About the Department

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The geography department is committed to helping students understand and engage the world around them from a spatial perspective through teaching, research and service. Geography is a problem-solving discipline whose programs and resources provide students with both technical skills and a liberal arts perspective to prepare them for life-long careers.

The geography department offerings combine a strong background in the academic tradition of geography with applied fields such as

  • regional development and planning
  • environmental sustainability
  • meteorology and climatology
  • tourism development and travel marketing
  • geographic information systems  (GIS)
  • cartography
  • remote sensing and digital image processing

In 2006, the United Nation's World Tourism Organization (WTO) certified the Department's Tourism education program (BS degree Tourism Concentration), which conforms with and meets the international standards criteria of the WTO.

The department's Digital Geography Lab (DGL) is regarded as one of the best academic geography-based computer labs in the country. This unique facility is dedicated to supporting and fostering undergraduate and graduate geo-spatial computing education and research. The DGL supports the Department's extensive and diverse curriculum with specialized software and hardware. The DGL facilitates collaboration within the department, and is a focal point for faculty, undergraduate and graduate research.

The geography department is located on North Campus, Meier Hall 326.

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