Department of Geography

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A Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Geography webpage. We offer a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology ; a Bachelor of Science in Geography with options in Physical Geography, Human Geography, Geospatial, and Planning; a Master of Arts in Geography and two Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Programs: Community Development and Planning and GIS Analysis with two options -- Ecological GIS or GIS Applications.

We also offer a five-year program where you earn both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees .

Take a look at our webpages, and do not hesitate to contact me or any of the faculty members if you need additional information.

Dr. Samuel Thompson, Department Chair

Why study Geography or Meteorology at WIU?

Having both geography and meteorology expertise in one department offers students the opportunity to pair an understanding of cultural aspects and the physical world to address real world problems.  Some of the assets of our department are:

  • Diverse faculty with a wide range of backgrounds
  • Small department with low student/faculty ratio
  • Strong hiring tradition through the GIS Center
  • Application-oriented learning
  • Strong emphasis on undergraduate research


Research opportunities

We have a diverse range of research opportunities available to our students.  Every student graduating from our department performs research that applies classroom knowledge to real-world applications.  Some examples of these opportunities include: