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Doctoral GEA Program


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

The College of Natural Resources and Environment 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 is broadly defined from rural/natural to urban/human environments. Many of our 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 find homes mainly in the department of geography, but can be situated in the home departments of their adviser in the College of Natural Resources and Environment: Fisheries and Wildlife Science, 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




Student annual self-evaluation form

Committee annual evaluation of student form

Plan of Study Form (pdf version)

Plan of Study Form (word version)

GEA Directors:

Yang Shao
Department of Geography
217 Wallace Hall