Geography is the study of human use and interaction with the Earth and the identification of spatial and temporal variation in natural and human processes. Geography uses principles of mathematics, social science, and natural science to analyze and interpret change in the environment. Geographers study globalization and cultural diversity, develop and apply geospatial technologies, and help evaluate and manage resources, climate change, and environmental hazards.
Geography at OSU has three areas of excellence:
Geospatial technologies and analysis. Many careers in geography involve geospatial technologies and analysis applied to research, teaching, government and industry. Geography at OSU helps graduate students to obtain an integrated training in GIS, cartography, remote sensing, geovisualization, geospatial intelligence, spatial statistics and modeling, and web mapping. Students may select geographic information science as a graduate area of concentration as part of the MA, MS, or PhD in Geography. Graduate students also can obtain a GIS certificate. Faculty engaged in research, instruction, and advising in this area include
Water, climate, and society. Access to water resources is essential for human health and societies, yet water resources are unevenly distributed in space and time, while climate variability and change may intensify conflicts over water. Geography at OSU helps graduate students to obtain an integrated training in surface processes, climatology, biogeography, water policy, and water management. Students may select physical geography or resource geography as a graduate area of concentration as part of the MA, MS, or PhD in Geography. Graduate students also can obtain an online certificate in water conflict. Faculty engaged in research, instruction, and advising in this area include
Resources, planning, and hazards. Natural resources, planning, and hazards are ideal topics for geographic study because they link physical processes governing natural hazards with factors such as social vulnerability, planning, and resource management. Many aspects of these issues have a strong regional focus. Geography at OSU helps graduate students to obtain an integrated training in the geography of resources, land use, and rural and regional resource evaluation. Students may select physical geography or resource geography as a graduate area of concentration as part of the MA, MS, or PhD in Geography. Faculty engaged in research, instruction, and advising in this area include
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Majors in geography develop a background in regional geography, resource geography, geographic information science, and physical geography and in statistics and disciplines related to geography like geology, forestry, and anthropology. Course offerings combined with excellent facilities and supportive electives allow students to develop particular interests such as resource management, environmental analysis, land use planning and cartography/geographic information systems/remote sensing. The Geography Program offers graduate work leading to Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Graduate areas of concentration are:
The program has an applied orientation, placing emphasis on the application of geographic information science to environmental and resource utilization and problem solution. Master's degree candidates may elect a thesis or nonthesis option. Geography participates as one of the minors in Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree programs. No foreign language is required for the MS degree. One foreign language is required for the MA and PhD degrees.
For guidelines on how to apply, see Geography Graduate Program Application Instructions.