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Geography Graduate Degrees

Students conduct original research to determine, analyze, and interpret spatial and temporal patterns and process. Major areas of study include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing, medical geography, biogeography, development in global perspective, and perception of place and region. The program prepares students for careers in academia, an agency, or industry.
Recent Theses and Dissertations:
  • Development of a spatial decision support system for emergency medical service facility siting – Matej Muza
  • A phonological comparison of NDVI products within contiguous United States – Jiaxun Chai
  • Spatial and gender dimensions of IPM adoption in Uganda – Kellyn Montgomery
  • Landscape pattern and blister rust infection in whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) at alpine treeline, northern Rocky Mountains, USA – Lauren Franklin
  • Analysis of viewshed accuracy with variable resolution LIDAR digital surface models and photogrammetrically-derived digital elevation models – Matthew Miller


Option:Master of Science (MS)
Director:Laurence W. Carstensen
115 Major Williams Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0115
(540) 231-6886 

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We have 11 majors for you to choose from with over 10 options to specialize in. Select yours now and join us in bringing the future to nature.