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The Department

The world is changing…

… and so is our department! Trends such as data science and urbanization have a profound impact on the department’s teaching and research agenda. With 20 faculty, 8 research faculty and postdocs, approximately 160 domestic and international graduate students, 75 undergrad students, and an annual research expenditure of $2,500,000, we are well-equipped to tackle these challenges.

Located in Fairfax just a few miles from Washington DC, the Department of Geography and GeoInformation Science (GGS) offers an outstanding environment to study and perform cutting-edge research in geography, geoinformatics, remote sensing, earth systems science, and their various sub-disciplines.

With a variety of educational offerings, ranging from undergraduate programs to graduate certificates and M.S. and Ph.D. programs, a strong and broad research agenda, and superb name recognition within the leading agencies and companies in our field, our department is a premier choice for academic education.

With geospatial information becoming ubiquitous and part of everyday activities, ranging from GPS-enabled navigation and new satellite technology, to open source information and social media, career opportunities in geography and geoinformation science and related fields are thriving and forecast to further grow.

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Recent News

18Apr

Doctoral Defense – Michael Wolf

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18Apr

Doctoral Defense – Manqi Li

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Candidate: Manqi Li Doctor of Philosophy in Earth System and Geoinformation Sciences Department of Geography and Geoinformation... Read More →
18Apr

Doctoral Defense – Chad Bates

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Candidate: Chad Bates Doctor of Philosophy in Earth System and Geoinformation Sciences Department of Geography and Geoinformation... Read More →

Upcoming Events

Apr
29
Mon
2019
Dewberry Job Talk @ Exploratory Hall L304
Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

“How to Translate GIS into a Career”

Madeline Lother, a GGS alumna, and her supervisor Sid Pandey from Dewberry will give a talk on transitioning from your GIS education to the working world. They will discuss different options for which Dewberry currently has openings. Dewberry has a close connection with GMU and GGS and we highly encourage students to attend this event.

May
15
Wed
2019
2019 GGS Awards Brunch @ Exploratory Hall 2301 (Open Area)
May 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Taking on the world…

Our students are graduating and they need our help to celebrate! Join us for brunch to celebrate their many achievements alongside their family and friends. Please let us know if you can attend and how many are in your party.

RSVP by May 1, 2019. Questions? Please contact Sam Cooke at scooke4@gmu.edu.

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