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Geography and Geospatial Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences at South Dakota State University. Geography is an exciting field that recognizes the complex relationships and linkages of human and natural systems; geography is the science of place. As such, geographers study and analyze many of today’s pressing issues, which range from climate change, human modification of the Earth’s systems, environmental hazards, resource assessment and land use to population distributions, urbanization, cultural adaption, political organization of space and globalization. Geographers’ tools, skill sets and techniques, which include computer cartography, remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), are recognized increasingly as essential for solving many contemporary questions and are not only being adopted by businesses and governmental agencies but also by wider society. More people are recognizing that geography is fundamental to understanding our world and solving many of the problems that confront us.

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The Science of Where

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Ratio of Students/Faculty


Number of Students


Department Scholarships Awarded

1 in 3 Students

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Job Placement rate

95% (as of 2019)

Career Development Opportunities

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SDSU researcher to study community wildfire evacuation planning

SDSU researcher Dapeng Li has secured a $200,000 National Science Foundation grant to do research on community wildfire evacuation planning.

ShanghaiRanking lists SDSU among U.S., world leaders

South Dakota State University continues to rank among the best in the United States and in the world in the ShanghaiRanking’s 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.