2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    May 10, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Department of Geography & Geospatial Sciences

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Bob Watrel, Department Head
George White, Professor/Graduate Coordinator (M.S. Program)
Xiaoyang Zhang, Professor/Graduate Coordinator (Ph.D. Program)
Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences
Wecota Hall 109, Box 506

Geography is an exciting field that recognizes the complex relationships and linkages of human and natural systems; geography is the science of place. As such, geographers study and analyze many of today’s pressing issues, which range from climate change, human modification of the Earth’s systems, environmental hazards, resource assessment, and land use to population distributions, urbanization, cultural adaption, political organization of space, and globalization. Geographers’ tools, skill sets, and techniques, which include computer cartography, remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), are recognized increasingly as essential for solving many contemporary questions and are not only being adopted by businesses and governmental agencies but also by wider society. More people are recognizing that geography is fundamental to understanding our world and solving many of the problems that confront us.

The Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences at South Dakota State University offers Bachelor’s of Science programs in Geography and Geographic Information Sciences (GISc), Master’s of Science degrees in Geography and Geography with a specialization in Geographic Information Systems, and a Ph.D. in Geospatial Sciences and Engineering. A diverse faculty focuses on topical specialties that include environment, geomorphology, soils, land use, hazards, energy use, cultural issues, historical, and political geography. Regional specialties are North America and Europe.

Graduate Faculty

Chris Crawford, Adjunct Associate Professor
Alisa Gallant, Adjunct Associate Professor
Dapeng Li, Assistant Professor
Thomas Loveland, Adjunct Professor
Bruce Millett, Assistant Professor
Izaya Numata, Adjunct Associate Professor
Birgit Peterson, Adjunct Associate Professor
David Roy, Adjunct Professor
Bob Watrel, Department Head and Associate Professor
George W. White, Professor
George Xian, Adjunct Professor
Xiaoyang Zhang, Professor


Master’s Degrees

Doctoral Degrees

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