Texas Tech University

Geography and the Environment & Geographic Information Science

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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.


The Geography Program offers a course of study leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Geography and the Environment, an undergraduate certificate in GIST, Master of Science in Geography and the Environment, 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. More information...

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


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