About the Department

Geographers explore the earth and use cutting-edge technology to portray and understand our world. An education in Geography prepares you to help make a difference in our modern world by combining local and global perspectives to find creative ways to solve real-word problems. 

At the University of Nebraska at Kearney Department of Geography, students can choose from undergraduate degrees in Geography (BA or BS), Geography and GIScience (BS), and a teaching subject endorsement for Education. We also offer Minors in Geography, GIScience, and Environmental Science.

Physical geographers concentrate on the earth and topics such as climate, landforms, soils, and the natural environment. Human geographers concentrate on people and their activities, such as culture, economics, history, and political systems. Geographic Information Science (GIScience), including cartography and remote sensing, is used by both physical and human geographers to bring a spatial perspective to our knowledge of the world. In our labs you can explore technologies in GIS, Remote Sensing, Cartography and Physical Geography – in small classes alongside faculty who involve you in their research.

Travis Hollman

Travis says he thought the MBA program would be easy for him to scoot through, and that it would be a high-level review of what he had already learned “in the real world.” It was not. It was deep. It was experiential. It challenged him and taught him many new and practical things that he is applying to his existing business, Hollman Media. Travis also found research particularly rewarding. He says his mentor, Dr. Luthans, let him take the lead, but also provided thoughtful mentorship and was genuinely engaged, interested, and helpful in his research.

Travis Hollman


Beyond the Classroom

The Department of Geography at the University of Nebraska at Kearney offers students opportunities to get involved in student organizations, undergraduate research, internships, and to earn scholarships toward their education.  All of these opportunities help students to advance their knowledge of Geography, and to become more successful in their future careers.
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Student Resources

  • Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) GTU is an international honor society in geography. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography.
  • GIScience Lab The GIScience Lab is housed in Copeland Hall Room 220 serves as a classroom and features state of the art computer technology with GIS, Remote Sensing, and Cartography software.
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  • Geography Research The Department of Geography emphasizes integrated teaching and research. Geography students are involved in a wide range of research projects, some as a part of upper-level Geography courses, and others through the Summer Student Research Program, the Honors Program, and the University Research Fellow Program. Our annual newsletter highlights recent research in the department.
  • Internships The department has an active internship program. In the last few years, students have been involved with internships near by in Minden, Nebraska and a regional planning commission in St. Joseph, Missouri.
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  • Outstanding Senior/Student Award This is awarded to a student majoring in Geography who has shown exemplary commitment to his or her studies.
  • Riley & Rodney Oestreicher Scholarship Fund Candidates for this scholarship shall be pursuing a major in psychology, history, geography or sociology. Recipients shall be sophomore, junior or senior in class standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Financial aid will be taken into consideration.
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