Whether you’re interested in an arts-based degree (B.A. in Geography) or a science-based degree (B.S. in Geography), you can pursue your goals in Georgia Southern University’s Geography degree program. Your professors are committed to your success, and your peers are here to push you forward. Discover how geography influences our program, starting with a broad science education and culminating in an in-depth focus on geography.
Human Geography focuses on patterns and processes of human interaction with the built environment and the causes and consequences of the spatial distribution of human activities on the Earth’s surface (e.g., migration, transportation systems, urbanization, socio-economic conditions, and tourism). The human geography program is mainly centered on the research interests of Dr. Wei Tu and Dr. Robert Yarbrough. Topics of current research projects include community geography, structural changes of the U.S. economy, geographies of human rights and social justice, the politics-of-place and identity construction, immigration studies, place and identity, critical social geographies, and spatial analysis of infectious diseases. Regional expertise covers Asia, Europe, South America, and North America.
Geography students on a field trip to Ecuador
Physical Geography focuses on the processes and patterns in the natural environment (e.g., global warming, land-use and land-cover change, water resources, deforestation, and soil erosion). The physical geography program of the Department is mainly centered on individual research projects of Dr. Mark Welford. Topics of current research projects include conservation, biogeography and geodynamics of Andean cloud forest; fluvial and hillslope geomorphology; biogeography of birds, natural hazards, and coastal risk assessment.
Geography Alum Luke Davis at Cotopaxi (~15750 ft) Ecuador
Geographic Information Science (GISci)
Geographic Information Science is based computer systems used to collect, store, analyze, and communicate spatially related data. GISci encompasses techniques in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), global positioning systems (GPS), and spatial analysis. The Department’s GISci program was initiated in the late 1990s and a minor in GIS was established in 2000. Currently five GISci-related courses are offered by Dr. Wei Tu. Topics of current research projects include community geography, spatial analysis of infectious diseases, spatial patterns of low birth weight in southeast Georgia.
Dr. Wei Tu talking to a student at the College of Undergraduate Research Symposium