Department of Geography


Geography is a broad discipline that bridges the physical and social sciences to study the location, distribution and spatial relationships of human and non-human activity across the globe. Geographic topics include, but are not limited to: human relationships with the natural environment, meteorology, climatology, global and regional climate change and the greenhouse effect; land use; resource distribution and use; geospatial technology, including GIS (Geographic Information System/Science), remote sensing and geospatial statistics; studies of population and settlement patterns; global, regional and urban economic developments; location analysis of commercial and industrial facilities and services; and domestic and international studies that emphasize geopolitical structures.

The use of the GIS has significant impact in areas such as telecommunications, marketing, insurance, education transportation, economics, immigration, emergency preparedness and response, military intelligence, national security, public health weather forecasting, climate prediction, and environmental conservation. Graduating seniors who possess a fundamental understanding of the spatial dimensions of human activity and have strong geospatial technology skills are highly sought after in the marketplace.

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Renovated Moseley Hall Re-opens as Science Complex

Renovated Moseley Hall Re-opens as Science Complex

When it re-opens after a major renovation in Fall 2017, Moseley Hall will contain laboratory classrooms for the departments of Geology, Chemistry, Biology and Medical Lab Science. Read More

News and Stories

Applying GIS Technology to Airport Management

Applying GIS Technology to Airport Management

Ellie Clark, senior Geography major, won first prize for Best Undergraduate Poster at the joint West Lakes/East Lakes Division of the American Association of Geographers meeting at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. The title of her poster was “Applying GIS Technology to Airport Management.” Clark is an undergraduate research assistant at the Center for Regional Development (CRD), and the project is a collaboration between Clark and Dr. Russell Mills, a research fellow in the department of Political Science who is also at the CRD. Read More

Otiso Named Professor of Service Excellence

Otiso Named Professor of Service Excellence

Throughout his career, Dr. Kefa Otiso, an urban geographer, has applied his academic expertise, life experience and professional skills to making life better for others. The University recognized his dedication to his discipline, the profession, the University and the larger community by naming him a Professor of Service Excellence. The title was bestowed at the Faculty Excellence Awards on April 13. “Professor Otiso has performed yeoman’s service across various governance bodies at the University across his tenure here,” wrote Dr. Raymond Craig, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “His continued service to broaden our students’ engagement with diverse other people has been consistent and excellent.” Read More

Using Drone Technology in Remote Sensing Science

Using Drone Technology in Remote Sensing Science

For Dr. Anita Simic, there is no better way to demonstrate the power of science than to explore the concept of remote sensing using a drone. The use of a drone for her research provides more accurate and consistent information because it operates on Global Positioning System coordinates. The drone also can reach areas that are not easily accessible by humans, which is proving especially helpful for the work she is doing in the western basin of Lake Erie. “We collaborate with the University of Toledo, Ohio Department of Natural Resources and NASA on this project,” Simic said. Read More