Following the need for graduates of geography in the state to fill the various related fields in its Ministries and Parastatals, the Department was created right from the inception of the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina (formerly Katsina State University) in the year 2006. It was initially located in the Faculty of Humanities but was transferred to Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences in the year 2007.

The Department was established to offer single honours Degree in geography   (B.Sc Geography) and as a teaching subject for education students (B.Sc Ed. Geography). As at the 2012/2013 Academic session, the Department has introduced Postgraduate Programmes; PGD, MRD, M.Sc. and Ph.D Geography.

Twenty Seven (27) Academic staff are currently employed to run the academic activities of the Department. Malam Lawal Abdurrasheed (BSc., MSc, Ph.D) was the pioneered Head of Department; currently the Department is headed by Dr. Ibrahim Hamisu

In addition to the courses offered, the Department also has a strong objective in boosting research and development to meet the persistent challenges of managing the dynamic environment.


The Department of Geography Katsina State University aims and gears its programmes towards producing graduates in scientific geography and the application of scientific method, technique and knowledge of geography in tackling environmental, planning and development problems in Nigeria. Based on this philosophy, the main objectives of the programmes are as follows:

  • To maximise benefits and minimise costs and damages to human behaviour in relation to the prevailing environment.
  • To conduct research, describe, explain, predict and where possible control human behaviour and or the physical socio – cultural environment.
  • To help students understand the problems of their social and physical environments.
  • To develop critical judgment which will enable them to be creative and self reliant in making rational and objective choices and in contributing to issues relating to their communities
  • To develop student intellectual ability for the successful pursuit of their postgraduate studies

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