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Availability: Gulf Park and Hattiesburg Options

Why Study Geography?

Geography is the study of processes that shape human and physical environments on Earth. Geographers focus on a wide range of themes, including geospatial technologies, weather and climate change, land use and resource management, environmental analysis, planning, sustainability science, landscape study, and socio-cultural processes. Geographical research on global change is contributing to our understanding of some of the most pressing challenges that face our planet today.

The Arthell Kelley Scholarship provides yearly awards to undergraduate and graduate students in Geography who have demonstrated excellence in their courses and extra-curricular activities.

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2Degree Options
2Study Abroad Opportunities
1Program-Specific Scholarship

What Will I Learn?

Geography students can specialize in geographic information systems, sustainable development, physical geography, biogeography, and human-environment processes. Students who major in geography are well prepared for a wide range of professional careers. Many of our alumni have gone on to forge successful careers in geographic information sciences, environmental analysis, and urban planning.

Geography Faculty in Hattiesburg and Gulf Park

Southern Miss Geography is well represented at both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses. Geography students have several options where they can take their courses and fulfill their degrees. Southern Miss Geography faculty members represent all of the major sub-fields within the discipline. As such, geography majors can take a wide range of courses in human or physical geography and in the geographic information sciences.

Dr. Andy Reese teaches a geography course for the Southern Miss British Studies Program.


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Geography BSGulf Park, Hattiesburg
Geography Minor
Geographic Information Technology Certificate

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School of Biological, Environmental and Earth Sciences

103 Bobby Chain Technology Center (TEC) 
118 College Dr. #5018
Hattiesburg, MS 39406


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  • Geographic Information Science
  • Sustainable Development and Planning
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Urban Planning
  • James Dickens (BS 2011)
    Geospatial Analyst at Naval Research Laboratories
  • Katherine Perry (BS 2015)
    2016 IIE-Fulbright Scholar (Spain); MA Student at the University of Oregon
  • Ginger Maddox (BS 2009)
    City of Hattiesburg, City Planner
  • Addy Falgoust (BS 2017)
    United States Parks Service, Interpretive Ranger, Grand Tetons National Park
  • Stephanie McCracken (BS 2014)
    2014 Truman Scholar; Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Derek Watkins (BS 2010)
    Graphics Editor; New York Times