Department of Geography
The Department of Geography at the University of North Alabama is a dynamic and collegial group of eight faculty members, two professor emeriti, and one administrative assistant. The department supports one of the largest undergraduate geography programs in the United States (the largest in the State of Alabama) with over 150 geography majors and a thriving Master’s degree program in Geospatial Science. Because we see ourselves as an applied department, we offer a range of courses and degree options tailored not only to inspire curiosity and creativity among our students but also to provide a skill set that sets them apart. Tools that students learn to apply include geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, digital image processing, GPS, cartography, fieldwork, and others. We have assembled state of the art geospatial information technologies at the Freddie Wood Geographic Research Center and also developed innovative instructional techniques to make that happen. Our recently created minor in Geospatial Human Computer Interaction/User Experience (GEOHCI/UX) is expected to attract undergraduate students committed to excellence and willing to take the challenge to develop and design products that meet not only industry needs but also appeal to the user’s experience. We have established sufficient industry contacts in the region which expands internship and employment choices for our students and graduates respectively.