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

Department of
Geography &
Spatial Sciences

Welcome


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

Mapping competition


2020 Inaugural Student Competition for Geospatial Data Visualization and Map Design

The results for the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences and the UD Data Science Institute's university-wide competition for achievements in the art and science of mapping geospatial data have been announced! Click below for winner details and galleries.

 

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Students and instructor in a geospatial mapping class
Pearson Hall classroom with students using laptops.

FEATURED ACADEMIC PROGRAM

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

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EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

 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.

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VIDEO SPOTLIGHT

The Science of How Cities Affect Rainfall and Storms

J. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia delivered the 2020 John R. Mather Visiting Scholars Lecture on November 5. Watch it here, then learn more about our research areas, including meteorology and climatology.

J. Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia delivers the 2020 John R. Mather Visiting Scholars Lecture: youtube.com/watch?v=WbZV-wwcyIM