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Snyder Memorial

SM 3000
Mail Stop 140
Phone: 419.530.2545
Fax: 419.530.7919

Welcome to the Department of Geography and Planning


The Geography and Planning Department offers an intensive B.A. program that combines professional work experience with a strong academic curriculum. Learn more


The Geography and Planning Department offers M.A. degree. It also offers a GIS certificate and the Ph.D. in Spatially Integrated Social Sciences. 
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Over the years, the Department of Geography and Planning has maintained a proud tradition of teaching and research excellence. We endeavor to make the student educational experience intellectually rewarding and self-fulfilling. 
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Dr.Kevin Czajkowski NASA Grant
UT ProfessoKevin Czajkowski will transform the way science is taught to students throughout the country through his MISSION EARTH project funded with $10 million from NASA. With the new K-12 science curriculum created students will do more hands-on experiments to answer real questions and solve real problems. Read more


  • You are invited to participate in the OhioView Geospatial Workshop focused on GIS and remote sensing applications in both the social sciences and natural sciences. March 1, 2019, Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. - Flyer
  • February 1st 
    Yanqing Xu, University of Toledo - Applications of GIS in Public Health and Crime Analysis 
  • February  15th 
    Derek Alderman, University of Tennessee - The Maps Behind the Movement: African American Freedom Struggles as Geographical Work 
  • March 15th 
    Kalyn Rossiter, Ohio Northern University
  • March 29th
    Stephanie Ryberg-Webster, Cleveland State University



Open Letter from Department Chair

On behalf of the Department of Geography and Planning here at the University of Toledo, as Department Chair let me extend this warm welcome to all our current and prospective students and others interesting in learning more about our programs and faculty.  With our various programs, including BA Geography, MA Geography, Graduate Certificate in GIS - and our administration of the SISS PhD degree - we are well suited to serve the academic goals of a wide range of students with interests that range from human and cultural geography, physical geography, to examining environmental, economic, planning, and global issues. 

 Our department and programs also provide essential training in technical skills of remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), while giving our geography and planning students real world skills to solve the critical issues facing our local, regional, national and global communities.  Many of students and courses also provide experiential learning through working on local problems and projects, as well as potential opportunities for internships and study abroad.  Our graduates have pursued professional careers in areas as diverse as government agencies, local planning organizations, major corporations, elementary and high school education, international entities, non-profit community based groups and academic careers.

 Our faculty have decades of experience and expertise covering all the aforementioned fields of geography and planning study, with recent and current success in securing external funding to conduct leading research and support students as research assistants.  Current projects include work on local economic industrial development, advancing GIS applications in education, examining land use impacts and water quality in Lake Erie, planning for public transit, assessing the transformation in urban communities, and remote sensing of the earth’s surface.  Support for this work has been secured from the National Science Foundation, NASA, State of Ohio, and numerous local, state and federal agencies.

 I hope you will take the time to look through our website and learn more about us and what we do as teachers, educators, researchers and our professional and community service and engagement.  Geography and planning are growing and exciting fields of study with a variety of career paths such as GIS analysist, community planner, environmental specialist, remote sensing technician, social science teacher, economic development coordinator, and many more.  If you would like more information or have questions about our department or degree programs, please feel free to contact me.

Dr. Patrick L. Lawrence

About Us

Welcome to the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo. The department offers a quality multi-functional program that supplies service at the general educational and baccalaureate level to the university community, provides quality undergraduate and graduate programs, fosters theoretical and applied research in geography and planning, promotes multicultural understanding, complements interdisciplinary work, and engages in community outreach. The department attracts students from a variety of backgrounds with diverse career goals. It welcomes and encourages this diversity as an enriching factor in the lives of both students and faculty.

Master StudentsWe have developed an undergraduate and graduate curriculum that reflects balance in the theoretical, technical, and applied aspects of geography with a strong support for new technological and program areas. We provide students with the opportunity to have direct experience in technical support areas and with off-campus internship programs. Upon completion of the program, we expect students to have an in-depth knowledge of the traditions, history, and philosophical underpinnings of the disciplines of geography and planning; have strong micro and internet computer skills in cartography, computer graphics, location analysis, and multivariate analysis; and develop strong research, writing, and communications skills.


The Faculty's wide-ranging expertise revolves around 6 major areas of specialization:The department has a dedicated core of award-winning faculty. The faculty's outstanding research and teaching efforts have been recognized by the University's College of Arts and Sciences, the European Specialty Group of the AAG, the Micro-Computers Specialty Group of the AAG, and the Institute for British Geographers. Two of our faculty are Masters Teachers, and one just recently won an Outstanding Teacher Award.

  • GIS and Spatial Analysis (including location-allocation modeling)
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Urban-Economic Geography
  • Environmental Geography/Planning
  • Land Use Analysis and Transportation Geography/Planning
  • Cultural, Behavioral, and Social Geography
  • Remote Sensing  

Over the years, the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toledo has maintained a proud tradition of teaching and research excellence. We endeavor to make the student educational experience intellectually rewarding and self-fulfilling. What follows is a more detailed description of the department's mission, goals and objectives; faculty research biographies; research facilities; and the department's economic development and community outreach focus. If you have any questions about our program or would like to visit please drop us a line.

Department Location
-Snyder Memorial Building

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Last Updated: 4/22/19