Department of Geography

Main Departmental Office

Environmental Education, Science and Technology Building, 210A

P.O. Box 305279

Denton, TX 76203-5279

(940) 565-2091

Web site:

F. Andrew Schoolmaster, Chair

Graduate Faculty: Acevedo, Ferring, Hudak, Ji, Lyons, McGregor, Oppong, Schoolmaster, Williams.

The Department of Geography offers a Master of Science with a major in applied geography. The primary goal of the degree program is to produce graduates who have problem-solving skills, who focus on the application of geographic techniques and who have a balanced understanding of the roles of physical and human geography in addressing contemporary societal problems. The degree is oriented toward preparing students for entry and mid-level positions in industry, government and education. In addition, this degree is appropriate for students wishing to develop master's level expertise in the field of geography before pursuing doctoral studies in geography or related fields.


Faculty in the Department of Geography are engaged in research on medical geography, geohydrology and ground water, locational conflicts, urban/economic geography, climatic change, geoarchaeology, environmental archaeology and water resources management. Other research interests include spatial modeling and spatial/environmental aspects of recreation. Livestock ranching, microclimatology, cultural resources management and natural hazard assessment are the subjects of additional studies. Research on environmental impacts resulting from depletion of ground and surface waters, as well as on earth surface processes with a focus upon excessive erosion, also is conducted in the department.

Recent support for research includes grants from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Texas Natural Resources Information Service and the Texas Air Quality Control Board.

Field research has been carried out recently in the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, Texas, the Midwest, the Southwest and the South. The department also cooperates with the Institute of Applied Sciences in the operation of the Center for Remote Sensing and Land Use Analyses and the Center for Environmental Archaeology. Both facilities are used for instruction, research and service.

The Center for Spatial Analysis and Mapping (CSAM), housed in EESAT , provides instructional and research support in the areas of geographic information systems (GIS), computer cartography, spatial analysis and environmental modeling. The facility serves undergraduate and graduate students majoring in geography and in environmental science. Beyond its immediate instructional and research mission, CSAM is envisioned as the facility to provide GIS support for institutional planning and facilities management at UNT.

Admission Requirements

Note: Admission requirements were being revised at the time this catalog went to press. Contact the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies or the program for current admission requirements, or see information posted on the graduate school web site (

Application for admission to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies is made through the graduate school. Concurrently, a letter of intent should be sent directly to the Department of Geography's graduate adviser. This letter should briefly summarize the applicant's background, specific interests in the field of geography and future career plans. Three letters of recommendation also are required.

Applicants normally should have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in geography from an accredited university with an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 or a 3.0 GPA during the last 60 undergraduate semester hours. The undergraduate degree should include exposure to basic quantitative analysis techniques in geography also. Students whose undergraduate major is not geography will be required to take undergraduate leveling courses. Total leveling course requirements will not exceed 9 semester credit hours. In addition, the student's GRE score will be evaluated as part of the admission process.

Degree Programs

The Master of Science degree with a major in applied geography has thesis and non-thesis options both requiring a total of 36 semester credit hours. Every student is required to take the two core courses (6 semester credit hours), which involve training in research design and quantitative methods. In consultation with the adviser/major professor, each student takes and additional 18 semester credit hours (thesis option) or 24 semester credit hours (non-thesis option) from the departmental course offerings. Course offerings are clustered around the six major core area concentrations within the department: archaeology, contemporary economic development, earth science, health and place geography, and environmental/resource management and techniques. Students may take courses from any or all six areas without restrictions. Students will also
complete 6 semester credit hours in a cognate field as part of the required 36 semester credit hours. The non-thesis option requires a comprehensive exam after the completion of 27 semester credit hours. Thesis option students defend the results of their thesis.

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

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