Many problems facing society today have a geographical dimension. By studying Geography at the University of North Texas, you learn to apply research methods and spatial and environmental problem-solving skills to:
The Department of Geography and the Environment offers course work leading to a Master of Science degree in Geography and a 15-credit-hour certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Our curriculum educates you in physical and human geography through required course work, research and teaching experience, and numerous internship opportunities.
We house several specialized laboratories for studying archaeological science, earth science, physical geology, geomorphology, hydrology, ecosystems, remote sensing and GIS.
You can gain additional insights by interacting and researching with faculty members from the School of Public Health at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and specialists in environmental science through the Advanced Environmental Research Institute.
Our faculty members are recognized experts in their fields. They conduct research in:
The university provides several services exclusively to graduate students. The Graduate Student Writing Support office can help you with writing, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Research offers assistance with statistical research.
A Thesis Boot Camp and other specialized workshops are available through the Toulouse Graduate School. Many of the workshops are available online for your convenience.
Globalization, Cities, and Development trains students to understand the complexities of our global society, our cities and our unequal geographies of life and livelihood.
Geomorphology focuses on the evolution of landforms that shape the Earth's surface and their societal significance. You'll study hazards such as flooding, expansive soils, landslides, hurricanes and coastal erosion.
GIS plays a vital role in planning, policy and implementation in urban geography, economic/ business development, environmental science and medical geography.
Business geography integrates geographic analysis, reasoning and technology to improve business decisions.
Medical geography focuses on the theory and techniques needed to understand the spatial patterns of health outcomes, environmental risks and exposures, disease spread and the distribution of and need for health care services.
Urban environments prepares you to understand the implementation of compliance and ethical strategies necessary for sustaining the urban environment.
Water resources management prepares you for a role in a research or regulatory agency, municipality, water supply district or environmental consulting firm by studying scientific, technical and political aspects of water resources management.
The center maintains fully-equipped laboratories in archaeology, geoarchaeology and zooarchaeology. Research includes projects at the 1.8 million-year-old site of Dmanisi in the Republic of Georgia, environmental impacts resulting from human colonization in New Zealand, and several projects in Texas.
This unit provides opportunities in computer-aided analyses of remotely sensed and other spatial data. Research includes monitoring land and water environments, developing information management systems to assist in decisions about natural resources ecosystem-level analyses for land management questions, and change detection of urban land use and sand dune migration using multitemporal LiDAR data.
This is a multidisciplinary research center focused on activities related to population health. Projects include outbreak modeling, visualization of complex data, geospatial analysis and response plan design.
Faculty and students affiliated with this lab study the impacts of global environmental change -- land-use/land-cover change and climate change -- on the structure and function of terrestrial ecosystems in spatially heterogeneous landscapes.
The lab develops mathematical models and computer simulations to assess the impacts of anthropogenic stressors on environmental and ecological systems. Research topics include linking environmental models to remote sensing and GIS for landscape and regional dynamics, studying how global change affects ecosystems, and integrating modeling with optical and microwave sensors and data acquisition electronics.
Researchers study contemporary and historical geomorphological processes, including hazards such as flooding, expansive soils, landslides, hurricanes, tsunamis and coastal erosion.
You'll need to meet the admission requirements for the graduate school and provide the following materials in your admission application:
Program admission is based on a holistic review of your qualifications. More detailed admission information is available at geography.unt.edu. Graduate school admission requirements are outlined at gradschool.unt.edu.
The GIS certificate program provides the conceptual understanding and technical proficiency necessary to apply GIS in various settings. Fifteen credit hours of course work are required to earn the certificate. More information on the GIS certification is available from the graduate advisor and at geography.unt.edu using the academic programs link.
We provide teaching and research assistantships on a competitive basis to help you pursue your graduate degree. Teaching assistants work in earth science, geology, GIS and archaeology laboratory classes or assist instructors in introductory geography courses. Research assistantships are often available through faculty research grants.
Waquar Ahmed, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Clark University. Global governance institutions; corporate power; foreign direct investments; exploitation of nature in general and conventional energy resources in particular energy infrastructure; state-society relations.
Ipsita Chatterjee, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Clark University. Globalization; urban transformations; class; identity; conflict; justice; social movement; political economy.
Pinliang Dong, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of New Brunswick (Canada). Geographic information systems; remote sensing; spatial analysis.
C. Reid Ferring, Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas; Ph.D., Southern Methodist University. Geology; physical geography; archaeology.
Matt Fry, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Human-environment geography; Latin America, particularly Mexico and Bolivia.
Paul F. Hudak, Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara. Groundwater modeling and monitoring; hydrogeology; water resources.
Kent M. McGregor, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas. Remote sensing; cartography; meteorology; climatology.
Lisa Nagaoka, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington. Zooarchaeology; evolutionary ecology; oceanic prehistory.
Joseph R. Oppong, Professor and Associate Dean of Research and Professional Development for the Toulouse Graduate School; Ph.D., University of Alberta (Canada). Human geography; location-allocation models; statistical methods; medical geography.
Feifei Pan, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology. Hydrology; water resources; environmental modeling; remote sensing; GIS.
Alexandra Ponette-González, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Global environmental change and tropical terrestrial ecosystem dynamics; effects of land-use change and climatic variability on the water cycle; atmospheric deposition; vegetation dynamics.
Murray D. Rice, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Saskatchewan (Canada). Applied economic geography; regional economic development; urban geography.
Chetan Tiwari, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of Iowa. Medical geography; GIS; spatial analysis; spatial decision support systems.
Harry F. L. Williams, Professor; Ph.D., Simon Fraser University (Canada). Geomorphology; physical geography; cartography; geology; paleoenvironments.
Steve Wolverton, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of North Texas; Ph.D., University of Missouri. Ecology; paleoecology of North America; environmental archaeology; paleozoology; conservation biology.