Department of Geography and Geosciences

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In the Spotlight


Drs. Gaughan and Stevens, along with UofL graduate students, work with an interdisciplinary team to study how communities and their households, land use, and climate interact to create or mitigate vulnerability in the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Area of Southern Africa. The primary outcomes of this work makes important contributions to advancing the land system science field by conducting a comparison of land use/land cover change in the broader context of socio-ecological vulnerability for Africa’s largest transboundary conservation area.

Find out more about the project, including recent publications, here.

A new collaboration will bring together Geography and Geoscience and Biology faculty with foresters from Berea College. Drs. Rochner, Gaughan, Stevens, and Gunter will work with colleagues from UofL Biology and Berea College Forestry to examine the influence of controlled burning on forest biodiversity and productivity, local wind patterns, and more. Look for more information to come as fieldwork to collect initial sets of pre-burn data is underway. 

Student Guide

Geographers investigate the character and possible associations between a subject and its environment. The Department of Geography and Geosciences educates students to view the world in a spatial and time-dependent context to determine relationships between people and their immediate and global environment.

Bachelor of Science: The department offers Bachelor of Science degrees in four different concentrations:

  • Environmental Analysis: designed for students who are interested in the environment and environmental sustainability.
  • Geospatial Technologies: designed for students who are interested in developing geospatial technologies like GIS and remote sensing.
  • Human and Cultural Dynamics: designed for students interested in the forces that shape human environments like population trends, sustainable development, ethnic and racial segregation, globalization and geopolitics.
  • Urban Analysis: designed for students interested in the various processes that shape urban environments.

Learn more about our undergraduate degree options

The M.S. in Applied Geography is designed to provide students with the analytical skills and background knowledge needed to solve real-world problems with geographic dimensions. Graduate students experience a nucleated body of coursework designed to foster and support the theoretical knowledge and advanced skill sets demanded for the professional and academic/research fields. Coupled with the enhanced level of course content; quantitative, qualitative and spatial data analysis applications; and the Departmental emphasis upon critical reasoning, effective writing and communication skills, graduates will be capable and prepared for effective integration into a broad diversity of professional fields.

Learn more about our M.S. in Applied Geography

The Department of Geography and Geosciences offers two minors:

  • Minoring in Geography exposes students to the schools of thought in physical and human Geography and techniques of Geographic Information System (GIS).
  • Minoring in Environmental Analysis exposes students to the physical processes associated with the environment and environmental sustainability.

Learn more about a Minor in Geography or Environmental Analysis

Our graduates work for local, state and federal governments; environmental consulting firm;, retail businesses; and research and educational organizations. Departmental graduates also have been admitted to some of the nation’s finest graduate programs.

Visit College of Arts & Sciences Advising for assistance with your major or minor.

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Geography and Geosciences

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky 40292

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