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Department of Geography And Environmental Sciences

Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Geography And Environmental Sciences

Welcome and thank you for visiting the website of the Department of Geography and Environmental Science at the University of Calabar. We are globally recognized as the pride of the University of Calabar because of our distinguished record of excellence in both teaching, learning, and research. The Department, which is one of the foundation Departments in the University, has undergone several self-directed internal restructurings aimed at making the study and practice of Geography more service-oriented, interested, and relevant to contemporary needs. The Department adopted the name Geography and Environmental Science in 2011 and moved to the Faculty of Environmental Sciences in 2018 from the Faculty of Social Sciences that it has been since its inception. We encourage you to go through our various web pages and find out more information about our academic programs, courses and curriculum, research, admission requirements, and other activities. 

We are located in the Duke Town Campus (commonly called Main Campus) of the University. We run programs that lead to the award of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Geography and Environmental Sciences. The University has engaged a committed team of highly experienced academic, administrative, and technical staff. These academic staff, whose specialties span physical and human Geography and their applied varieties, has an unusual dedication to teaching, mentoring, and research that are directed at training students to learn, acquire knowledge and actionable skills, and develop an enriching experience that will enable them to dominate the next generation of geographers and environmental scientists at the local, regional and global levels. Our unique location in both hard and soft rock terrain and our deliberate emphasis on experiential learning has made the field trips components of our training to be very exciting and memorable trips that every student desire to be part of. 

The Department is blessed with state-of-the-art facilities to support its activities. These facilities include a geographic information system laboratory, dendrochronology laboratory, museums, pollen analysis laboratory, soil, and sediment analysis facilities, and so on. The Department has produced great and highly accomplished geographers and environmentalists, who are occupying enviable job positions in academic and research institutions, government ministries, entrepreneurs, and policy-making organs. Their great achievements and fulfilments have continued to inspire members of the Department to sustain our excellent academic and research activities. The Department owes some of them huge debts of gratitude for their contributions to the development of the Department.

If you are seeking for a university to study Geography and Environmental Science, we strongly encourage you to consider our department. We will welcome any suggestions, questions, comments, or feedback that you may send to us. Direct them to us using any of our contact channels.

Thanks for vising our website as we hope to meet you soon.

Best wishes.

Prof. Mrs. Pauline A. Esssoka

Head of Department

Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective


To employ intellectual resources in Geography and Environmental Science for teaching and production of highly competent graduates.


To provide solutions to the increasing challenges of the environment.



The philosophy of the programme is to foster the understanding of the processes and patterns in the spatial organization of the physical and human environment, and human relationship with his environment.  While pursuing the above, the programme seeks to provide solutions to global, regional and local problems within spatial and environmental resource sustainability contexts.



The main objective of the Department is to produce graduates who can understand the physical environment and its challenges, therefore making effective contributions toward nurturing it and solving its problems.  In detail, the programme objectives are:


(i)                       To discover, describe, explain and interpret the physical environment.

(ii)                    To identify the environmental problems, especially in the areas of environmental degradation, environmental pollution, land use, and management of environmental resources.

(iii)                  To equip students with suitable analytical and technical skills required for tackling environmental problems, focusing specifically on the linkages that exist between natural and man-made environments.

(iv)                   To provide undergraduate students with a thorough grounding in the discipline of environmental management, thus meeting the need for professional expertise.

(v)                     To respond to the needs of the immediate society by applying our specialized knowledge and expertise to solving or mitigating local, state, national and global environmental problems  




The Department of Geography and Environmental Science University of Calabar came into being as an out-growth of the Department of Geography, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Over the years, the Department has re-structured itself to make the study and practice of Geography more service oriented and relevant to contemporary needs of society.  The first phase of the restructuring of the Department was the programme modification that led to the emergence of the name Geography and Regional Planning (GRP) in 1981 in place of the former Department of Geography.  The latest phase is the modification of the programme to realign with the teaching and study of Geography to be more focused on aspects of the contemporary human development challenges, including flooding, deforestation, soil erosion, drought, desertification, etc which the Department is best suited to deal with. This entails understanding and managing the environmental and spatial problems of society.  The new thrust necessitated the change in the name, to the Department of Geography and Environmental Science (GES) in 2011.  The programme has been handled by the following heads of Department:

This modification is justified on two main grounds: Firstly, the late 20th and early 21st centuries have heralded the emergence of a high level of technological awareness with significant effects on global socio-economic development.  Inherent within this awareness are massive interactive processes rapidly endangering the ecological integrity of the environment and subsequently human survival. In the wake of this, Geography, a discipline that focuses on the earth as the home of man across the world is adopting an integrative approach to facilitate the understanding of the processes at work in order to improve its problem-solving and decision-making dimensions in sustainable development.  This entails the need to re-focus the study of Geography as both a spatial and sustainability science.

Secondly, University level enrolment in Geography and Environmental Science was declining over the years, as a result of the diminishing interest in regional planning, which is no longer on the front burner of the development discourse.  Interest globally shifted to environmental issues, which Geography naturally focuses on. The Department, in recognition of the above, restructured its program to adequately position itself for the challenges presented by the dynamic world.

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