The broad nature of the geographical discipline compels it to span natural and social sciences, and adopting the approach of Systematic and applied studies. Thus, the undergraduate programme of the Department aimed and geared its Programme towards scientific geography and the application of scientific method, techniques and knowledge of geography towards tackling environmental, planning and development problems in Nigeria. It also aims at maximizing benefits and minimizing cost and damages to human behaviour in relation to the prevailing environment. These are to be achieved by attempting to conduct research, describe, explain, predict and where possible control human behaviour and/or the physical socio-cultural environment. The Programme is designed to help students understand the problem of their social and physical environment and also to develop a critical judgment which will enable them to be creative and self-reliant and make rational objective choices in contributing to issues relating to their communities. The purpose of B.Sc. Geography programme is the equipping of students with theoretical and practical knowledge to understand the interrelationships between the physical and human realms of the environment. Thus the broad aim is to have well-trained students who can understand, exploit and manage their environment in a sustainable way.

The specific objectives are to:

  1. foster awareness and appreciation of the earth’s physical and human environments and their interrelationships;
  2. enable the students acquire basic knowledge of geographic concepts, theories, problems and methods so that they can apply such knowledge in solving human problems; and
  3. enable the students acquire necessary skills which will enable them pursue careers in areas like cartography, remote sensing, geographic information system, Surveying, environmental impact assessment. Such skills will equip geography graduates to fit into many areas in both the public and private sectors of the economy.
  4.  produce graduates equipped with critical  skills and abilities required for tackling problems of spatial planning and environmental management.
  5. produce highly skilled manpower that can contribute to development at every level of society for the present and future needs of the country.
  6. demonstrate the relevance of geographical education and skills in the planning and management of global resources and environment.

advance the frontier of knowledge in geography through teaching and research by employing the state-of-the-art technology in the process.

HOD's Message

The planet earth is the only home that humans know. It is like an oasis in a stark and lonely universe. What Geography does is to try and make sense of the earth by providing knowledge of the earth’s physical, chemical, biological and human systems and of the interdependency of living things with the physical environments. This knowledge provides a basis for man to cooperate in the best interests of our planet and to find sustainable solutions to the myriads of environmental problems confronting us. The staff in the Department with varied areas of specialization are available to equip you with necessary information and knowledge so you can be part of the solution and not a problem to the society. Geography is gradually moving to centre-stage in the global society as mobile, real-time, interactive geographic technologies and systems are adopted as core operations management tools in most large-scale private and governmental organizations. The invention of real-time, interactive and mobile Global Positioning Systems (GPS)/Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technologies now enables ‘real world-real time’ geography. These technologies have led to significant advances in the ways in which geographic information is collected, mapped, interpreted and used by geographers as well as in the world at large. Such ‘geographic management systems’ are now at the heart of a vast array of real-time interactive mobile computing, oil and mineral explorations, geo-locational and geological surveys, mapping, and wireless geographic service applications. The job market is getting hot for geographers. More geographers than ever before are getting employed in exciting and lucrative jobs, using skills in cultural, regional, practical and physical geography as well as modern technologies that have revolutionized the workplace. Geographers use satellite images, GIS, GPS and remotely-sensed data both in the field and in their offices and laboratories. All levels of government and the private sectors need geographers today who can develop and apply geographic ideas and technologies to complex real world systems. At the University level, exciting new courses such as GIS, Environmental resource management, Environmental Science, and Climate science are attracting large number of students and the demand for staff with requisite specialties or theoretical and research capabilities is strong. It is my strong hope that our undergraduate students will take advantage of the vast opportunities that geography as a discipline provides so that they can be positive change-agents in Nasarawa State, Nigeria and the world at large.

Thank you.

Departmental Board

1. Dr. Adamu T. Ogah Acting HOD
2. Prof. Daltahu U. Sangara Member

Prof. Marcus N. Danjuma

4. Dr. Samaila K. Ishaya  
5. Dr. Mahmud Abubakar  
6. Dr. Magaji I. Joshua  
7. Dr. Usman U. Lay  
8. Mr. Bala Nasir Liman  
10. Mr Umar Nasiru  
11. Mr. Sunday Y. Kpalo  
12. Mr. Jonah Kunda  


Brief Profile

The Department of Geography, Nasarawa State University Keffi, was established in the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences in 2002/2003 academic year, the second year of the establishment of the university with seventeen (17) B.Sc., Geography students. The Department admitted its second set of 23 students in the 2003/2004 academic year. The number increased to 34 students in 2004/2005. Since then, enrolment of students in the department has been on the increase. This is in addition to the large number of Education-geography students. The Department was towards the end of 2007/2008 academic session relocated to the Faculty of Social Sciences and in 2017, the Department finally moved to the Faculty of Environmental Science. The Department gave birth to the Faculty of Environmental Science which split into 3 Departments namely: Geography, Environmental Management and Urban and Regional Planning

The foundation lecturer/co-coordinator of the Department was late Dr. Akwa V. Labaris.

The department has grown in strength in both academic activities and linkages since its establishment. It now offers postgraduate programmes in various fields of Geography including Climatology, Geomorphology, GIS and Environmental Resource Management, beginning from the 2005/2006 academic session. The Department has a Journal called Nigerian Journal of Tropical Geography, which started since 2008.


The Department provides a four-year programme of courses leading to the award of:

  1. B.Sc. (Geography) with Honors for students in the Faculty of Environmental Science.
  2. B.Ed. (Geography) for students of the Faculty of Education