment. Our facilities include three state-of-the art teaching laboratories and the Rinker Environmental Learning Center (A LEED Gold Certified Building). The Hansen Computer Lab features 18 computers loaded with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software that is the industry standard. The geography department is housed administratively in the Gillespie Museum of Minerals; classes meet most frequently in Sage Hall and the Rinker Environmental Learning Center - two of the newest buildings on campus. For more information you may contact the program chair
The Environmental Science program offers both B.A. and a B.S. program tracks. A minor is also available. The B.S. program involves the study of environmental issues from a natural science perspective with an emphasis on nature conservation. The B.A. program involves the study of environmental issues from a social science perspective with a focus on policy and culture. Environmental Science at Stetson is a multidisciplinary affair, offering students a diversity of perspectives on environmental problems and solutions, and is suitable for those interested in everything from field science to environmental law. The concept of sustainability is an organizing principle among the courses. The Environmental Science faculty come from no fewer than eleven departments in natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Faculty are involved in diverse projects, including reforestation in Latin America, greenhouse gas and sustainability auditing, cultural conservation among the Maya, limnology research, native plant ecology, American cultural studies, and herpetology. The faculty is dedicated to active and experiential learning programs involving fieldwork, both in central Florida and abroad. For more information you may contact the program chair.