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Gegoraphy Holden HallGeography brings together elements of both the physical and social sciences to understand the spatial distribution of phenomena, how and why places differ from one another, and how people interact with their environment. While human geography is largely concerned with the cultural, economic, historical and political processes that shape society and the human landscape; physical geography is largely concerned with the geomorphology, hydrology, climatology, and biogeography of the environment.

The Geography Program provides students with critical thinking skills, specific geographic expertise, and the research experience needed to meet real world challenges. While maps are at the heart of any geographic analysis; geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and global positioning have revolutionized the field of geography, environmental science and the study of human-environment interaction. The Geography Program offer students the education, technical skills and hands-on-experience needed to address many of the problems facing our modern society.

Lucia Barbato, Instructor
applied geospatial technology, geodatabse admininstration, water resources management

Guofeng Cao, Assistant Professor
geographic information systems, spatial statistics

Perry Carter, Associate Professor
social, urban and economic geography, issues of racial identity, geographic methods

Gary Elbow, Professor
human geography, world regional geography, Latin America, international trade, geographic education

Cameron Griffith, Instructor
geolocation, field mapping and data aquisition, geographic information systems, archaeology

Linda Jones, Instructor
physical geography, world regional geography, geographic education, human geography.

Jeffrey A. Lee, Professor and Chair
physical geography, geomorphology, aeolian processes, arid lands, field methods, science education

Kevin R. Mulligan, Associate Professor
geographic infromation systems; geomorphology, hydrology and climate of arid lands

M. Duane Nellis, Professor and Past President, Texas Tech University
remote sensing, geographic information systems, land use/land cover change, geography education

Patricia Solis, Research Associate Professor
climate change, geographic technologies, sustainable development, water resources, Latin America,

geography in higher education

Zhe Zhu, Assistant Professor
remote sensing (particularly forests, urban and clouds), land cover land use change, time series analysis,

digital image processing, carbon cycle modeling

The Geography Program offers a course of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Master of Science in Geography, a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology, and the Ph.D. in Geosciences (geography track). At the undergraduate level, non-majors may choose to minor in Geography as part of their degree plan – or Geography majors and non-majors may choose to minor in Geographic Information Science and Technology. The Geography Program also offers a wide variety of courses that can be used as general electives and several approved courses that can be used to meet the general education requirements of the core curriculum.

Graduate Student Support
Teaching assistantships are available for qualified graduate student applicants on a competitive basis. These assistantships provide the opportunity for students to acquire instructional skills while further developing their understanding of topics in geography. As a matter of university policy, out-of-state tuition and fees are waived for graduate students who serve as teaching assistants in the department.

Research assistantships might also be available for qualified applicants depending upon the research needs of the faculty. These research assistantships allow students to participate in funded research projects in the field of geography or GIScience. As is the case with teaching assistants, out-of-state tuition and fees are waived for graduate students who serve as research assistants in the department.

Application Procedure
Admission to the graduate degree program is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School and is contingent upon acceptance by the department. Each applicant seeking admission to the Geography Program must therefore apply through both the Texas Tech University, Office of Graduate Admissions and the Geography Program in the Department of Geosciences. Learn more.

Research in the Geography Program is focused on, but not limited to, several major themes. These program research areas include:


Physical Geography
Geomorphology and Hydrology (arid lands, aeolian processes, water resources),
Biogeography and Climatology (paleoecology).


Human Geography
Social, Urban and Economic Geography (race and gender, political ecology).


Environmental Science
Land Use Change, Water Resources, Agriculture, Rural Development, Energy.


Regional Geography
Texas, American Southwest, Southern Great Plains United States, Europe and Latin American.


Gegraphic Information Science and Technology
Geodatabase design and application development. Cartography and Internet mapping. Global positioning. Spatial modeling. Analysis of location-based social media. Applications of high performance computing cyberinfrastructure.

The Geography Program maintains exceptional facilities that are immediately available to students and faculty for research and teaching. These teaching and research facilities include:

Geographic Information Systems Lab
A computer lab equipped with 16 networked workstations and state-of-the-art software for the analysis of spatial data.

Remote Sensing Lab
A computer lab equipped with 18 networked workstations and state-of-the-art software for remote sensing analysis.

Physical Geography Research Lab
A laboratory equipped with GPS receivers, field instrumentation, and equipment for surveying and sediment analysis.

Physical Geography Teaching Lab
A teaching lab equipped with 15 workstations for use in undergraduate courses.

Texas Tech University, Junction Campus
The Texas Tech University satellite campus located in Junction, Texas serves as a base and outdoor laboratory for teaching and research in physical geography and environmental science.

Esri University Site License
Texas Tech maintains an Esri university-wide site license providing faculty and students with access to the latest software.

The High Performance Computing Center (HPCC)
Several linux clusters available for the analysis of large spatial datasets.

Graduates from the Geography Program are effectively prepared for more advanced graduate work in Geography or employment in fields related to environmental issues, public policy and education. With the technical skills in provided as part of the curriculum in Geographic Information Science and Technology, students are prepared for a wide variety of employment opportunities in local, state and federal government, non-government organizations, and companies in the private sector.