GSS Degree Programs

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


Learn how people and the places they live affect one another while gaining skills in environmental monitoring, modeling and natural and social science research. Read more

Geography Education:

For aspiring social studies teachers who want in-depth knowledge of the world’s places, the people who live in them, and how to connect students with our planet’s ecosystems and cultures. Read more

GIScience and Environmental Data Analytics:

Learn to analyze and harness geospatial data to understand and address environmental problems in this major combining computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics and geography. Read more

Meteorology and Climate Science:

This specialized major will take you to great heights in the study of the atmosphere. Understand our climate and how it is changing. Learn to predict the storms and weather patterns that increasingly affect everyone’s lives. Read more

Environmental science:

Understand and help solve environmental problems with this major’s emphasis on a broad scientific understanding of the character, function and analysis of environmental systems. Read more

Environmental studies:

Through this broad-based introduction to environmental policies and issues, develop the common analytical tools needed to explore them in depth and the ability to integrate and synthesize information from a multidisciplinary perspective. Read more

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.

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 >

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 >

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 >

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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. Read more


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. Read more


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. Read more