Geography is an integral component of the UNL School of Natural Resources. The School has an innovative structure designed to facilitate interdisciplinary teaching and research on important issues involving climate variability and change, water resources and applied ecology, including human-cultural and social factors critical in environmental management and policy. Both master's and doctoral degrees in Geography are offered.
Particularly strong programs exist in: 1) Geographic Information Science
, emphasizing geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing and cartography; 2) Historical and Human Geography
, focusing on culture and settlement of the Great Plains, environmental perception and political behavior; 3) Natural Resources and Environmental Geography
, emphasizing geospatial dimensions of conservation, water resources, natural hazards, climatology and related areas; and 4) Community and Regional Planning
, a cross-disciplinary doctoral program combining strengths of the faculty of Geography and GI Science and faculty of Community and Regional Planning.
Many geography faculty and students are affiliated with UNL research centers such as the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies
, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the High Plains Regional Climate Center, and the Center for Great Plains Studies