"We hope to challenge our students to discover their passion and utilize their full potential...student success is our number one goal." -Dr. Francis Koti
Community between Faculty and Students
Professors and students tailgate for the UNA football game versus Valdosta State
Home to #unageo, this historic building has stood tall since 1855 when it was constructed as the new home for LaGrange College- now known as the University of North Alabama
Faculty Expertise and Advisement
"...a group of dedicated faculty with focused interest on providing the best geography education to our students." -Professor Emeritus Bill Strong
Study Abroad Program
Dr. Koti and Dr. Fleming led this trip to Tanzania in May where students observed peri-urbanization of Dar es Salaam, vegetative patterns of Arusha, and urban decay and sequent occupancy in Zanzibar.
Field Course Opportunities
Dr. Fleming led this field course to the Southeastern United States in June taking students from the Wetumpka Impact Crater in Alabama to Cumberland Island in Georgia up to Cherokee, North Carolina.
The Department of Geography at the University of North Alabama is a dynamic and collegial group of eight faculty members, one professor emeritus, 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.
Whether at the graduate or undergraduate level, our students are engaged in research projects that draw largely from faculty specialty areas in (but not limited to): biogeography, urban and regional planning, urban geography, geomorphology, climate, geopolitics, environmental hazards, cultural geography, nature-society interactions, economic geography, and sustainability. Our program is unique because of the educational and professional experiences offered to students. For example, before they graduate, our students have ample opportunities for: internships, cooperative education positions, projects through funded faculty research, field courses, study abroad, conference travel and presentations, internal and external grants and scholarships, and other fun-filled departmental activities. Because of these opportunities for hands-on experience, the majority of our students place in jobs before they graduate. Our advising is designed in such a way that students wishing to proceed to graduate school select programs of interest, take graduate school entry exams, apply, and secure funding on time.
If geography is of interest to you or you have questions regarding the possibilities in geography-related careers, please contact Dr. Francis Koti, Chair of the Department of Geography at email@example.com or 256-765-4246