Making Discoveries that Make a Difference

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


GIS/Remote Sensing Internship

GIS and Data Management Technician and Trail Crew AmeriCorps Member Dates of Service:              August 5th, 2019 –... Read More →

OSHER $1,000 Merit Scholarship

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Scholarship is offering a merit scholarship available to Northern Virginia Community... Read More →

Assistant/Associate Professor position in GIScience @ GGS

Assistant/Associate Professor of GIScience (Tenure-Track) The George Mason University, Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS) in... Read More →

Upcoming Events

Guest Lecture – Mike Kaczor @ Johnson Center, 325, Meeting Room A
Mar 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

“U.S. Domestic Policies For Our Forest Resources”

About Mike Kaczor:

Mike Kaczor has worked with the Soil Conservation Service (NRCS), U.S. Forest Service, and the Department of Agriculture since 1983. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University and his Master’s Degree from Texas Tech University. His expertise in geosciences have given him unique experiences in land use policy for natural and cultural resources.

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