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Geography Graduate Program

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Geography Graduate Program

The geography graduate program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha offers a personalized and hands-on graduate studies experience.

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Introductory, advanced, and seminar courses are offered in four major areas of study: Geographic Information Science --Computer Mapping and Cartographic Visualization, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Remote Sensing, Advanced Cartographic Methods, Quantitative Analysis; Physical-Environmental Geography --Conservation of Natural Resources, Biogeography, Geomorphology, Climatology, Field Methods; Urban-Regional Planning --Urban Geography, Land Use, Metropolitan Planning, Urban Community, Internship in Regional Planning; Human Geography --Political Geography, Economic Geography, Cultural Geography, Feminist Geography. Students generally specialize in one area, but are encouraged to take courses in all four.

The Graduate Program in Geography provides training in geographic skills and opportunities for graduate work in a spectrum of systematic and scientific fields. Students seeking the Master of Arts degree can choose one of two options: Option I, Thesis option (30 credit hours)with 24 hours of approved graduate work and 6 semester hours of thesis; and Option II, Non-Thesis with 36 credit hours of approved graduate courses. Individual programs of study are designed for incoming graduate students on the basis of previous course work and personal interviews. The History and Philosophy of Geography and Research Methods courses are required of all graduate students.

Departmental Strengths and Research Directions

The geography program is enriched by special programs and faculty research in cartography, remote sensing and geographic information science applied to urban landscapes, vegetation, plains and mountain environments; gender and work in the United States; geographic education; geoarchaeology in the Middle East; political economy of post-communist transformations in Central and Eastern Europe, foreign direct investment, car industry restructuring and regional development in Central and Eastern Europe.

UNO Dept. of Geography/Geology GIS Laboratory

Computer Facilities

The Department of Geography / Geology houses three state-of-the-art computer laboratories. The Cartography & GIS Laboratory consists of two separate computer labs. The Cartography Laboratory supports instruction in cartographic design with 8 Macintosh computers and Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Software in the GIS laboratory includes ESRI ArcView, ArcGIS, MapObjects, MapINFO, SpaceStat, and Visual Basic. The laboratory has been recognized as an ESRI certified training facility.

The Remote Sensing and GIS Applications Laboratory (RSAL) is a sophisticated computational facility which facilitates instruction and research. Faculty, staff, and students from physics, engineering, computer science, biology, and geography and geology are involved with multi-disciplinary basic and applied research projects involving remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) technology, environmental modeling, terrestrial monitoring, artificial intelligence, software and algorithm development, virtual reality simulations, and scientific visualization. Research grants and contracts have been funded by a variety of sources including Army Corp of Engineers, National Geographic Society, U.S. National Science Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development, University of Nebraska, and the University of Nebraska Foundation. Hardware resources enable advanced computation analysis to be used to study environmental issues and problems. All computers and input and output devices are networked on a high-speed local area network.


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Geography Graduate Program
Department of Geography & Geology
University of Nebraska - Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182
Tel. (402) 554 2662