Graduate Catalog
2018-2019
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Geography
College of Natural Resources and Environment
Major Williams contains offices for various departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. It was converted from a residence hall in the late 1990s. Entire building housed 352; contains 64,673 sq. ft. The building is named for Marine Maj. Lloyd W. Williams, class of 1907, alumnus hero of World War I, to which has been attributed one of the more famous statements of that war: "Retreat? Hell, no!..."
Department of Geography, 115 Major Williams Hall, 220 Stanger Street, Virginia Tech, Mail Code:0115 Blacksburg VA 24061
Major Williams Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Geography
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Geography
Minimum GPA: 3.2
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-7557
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Feb 15
Spring: Oct 01
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Department Chair : Thomas Crawford
Graduate Program Director : Korine Kolivras (Graduate Director)
Professors: James Campbell; Laurence Carstensen
Associate Professors: Andrew Ellis; Lisa Kennedy; Korine Kolivras; Robert Oliver; Lynn Resler; Yang Shao
Assistant Professors: Timothy Baird; Luke Juran

Geography Graduate Programs

The graduate program in geography consists of an MS degree in Geography and a PhD. degree in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis. The MS degree develops specialists for academic, agency and industry positions though emphasis on:
  • Making appropriate use of methods for geographic inquiry to determine, to analyze, and to interpret spatial and temporal patterns and processes
  • Identifying debates and gaps in the current literature to define an original research question
  • Conducting research, collecting primary or secondary data, defending, and presenting their findings in publishable form

At the doctoral level, the emphasis is on preparation for research careers with agencies or in academia as:

  • students will demonstrate advanced proficiency in geospatial analysis in an interdisciplinary environment
  • students will conduct and defend independent research that contributes to the literature
  • students will identify and apply appropriate statistical methods for specific research questions
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.0
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 154.0
      • Quantitative : 156.0
The MS program in geography emphasizes developing professional competence in the tools, substance, methodology, and theory of the discipline. Thesis and non-thesis options in the 30 semester hour program prepare students for a variety of careers in teaching, research and planning organizations, business and government. 
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.2
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 154.0
      • Quantitative : 156.0
The Geospatial and Environmental Analysis PhD. degree is housed in the College of Natural Resources and Environment and the Department of Geography is the home to about 60% of its students.  The degree requires that students become proficient in the use of Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing and that their research make use of those tools in environmentally oriented research. 

Geography Research Facilities

The department is housed in Major Williams Hall on the upper quad of the campus. The department occupies the entire first floor of the building with faculty offices and laboratory space.

Biogeography Laboratory

Two Biogeography Laboratories offer advanced facilities for the study of recent and long-term environmental history and vegetation change through analysis of lake sediment and/or tree rings. Equipment resources include refrigerated storage, computers, several Leica compound microscopes with digital imaging capability used in paleoecological research, a Colinvaux-Vohnout Sediment Coring system, Fume Hood, isotemp Furnace, and a Velmex tree-ring measurement system used in dendrochronological analysis.

Geospatial Laboratory

The Department's GIS Laboratory offers 18 Windows 7 workstations for classes and for research, including specialized systems for GIS, cartography, and remote sensing. Software packages include the complete suite of ArcGIS, ArcEngine, Surfer, Python, Visual Studio, Trimble GPS Pathfinder, ERDAS IMAGINE, ENVI/IDL, and eCognition.

Physical Geography Laboratory

The Physical Geography Lab includes equipment for soil sampling, sample desiccation and microscopic viewing.
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