Welcome to the Department of Geography!


Welcome to the Department of Geography at the University of North Alabama!

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#unageo students present at the 2019 Annual Meeting of SEDAAG

At the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers, the Department of Geography supported 1 undergraduate student and 3 graduate students in presenting their research:
  • Stephen Osero – Spatial-Temporal Analysis of Crime in San Francisco, CA: Dr. Sunhui Sim
  • Priscilla Lema – Understanding Small Town Sprawl Using GIS: Dr. Jian Chen
  • Adam Benefield –  Examining the Influence of Outdoor Recreation on Man-Made Wildfire Size in the Southern Rocky Mountains: Dr. Jian Chen
  • Breonna Roden – Application of Factor Analysis for Primary Election Data: Dr. Matthew Balentine

Department of Geography student John Crowell presents at the 2018 Annual Meeting of APCG

Dr. Michael Pretes and undergraduate #unageo students John Crowell and Hayden Wilkes attended the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG), held October 24-27, 2018. John gave a presentation on "Youth Visitor Dynamics in Four Pacific Coast National Parks." Heyden gave a presentation on "Social Media, Agenda Setting Theory, and the Geography of Tourism: 'Breaking Bad' in Albuquerque, New Mexico."

Our department offers a range of courses and degree options all of which are organized to match a student to their professional and career goals and then to match them with industry opportunities. Our program is unique because of the educational and professional experiences offered to students. Courses offered include Geographic Information Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems in Geography, Urban and Regional Planning, Biogeography, Geomorphology, Environmental Hazards, Human Geography, as well as a wealth of other courses in the areas of physical geography, human geography, and nature and society interaction. Tools that students learn to apply include GPS, geographic information systems (GIS), digital image processing, and others.

The Department of Geography has eight full-time faculty members and one professor emeritus with specialties in various areas of applied geography. There are over 150 students majoring in geography at our University. Each student is assigned a faculty member who will help them organize their university courses and support them in career planning. In addition, all faculty members are open to course planning and career advisement for students. Therefore, students can seek consultation with multiple faculty members. As students progress through the geography curriculum, they may have the opportunity to work with faculty on individual research projects, support existing faculty research, and/or obtain internships and cooperative education positions.

If geography is of interest to you or you have questions regarding the possibilities in geography-related careers, please contact Dr. Michael Pretes, Chair of the Department of Geography at mjpretes@una.edu