The Department of Geography offers the B.A. and B.S. degrees with a major in geography and the B.S. degree in meteorology. Students may pursue a double major in geography and meteorology or a major in meteorology and a minor 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. The program offers the student the opportunity to participate in the NIU Weather Service. 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 management systems, environmental studies, international studies, Latino/Latin American studies, Southeast Asian studies, and urban studies.
Andrew J. Krmenec, Ph.D., Indiana University, professor, chair
Walker S. Ashley, Ph.D., University of Georgia, associate professor
Mace L. Bentley, Ph.D., University of Georgia, associate professor
David Changnon, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Board of Trustees Professor
Xuwei Chen, Ph.D., Texas State University, assistant professor
David Goldblum, Ph.D., University of Colorado, associate professor
Richard Greene, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, associate professor
Michael E. Konen, Ph.D., Iowa State University, associate professor
Wei Luo, Ph.D., Washington University, professor
Lesley S. Rigg, Ph.D., University of Melbourne, professor
Jie Song, Ph.D., University of Delaware, professor
James L. Wilson, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, assistant professor