Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences at NIU!
Geography is the study of place and location, why things are located where they are, and how the characteristics of a location affect natural processes, the environment, and human activities. Yes, Geography is about maps, but it really is a great deal more!
The Department offers the B.A. and B.S. degrees with a major in geography, the B.S. degree in meteorology, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geography. The B.S. degree in geography offers the opportunity to develop greater understanding of a specific aspect of geography by choosing an area of study in area studies, geographic information systems (GIS), natural environmental systems, or urban/economic systems. By the proper selection of electives, the student can meet federal civil service qualification standards as a soil scientist or hydrologist. An advanced studies certificate is also available in GIS.
The major in meteorology provides training for students interested in general meteorology, weather forecasting, and environmental meteorology, and the education necessary for graduate work in the atmospheric sciences. Students should consult with a departmental adviser to plan a program of study in either geography or meteorology. The department offers a minor in geography and a departmental honors program and participates in the interdisciplinary minors in black studies, environmental studies, international studies, Latino/Latin American studies, Southeast Asian studies, and urban studies.
Our undergraduate program is organized about four areas of specialization: Area Studies-the geography of places and regions; Geographic Information Systems-blending mapping science and information technology; Natural Environmental Systems-environmental science with human impacts; and Urban/Economic Systems-how we organize and inhabit our world. You can earn the B.S. or B.A. degree in geography by selecting electives from any one of these areas, or by sampling across our entire curriculum. The department also offers an undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems, Certificate in Homeland Security, and a minor in Geography.
For additional information, please visit the Department's website, stop by the main office at Davis Hall 118, or contact us at (815) 753-0631.