The Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences offers the B.A. and B.S. degrees with a major in geography and the B.S. degree with a major in meteorology. The major in geography has emphases in geography and geomatics. 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 may pursue a double major in geography and meteorology or the major in meteorology and a minor in geography.
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, global studies, Latino/Latin American studies, and Southeast Asian studies.
Geographic and Atmospheric Faculty
David Changnon, Ph.D., Colorado State University, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Board of Trustees Professor, chair
Walker S. Ashley, Ph.D., University of Georgia, Presidential Teaching Professor
Xuwei Chen, Ph.D., Texas State University, associate professor
Courtney M. Gallaher, Ph.D., Michigan State University, assistant professor
Vittorio (Victor) Gensini, Ph.D., University of Georgia, assistant professor
Ryan D. James, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Charlotte, associate professor
Michael E. Konen, Ph.D., Iowa State University, associate professor
Wei Luo, Ph.D., Washington University, Distinguished Research Professor
Jie Song, Ph.D., University of Delaware, professor
James L. Wilson, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, associate professor