Who are We?
Founded in 1975, the Geography Department at Virginia Tech is part of the College of Natural Resources and Environment (CNRE). Department offices, labs, and facilities are located in Major Williams Hall in the Upper Quad area of the Virginia Tech Campus (building #7 grid M3).
The Department offers the B.A. in Geography, the B.S. in Meteorology, and the M.S. in Geography. We also participate in the College of Natural Resources and environment doctoral program in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis.
Why does Geography matter to me?
Knowledge of Geography continues its increased significance around the world as more and more of our problems are global issues that invove location. To name only a few, climate change, social unrest, migration, refugee movements, hunger, public health and water quality and quantity, all impact places differently and depend on location and each location's characteristics. Joseph Kerski's recent article from Directions magazine is a great summary of why and how geography matters to you, and has great links to dig further as you make a decision on majoring in Geography.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the department of Geography at Virginia Tech is to foster an appreciation and understanding of the diversity of Earth’s physical and cultural environments, the importance and value of a spatial perspective, and an understanding of the complex interrelationships between peoples and their environments at a variety of scales. Our goal is to provide students with the intellectual and technical skills to synthesize information, become critical thinkers, develop into better and more informed citizens, and find success in employment or further academic training.
Our department emphasizes teaching and scholarship involving four themes: 1) human-environment relationships – how culture, gender, economy, and politics affect people’s use of and interaction with the environment; 2) international development – the relations between developed and developing countries and the impacts of globalization at local, national, and regional levels; 3) environmental systems – the interrelations among patterns of climate, landforms, vegetation, soils and water, including the factors and processes that produce those patterns; and 4) geospatial analysis – the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), computer mapping, and remote sensing in geographic analyses.
The Department of Geography maintains linkages with numerous other programs at Virginia Tech, including: