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Geography and Geospatial Sciences

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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

Our Programs 

Fast Facts

Ratio of Students/Faculty

10.5
Students
1
Faculty

Number of Students

55
Undergraduate
16
Graduate

Department Scholarships Awarded

1 in 3 Students
 

Majors & Minors

3
Majors
3
Minors

Certificates

2
 

Job Placement rate

95% (as of 2019)
 

Career Development Opportunities

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CollegeRank.net ranks SDSU No. 11 in geography

CollegeRank.net ranked South Dakota State University No. 11 in its listing of the 30 Best Bachelor’s in Geography.

SDSU scientist uses satellite images to track growing seasons

Plants awaken in the spring in response to warming temperatures, but the start and end of the growing season varies each year.

Analysis of certified professionals helps improve SDSU’s GIS program

A study on the certified geographic information systems professionals is helping the South Dakota State University Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences prepare its students to enter the workforce.