Binghamton University Earns 2018 Top Ranking for Geography & Cartography Program

Binghamton University performed especially well in a recent ranking of geography & cartography degree programs. College Factual ranks programs offered by 4-year U.S. Colleges and Universities and has recently updated their 2018 rankings.

Binghamton University's geography & cartography program was ranked 23 out of 172 nationwide. This makes Binghamton University one of the top programs in the U.S. to study geography & cartography,

Binghamton Geography, and particularly emphasis on the applied side of the discipline, provided me with a strong foundation with which I developed my career. As my responsibilities shifted to focus on more strategic assessments of our portfolio, the common skill required has been the ability to analyze and interpret data. In an organization where more and more decisions are coming to rely on analytics, having these skills and approaching problems from a spatial perspective has been an asset. I am grateful to the Binghamton University Geography Department for helping me develop these skills.

- David McAleese, BA Class of 2004, MA Class of 2006, Vice President of Macy's Area Research

Binghamton University's geography & cartography program has also been ranked 3 out of 9 in the state of New York. This means the geography & cartography program at Binghamton University is in the top 5 in New York... CONTINUE


Professor Louisa Holmes' GEOG 481C/581F Urban Health and the Built Environment Class - Spring 2018

It is 'cookie time' after a long and productive semester.  Professor Holmes and her students spent the past 16 weeks examining local and regional domains of health and chronic disease, with specific attention to the ways in which urban neighborhood features combine with individual-level behaviors and social interaction to produce health and disease. They tackled issues such as urban planning and policy, social determinants, parks and green space, crime, residential segregation and health care access. Professor Holmes offers this course every year. Be sure to register early as the seats fill very quick!

Lousa Holmes Course Spring 2018





Story map will track changes before, after schools open

Twenty-five years from now, some journalist or scholar will want to assess the impact of Binghamton University's Health Sciences Campus on the Johnson City neighborhood where it's being built. Lucky for that person, the research has already started.

The Johnson City Revitalization Project is a story map — an online collection of data, interviews, photos and videos — that documents what's going on today in order to provide a baseline against which future data can be measured. The School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences is expected to open this summer, and the Decker School of Nursing building is under construction.

The Geography Department's Distinguished Service Professor John Frazier is leading the story map effort, with help from undergraduate and graduate students, and geography faculty and staff. The project organizes information in a manner that tells the story of the revitalization process and is able to track changes going forward.... CONTINUE

The study area surrounds the Health Sciences Campus. A series of maps show demographics, crime reports, property values, land use and more.

The study area surrounds the Health Sciences Campus. A series of maps show demographics, crime reports, property values, land use and more.


Undergraduate Research

Nine seniors met the requirements to enroll in a capstone course (Geography 482) taught by Professor Frazier in Spring 2018. This "Applied Urban Research" combined urban theory with GIS Story Map to extend a project based in the JC Revitalization Project focused on the Health Sciences Campus to a new study area surrounding the new Koffman Southern Tier Incubator in downtown Binghamton. This very limited introductory research effort will lead to continuing research in the City of Binghamton. These students were invited to showcase their research at an event on May 4 at the Koffman Center.
The students are shown here with Professor John Frazier presenting their research at Binghamton University's Research Days on Friday, April 20th, 2018.

Geog Situation

From left to right: Jesus Raul Cepin, Christabel Martinez, Cliff Marks, Joshua Gonzalez, Elvis Huang, Dylan Markowitz, Randy Lupin, Dylan Stackpole, Evan Larson, Professor John Frazier.


Cultural connections at BU

Li Xi, Geography Master's student from China, shares her experience

Pipe Dream Prism
By Kara Jillian Brown - April 15, 2018

When Li Xi visits a new country, she's not only interested in the culture, but also the physical geography of the area.

"Whenever my parents took me to travel, I was always interested in the topographical history of that specific area," Xi said. "I figured out that I was the only one who was super interested in it."

Now a second-year graduate student studying cartography and geographical information systems, Xi has been able to turn that affinity into a future career... CONTINUE

Li Xi

 Li Xi, a second-year graduate student studying cartography and geographical information systems, won the 2017 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence.
(photo by Noah Bressner)


Student Examines Campus' Effect on Neighborhood:

Joshua Gonzalez is part of a team of faculty, staff and students conducting a novel study of the community near Binghamton's pharmacy school. Read More...

JC Project Team

Team members Joshua Gonzalez, Kevin Heard, Lucius Willis, and Alexandros Balili


Geography Department Holds Third Annual GIS Day:

Stenger aims to use system to better local community

Kevin Heard and Lucius Willis presents Courtney Zirkel with an award at the third annual GIS Day, hosted by the geography department, on Friday.

GIS day organizers Kevin Heard and Lucius Willis present Geography Graduate Student Courtney Zirkel with an award for her presentation at the third annual GIS Day, hosted by the Geography Department, on Friday, February 16.

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 GIS Day Photos:


Geography 151 Builds Bridge Between Two Continents:
Taught by Mark Resinger, class links high schoolers in China with University freshmen

Mark Reisinger

Mark Reisinger, an associate professor of geography, poses in front of his collection of Chinese memorabilia. Reisinger has accumulated many gifts from former URP students, as gift-giving is an important aspect of Chinese culture.

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Graduate Student Orientation: August 21, 2017


Geography Student Wins Chancellor's Award

The Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence honors State University of New York students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, campus involvement, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts.


Commencement 2017 Profile: Frank Tolbert

Frank Tolbert

Frank Tolbert received his bachelor's degree in geography from Binghamton University where he is remaining to pursue his master's degree.

Learn more about Tolbert's work and experiences at Binghamton UniversityProfesssor Louisa Holmes GEOG 481C/581F Course