GSS Degree Programs

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The Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences (GSS) at the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment offers a variety of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs that will prepare you for an exciting and impactful career in academia, government or private industry.

Undergraduate Majors

Study Abroad


Students from many majors can join our study abroad programs. CEOE programs have traveled to New Zealand, Mexico, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Australia, Fiji, Barbados, and many other places. These trips explore the geographic, marine, geological, biological, chemical and cultural environments of the destinations.

Graduate Programs

The Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences at the University of Delaware offers masters and doctoral degree programs for students interested in human geography, physical geography, and climatology. We also offer certificate programs in Geographic Information Systems and Minerals, Materials and Society. Our graduate programs include:

Applicants who are interested in a graduate program should contact potential advisors prior to submitting an application. A lists of individual faculty members’ research interests are available on their profile pages.

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Environmental Science and Management (M.S., Ph.D.)

he college-wide interdisciplinary Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management (ESM) focuses on the intersection of environmental science, policy, and management. Read more >

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Climatology (Ph.D.)

Program areas include the physics of climatology (thermodynamics, radiation, and cloud processes), atmospheric dynamics (forces and flows), measurement (microclimatological methods and instrumentation, remote sensing) and computational methods for data analysis and synthesis. Read more >

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Geography (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.)

Individualized areas of study include physical geography, human geography or coupled human-environment systems. Read more >

Water Science & Policy (M.S., Ph.D.)

The interdisciplinary program in Water Science & Policy educates students to address the complex challenges that we face today; to develop solutions that are socially acceptable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable; and to be true stewards of our environment. Read more >

Graduate Certificates

Geographic Information Science (GIS) Certificate

Offers advanced skills training for working professionals aspiring to leadership positions in the GIS field, one of the top emerging technologies in the workforce. For additional information, please contact Director of the GIS Certificate Program Kyle Davis at or 302-831-2294.

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Minerals, Materials and Society (MMS) Certificate

This certificate program is the first of its kind in the United States to offer a for-credit graduate program aimed at industry, government and civil society professionals working across mineral and extractive supply chains. The program approaches the topic from an interdisciplinary and industrial ecology perspective with attention to key skills needed to evaluate the environmental and social impacts of the sector. The program is designed with online offerings, as well as on-campus and field course offerings.

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Wind Power Science and Policy Certificate

This certificate from UD is known for its cutting-edge, interdisciplinary, and collaborative wind power research and education. Coursework provides students accreditation in wind turbine engineering and explores the relationship of renewable energy impacts on the environment, regulations and society.