Department of Geography and Tourism is one of the leading departments of the university, which has a 70-year history of formation and development. During its existence, the department prepared tens of thousands of geography teachers for secondary schools of the republic. Today graduates of the department can be found in all corners of our republic. At the same time, graduates of the department successfully work in neighboring countries – in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Turkey, China and Mongolia.
During the existence of the department, its well-known scientists, as candidate of agricultural sciences, associate professor N.Bayandin, candidate of geography sciences, professor G.Konkashbaev, candidate of geographic sciences, professor A.G.Popolzin, candidate of geographical sciences, professor A.B. Birmagambetov, candidate of geographical sciences, associate professor R. Mashanova, candidate of geographical sciences, associate professor K.B. Akhmedova, candidate of geographical sciences, professor N.N. Karmenova and others. At present, the chair is headed by candidate of pedagogical sciences, аcting professor K.N.Mamirovа.
The department prepares geography teachers in accordance with the specialty 5B011600-Geography. By specialty 5В060900-Geography (scientific direction), specialists are being graduated for scientific institutions. Preparation of tourists-managers is carried out in accordance with the specialty 5В090200-Tourism.
The department also has a magistracy specializing in 6M060900-Geography, preparing masters of natural sciences. Training of specialists in bachelor’s and master’s programs is conducted in kazakh and in russian.
The Department of Geography and Tourism employs highly qualified specialists – professors, associate professors, senior lecturers and masters. The faculty of the department has contributed to the development of geographic education in Kazakhstan. The well-known scientist-geographer-professor A. Birmagambetov headed the department and the natural-geographical faculty of the university for many years. He is the non-replaceable author of the multi-volume encyclopedia of KazSSR and the National Encyclopedia of Kazakhstan (section “Geography”). The textbook “Physical Geography” by professor A.Birmagambetov and аcting professor K.N.Mamirovа is known not only in our country, but also abroad. Currently, the school textbook “Physical Geography” (Grade 6) has undergone 4 publications in Kazakh, Russian, Uighur languages and operates in all schools of the republic. Сandidate of geographical sciences, associate professor K.Ahmedova is the author of the school textbook for the 9th grade “Economic and social geography of Kazakhstan”. She was also the editor-in-chief of the first Atlas of KazSSR. Сandidate of geographical sciences, professor of the University N.N.Karmenova is a co-author of the current textbook “Economic and Social Geography of Kazakhstan”.
The department prepares geographers for secondary schools and scientific institutions. Pedagogical practice of students takes place in general educational institutions of Almaty, among them secondary schools №141, №167, №16, № 95, as well as the Republican College of Sports.
The department has 7 classrooms equipped with modern requirements. Educational field and production practices are conducted on the basis of hospitals located on the shore of the Kapchagai Reservoir, in the territory of the agrobiological station, in the Institute of Geography, the Institute of Soil Science and in AlmatyHydroMetcenter.