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Doctoral GEA Program


Ph.D. in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis (GEA)

The Department of Geography offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree program in geospatial and environmental analysis. Geospatial research involves geographic information systems (GIS), the global positioning system (GPS), remote sensing, and imagery analysis. Environmental analysis in this program encompasses rural/natural to urban/human environments. Many students focus on the complex interactions among people, nonhuman biota, and environmental conditions. This doctoral program combines cutting-edge training and research in the theory and application of geospatial science with environmental analysis to enhance research on a broad range of contemporary natural resource and environmental issues.

Students in the GEA program are typically advised by faculty in the Department of Geography, but they may also work with faculty from other departments in the College of Natural Resources and Environment: Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, and Sustainable Biomaterials. Some students work with faculty in other colleges as well.

General Information:

Admission Requirements

Program Guidelines

Potential Research Areas




Graduate Student Annual Progress Report form (student self-evaluation) 

Annual Graduate Student Evaluation form (committee review)

Plan of Study form (PDF and Word versions)

GEA Director:

Yang Shao
Department of Geography
217 Wallace Hall