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The Department of Geography and Geo-Information Sciences is one of the five departments in the School of Environmental Sciences. The other departments of the School are: Hydrology and Water Resources; Mining and Environmental Geology; Ecology and Resource Management and Urban and Regional Planning. Within the School, the niche of the Department is its emphasis on the analysis of spatial organisation of both the human and the physical environments. The processes that influence this organisation are analysed as the basis of understanding major issues in the environment in all the disciplines relevant to the School.

The Department's major focus is spatial science providing mapping services, education and training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS), Surveying and Geomatics. The Department serves the School, the University and the northern region (Vhembe District) of the Limpopo province and South Africa as a whole.

Three-year undergraduate, Honours, Master's and Ph.D. degree programmes are offered. The main objective of the undergraduate programme is to provide students with a strong background to work as environmental and geo-information scientists. The structure of the modules that constitute the programme provide for a broad based introduction to major world environments and associated techniques in the first year. In the second year students are introduced to theoretical thrusts and methodology. In the third year students begin to specialize. Masters and doctoral programmes are mainly geared towards research and applied work.

Students are also prepared to pursue career areas in line with the South African education policy that puts emphasis on career-oriented training and one that combines knowledge with skills training. Tourism Geography, Rural Development Planning, Population and Demography, Industrial and Settlement Studies, Applied Geomorphology, Climatology, Biogeography, Geography and Geo-Information Science are specific fields of study.
For more information contact the Head of Department:


The following is a list of Modules offered by the Department of Geography and Geo-Information Sciences:

GEO1541 Integrated Study of Major World Environments 1
GEO1641 Integrated Study of Major World Environments 2
GEO1520 Introduction to Cartography, Map Analysis and
Aerial Photograph Interpretation
GEO 1620 Elements of Remote Sensing and Geometrics
GEO 2541 Spatial Organisation of Society
GEO 2641 Patterns and Processes in Physical Geography
GEO 2542 Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods
GEO 2642 Themes on the Geography of Africa
GEO 3541 Geography of South Africa
GEO 3641 Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems
GEO 3542 Geomorphology
GEO 3642 Climatology
GEO 3543 Biogeography
GEO 3544 Population and Demography
GEO 3643 Geography of Tourism
GEO 3644 Rural Geography and Development
GEO 3545 Settlement and Industrial Development
GEO 5520 General Research Methodology
GEO 5521 Geographical Thought and Methodology
GEO 5522 Advanced Quantitative and Qualitative
GEO 5720 Research Project and Report/Dissertation
GEO 5620 Applied Geomorphology
GEO 5621 Applied Climatology
GEO 5622 Applied Biogeography
GEO 5623 Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Policy
GEO 5624 Land Tenure and Rural Land Use
GEO 5625 Advanced Population Dynamics and Demography
GEO 5626 Urbanisation and Rural Settlement Studies
GEO 5627 Geographical Information Systems & Remote Sensing

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Dr. N.S. Nethengwe
Department of Geography & Geo-information Sciences
University of Venda
P/Bag X5050
Thohoyandou
0950
Tel: + 27 (15) 962 8593
E-mail: Nthaduleni.nethengwe@univen.ac.za

The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Geography and Geo-Information Sciences:

Designation Name Contacts

Dr. N.S. Nethengwe

Tel:- +27 15 962 8593
E-mail:Nthaduleni.nethengwe@univen.ac.za

Prof. A. Musyoki

Tel:- +27 15 962 8586
E-mail:agnes.musyoki@univen.ac.za

Dr. T.M. Nelwamondo


Tel:- +27 15 962 8582
E-mail:Tshililo.nelwamondo@univen.ac.za

Ms. M. Nembudani

Tel:- +27 15 962 8590
E-mail:Madzinge.nembudani@univen.ac.za

Ms. N.V. Mudau


Tel:- +27 15 962 8591
E-mail:Virginia.mudau@univen.ac.za

Mr. M.J. Mokgoebo


Tel:- +27 15 962 8581
E-mail:Matjutla.mokgoebo@univen.ac.za

Mr. E. Kori


Tel:- +27 15 962 8565
E-mail: Edmore.kori@univen.ac.za