Welcome to the Department of Geoscience!


Welcome to the Department of Geoscience at the University of North Alabama!

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#unageo students present at UNA Scholar Day in April 2022

  • John Crowell – A Streetcar Named Development: Policy Analysis of Implementing an Historic Trolley in Florence, Alabama
  • Gregory Trent Gilmore - A Geospatial Look at Alabama’s Wetland Future 
  • Meagan Wilburn – Ecosystem Damage Leading to a Possible Human Extinction
  • Julia Owens and Taylor Carter – Geographic Language in Politics: A Comparison of 2016 and 2020 Vice Presidential Debates 
  • Paul Gilliland – Spatial Assessment of Wildland Urban Interface Change and Wildfires in Northern California Over the Past Thirty Years
  • Karli Hill – Access to Dental Care in Rural Alabama


Our department offers a range of courses and degree options all of which are organized to match a student to their professional and career goals and then to match them with industry opportunities. Our program is unique because of the educational and professional experiences offered to students. Courses offered include Geographic Information Systems, Unmanned Aerial Systems in Geography, Environmental Hazards, Geopolitics, GIS programming, Remote Sensing, as well as a wealth of other courses in the areas of physical geography, human geography, and nature and society interaction. Tools that students learn to apply include GPS, geographic information systems (GIS), digital image processing, and others.

The Department of Geoscience has nine full-time faculty members and one professor emeritus with specialties in various areas of applied geography. There are over 60 students majoring in Geography at our university. Each student is assigned a faculty member who will help them organize their university courses and support them in career planning. In addition, all faculty members are open to course planning and career advisement for students. Therefore, students can seek consultation with multiple faculty members. As students progress through the Geography curriculum, they may have the opportunity to work with faculty on individual research projects, support existing faculty research, and/or obtain internships and cooperative education positions.

If geoscience is of interest to you or you have questions regarding the possibilities in geoscience-related careers, please contact Dr. Michael Pretes, Chair of the Department of Geoscience at mjpretes@una.edu