UD geography students are using high-resolution satellite images to update geographic maps of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Department of
Geography &
Spatial Sciences


The Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) has nationally and internationally recognized faculty who are engaged in cutting-edge research and offer exciting educational opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.

GSS provides a unique perspective that seeks to explain patterns of differences and commonality across the human and natural environment. In the Department, students examine the physical properties of the natural environment and the role that human beliefs, activities and decision-making have in shaping the world around us.

Academic Programs


Geography (M.A. or M.S.)
Water Science and Policy (M.S.)


Student Spotlight

UD’s Marissa McClenton, class of 2021, looks to environmental education to help minority communities

“Sharing the knowledge on environmental issues that affect people of color is where all of my passions kind of came to an intersection.”


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Marissa McClenton, a sophomore majoring in environmental studies at UD, standing outside a campu building.
Pearson Hall classroom with students using laptops.


GIScience & Environmental Data Analytics major

Geographic Information Science (GIScience) is the analysis and mapping of large geospatial data sets to better understand the world around us. GIScience allows us to harness the large amounts of data being collected today for the betterment of the environment and society. This major will help you develop in-demand skills, including managing and using large geospatial and environmental data sets, finding meaningful patterns in them, representing their complexity in graphs and tables, and distilling and presenting the coherent and logical stories they tell.

GIScience  major


Assessing forests from afar

UD’s Pinki Mondal offers recommendations on using remote sensing to quantify forest health

Crops for cows

New study shows water scarcity driven by beef production in the Western United States

Resolving water conflicts

UD grad student studies how national conflicts impact shared water resources

Clean energy future?

Not without key minerals and metals, researchers say

India and rice

UD study shows how India can improve nutrition, climate resilience and the environment by diversifying its crop production



 UD student Rebecca King toured one of Russia’s cathedrals.

Senior geography and Russian double major Rebecca King becomes first UD student to receive Critical Language Scholarship and Boren Award.



UD Master's student researches risk in the mushroom industry

Learn about other research areas in the department or check out our full list of faculty to explore their research interests.