This department supervises the following degree programs:
The geography faculty participates in the Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, and Community and Urban Studies programs.
The undergraduate program offers a 120-credit-hour major in geosciences with a concentration in geology or geophysics. Students are required to earn at least a C in the major, minor, and adjunct courses. Successful completion of adjunct courses with a C or better is required before upper-division geoscience courses may be taken.
Field work is a requirement for the B.S. degree. If this is a concern, the B.A. should be considered. However, the B.A. degree also requires field work that may be strenuous.
Geology Concentration (B.S. or B.A.) – This concentration offers students the choice of either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Geophysics Concentration (B.S.) – The Bachelor of Science degree allows students to prepare for employment as a professional
geophysicist or enter a graduate program in geophysics, atmospheric sciences, or related
areas. Unlike geology, the geophysics concentration includes only a Bachelor of Science
and requires a minor in mathematics. The courses required for the geophysics concentration
are GEOL 1303, 1101, 2401, 3401, 3402, 4101; either GEOL 4312 or ATMO 4312; GCH 3303;
GPH 3300, 3310, 4321, 4323. Adjunct courses include CHEM 1307, 1107; PHYS 1408, 2401.
The senior research project (GEOL 4312 or ATMO 4312) must be in a field related to
geophysics or atmospheric sciences.
Texas Tech University offers a 120-hour Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a minor in geography, both of which appeal to students who have broad interests in the relationships of humans and the environment, who are curious about the world, and who like to be challenged. Geographers study how people interact with the environment and how various phenomena are distributed and move over the surface of the earth.
The B.A. degree is intended to provide students with a background in the nature of human interactions with the environment and a solid grounding in data collection and analysis techniques such as field data collection, statistical analysis, and geographic information systems.
Undergraduate majors find interesting careers in the public and private sectors. Geographers work with local, state, and national government agencies and the military. In the private sector, there are increasing demands by business and industry for employees trained in field research methods, geographic information systems, statistical analysis, remote sensing, and other skills acquired by geography students. Geography majors also become teachers at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. In addition, the undergraduate program can provide a foundation for students who wish to pursue graduate study, whether in geography or some related professional field such as urban or regional planning, environmental and resource management, law, and public affairs.
The geography major consists of 31 hours of coursework in geography plus MATH 2300
or 2345. Required courses are GEOG 1401, 2300, 2351, 3340, 4300; and GIST 3300. An
additional 6 hours of courses must be selected from each of the following two blocks:
physical geography and geographic information systems block (GEOG 3301, 3310, 3335,
3353, 4301, 4302, 4321, 4357, 4400; GIST 4302, 4304, 4308, 4310, 4312) and human and
regional geography (GEOG 3337, 3350, 3351, 3352, 3356, 3360, 3363, and 4305). GEOG
4310, Internship in Geography, is open to seniors with a 3.0 GPA or better and may
be substituted for 3 hours of courses in either of the blocks. Students majoring in
geography must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of geography courses from Texas
Tech. The geography minor requires at least 6 hours from Texas Tech.
The department offers six minors: geography, geology, geophysics, atmospheric science, geographic information science and technology, and a composite minor.
The department cooperates with the College of Education in preparing individuals for
science certification in the programs in Multidisciplinary Studies (middle-level education)
and Multidisciplinary Science (composite science certification). The student should
consult the College of Education and the Department of Geosciences for requirements.
Geography coursework is included in the social science composite field certification
program in secondary education. Specific course requirements for this program may
be obtained in the department.
Master's degree candidates may specialize in areas within geology, atmospheric science, geography, and geophysics. At the doctoral level, research concentrations for the major in geosciences are available in the following:
Details concerning the specific makeup of these groups are available from the department.
General degree requirements are those of the Graduate School. Admitted students are strongly encouraged to associate themselves with a faculty member or members by the end of their first semester in residence. The instructor(s) will serve as the student's principal advisor and will be responsible for the student's degree program.
The department encourages students with bachelor's degrees from other sciences to enter the geosciences graduate program. Required leveling work will be determined on an individual basis, primarily by the staff member(s) in the student's field of interest. A graduate minor may be taken either inside or outside this department.
Master of Science in Geosciences – Requirements for the master's degree in geosciences include completion of a minimum of 24 hours of graduate coursework in geology, geophysics, or related fields and 6 hours of thesis credit. The degree requires a total of 36 hours of graduate course credits.
Master of Science in Atmospheric Science – The master's degree in atmospheric science provides the student with a comprehensive treatment of the dynamics describing the current and future atmospheric state using theory, observations, and numerical modeling. The curriculum is comprised of a minimum of 30 hours of graduate-level coursework, 4 hours of seminar credit, and 6 hours of thesis credit. Students are expected to complete a thesis project as part of the degree requirements.
Master of Science in Geography – The 30-hour master's degree in geography is a thesis-based program designed to
provide students with critical thinking skills, specific geographic expertise, spatial
analysis techniques, and research experience. Coursework will include GEOG 5312 and
5340, 12 hours in the major, 6 hours in the minor, and 6 hours of thesis.
Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy degree follow those of the Graduate School.
The first-year Ph.D. student will be expected to prepare and defend research proposals.
The intent of this work is to determine whether the individual is capable of doctoral-level
research. In the second year, the student will formalize the dissertation topic and
committee. Under normal circumstances the committee will consist of three to five
members, including the faculty advisor. The Comprehensive Examination will be completed
before the end of the fourth long semester in residence. One tool subject is required.
Tool subjects include foreign language, computer science, and statistics and are determined
by the graduate advisor and the student's dissertation committee. The tool can be
met by taking two successive courses in the tool subject for a total of at least 6
semester hours, except for foreign language as outlined in the Graduate School section of this catalog.
The 15-hour Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technologyis designed to provide a flexible solution to professionals and recent graduates who would like to further their education in geospatial technology. The core requirements of the program include GIST 5300, 5302, 5304 and two electives. For those new to the field, the program requires GIST 5300 as a leveling course, GIST 5302 and 5304 as core requirements, plus two electives. For recent graduates, credit will not be applied toward the graduate certificate for equivalent courses taken at the undergraduate level. For students who have already completed one or more of the core requirements and/or electives at the undergraduate level, the graduate certificate requires 12 additional hours. For more information, contact Dr. Kevin Mulligan at firstname.lastname@example.org, 806.834.0391.
Jeffrey Lee, Ph.D., Interim Chairperson
Horn Professor: Chatterjee
Pevehouse Professor: Sylvester
Professors: Asquith, Barnes, Barrick, Elbow, Haragan, Horita, Lee, Lehman, Nellis, Ridley, Schroeder, Templer, Yoshinobu
Associate Professors: Carter, Gurrola, Hetherington, Karlsson, Leverington, Mulligan, Nagihara, Weiss
Assistant Professors: Ancell, Bruning, Cao, Dahl, Kang, Sweet, Vanos
Instructors: Barbato, Cobb, Jones, Weaver
Adjunct Faculty: Holterhoff, Johnson, McGovern, Polyakov, Stout