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Welcome to the Department of Geography!




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


Students: Please find our Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 course offerings linked below:

Spring 2018 Undergraduate Course Offerings

Spring 2018 Graduate Course Offerings

Summer 2018 Full Term Course Offerings

Summer 2018 May Intersession Course Offerings

Summer 2018 Session I Course Offerings

Summer 2018 Session II Course Offerings

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#unageo students present at the 2017 Annual Meeting of SEDAAG

At the 2017 Annual Meeting of the SouthEastern Division of the American Association of Geographers, the Department of Geography supported 8 undergraduate students and 6 graduate students in presenting their research:

  • Donald AkangaAnalysis Of Agricultural Drought Occurrence In Kenya Using MODIS Data; faculty mentor: Dr. Mario Mighty
  • Jordan Brasher NiedzwieckiWeb-Based Apps For Citizen Engagement: A PGIS Approach; faculty mentor: Dr. Francis Koti
  • Jessica CoffeyUnlocking The Geomorphic Joint Pattern In The Tuscumbia Limestone Of North Alabama; faculty mentor: Dr. Greg Gaston
  • Payton GilchristRegional Joint Patterns In Northwest Alabama; faculty mentor: Dr. Greg Gaston
  • Katie KelsoeTell ‘Em Where We’re From, Y’all!: A Spatial Autocorrelation Of Incoming University Of North Alabama Students; faculty mentor: Dr. Mario Mighty
  • Emma MelvinBehavioral Patterns Of Co-Occurring Bloodfin And Neon Tetras Under Varied Environmental Conditions; faculty mentor: Dr. Jonathan Fleming
  • Randee MillerSpatiotemporal Analysis Of Hydrilla (Hydrilla Verticillata) Infestation In Pickwick Reservoir Alabama; faculty mentor: Dr. Jonathan Fleming
  • Cara NwoduA Spatial Analysis Of The Effects The Deferred Action Of Childhood Arrivals Policy May Have Had On The American Economy; faculty mentor: Dr. Mario Mighty
  • Samuel SchaferHyperspectroscopy Of Agricultural Hedgerows In Southern California; faculty mentor: Dr. Sunhui Sim
  • Roshan Mark Singh MatharuUrban Change Detection Through Nighttime Light Imagery And NDVI-Data Fusion; faculty mentor: Dr. Mario Mighty
  • Savannah WatsonBad Air: A Spatial Analysis Of Lake Michigan’s Ozone Using HSI Data; faculty mentor: Dr. Sunhui Sim
  • Chandler White - Phylogenetic Diversity Of Invasive Macrophytes In North American Lentic Systems; faculty mentor: Dr. Jonathan Fleming
  • Isabella WilsonThe Spread Of Solenopsis Invicta, Red Imported Fire Ant, Through The Southeastern Region, And Influence Of Land Use On Mound Disturbance And Spacing; faculty mentor: Dr. Greg Gaston
  • Chase Womack - China's Adventure in the South China Sea in Historical Context; faculty mentor: Dr. Michael Pretes

Department of Geography student John Crowell presents at the 2017 Annual Meeting of APCG

Dr. Michael Pretes and undergraduate #unageo student John Crowell attended the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG), held October 25-28, 2017. John gave a presentation on "The Millennial Generation, Generation Z, and National Parks: A Case Study of Visitor Age Trends in Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks" at the conference. Dr. Pretes served as John's co-author and faculty mentor.

The following Geography students were awarded the Freddie Wood Geography Research Grant for the 2017 academic year:

  • Donald Akanga - Graduate; faculty mentor: Dr. Mario Mighty
  • Randee Miller - Graduate; faculty mentor: Dr. Jonathan Fleming
  • Chandler White - Graduate; faculty mentor: Dr. Jonathan Fleming
  • Emma Melvin - Undergraduate; faculty mentor: Dr. Jonathan Fleming
  • Cara Nwodu - Undergraduate; faculty mentor: Dr. Mario Mighty

Congratulations to the following award winners of the 2017 UNA College of Arts and Sciences Awards Gala:

  • Gabby D'Arcy - Outstanding GIS Undergraduate Award
  • Anh Nguyen - Outstanding Geography Undergraduate Award
  • Anh Nguyen - Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

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, Urban and Regional Planning, Biogeography, Geomorphology, Environmental Hazards, Human Geography, 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 Geography has eight full-time faculty members and one professor emeritus with specialties in various areas of applied geography. There are over 150 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 geography is of interest to you or you have questions regarding the possibilities in geography-related careers, please contact Dr. Francis Koti, Chair of the Department of Geography at ftkoti@una.edu or 256-765-4246call