Department Chairperson: Christopher Sutton
Graduate Committee Chairperson: Samuel Thompson 309/298-3033
Department Office: Tillman Hall 313
Department Telephone: 309/298-1648
Department Fax: 309/298-3003
Department E-mail: email@example.com
Location of Program Offering: Macomb
Associate Graduate Faculty
The Department of Geography offers a Master of Arts in Geography and post-baccalaureate certificate programs in Community Development and Environmental GIS.
Master of Arts Program
The Department of Geography offers work leading to the Master of Arts
requirements are highly flexible, allowing a student to arrange programs of study which
serve as a basis for further graduate study, meet the immediate and changing needs of
teachers and other educators, or prepare students for positions in industry, business, or government.
Students shall have completed a minimum of 24 semester hours in geography. Exceptions may be made if the student has a strong background in cognate areas or if undergraduate deficiencies are removed by taking courses as required by the Departmental Graduate Committee. Students who lack preparation in basic cartographic techniques and/or basicquantitative analysis techniques are required to complete GEOG 208 and/or GEOG 301 as deficiencies.
A minimum of 32 semester hours of credit is required for the Master
of Arts degree; up to
nine hours may be transfer credit. It is possible for students, through
experiences and/or specific course combinations, to enhance their career opportunities in
areas such as regional and rural planning, environmental assessment, geographic
information systems, remote sensing, and climatology.
The Master of Arts degree in geography may be earned by one of three plans of study.
GEOG 698 Thesis (3)
Directed Electives (20)
Internship (GEOG 596 or 597**) (3–6)
GEOG 697 Applied Project (3)
Directed Electives (14–17)
Two Paper Option*
GEOG 699 Geography Papers (0)
Directed Electives (23)
TOTAL PROGRAM: 32 s.h.
*Theses, applied projects, and the two papers must be defended before
a committee of
three faculty members selected by the student and approved by the chair of the Departmental Graduate Committee. Theses and Applied Projects must be proposed by the student and approved by his or her committee before enrolling in GEOG 697 or 698.
**Internship requirement may be waived with the approval of the chair
Departmental Graduate Committee.
Students may take a maximum of six semester hours in GEOG 598, Directed
Research. Students may enroll in GEOG 598 only if one of the following conditions has
been met: (1) the student has an approved thesis or project proposal; (2) the student is conducting work with a member of the department’s graduate committee and the
department chairperson has been informed of the nature of the work.
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program
The department offers post-baccalaureate certificates in Community Development and Environmental GIS. For program details, please go to www.wiu.edu/grad/catalog/certificate.php.
Theory and Methodology
400G Field Methods. (3) A problem-oriented
introduction to geographic field work in which various
techniques and instruments are used to learn in the
field. Emphasis is on observation, interviewing, and
recording of data, especially on maps and air photos.
Prerequisite: Twenty-four hours of geography, or permission of the instructor.
401G Air Photo Interpretation. (3) Introduction to the techniques of interpreting features of the physical and cultural environment from air photos, with emphasisupon practical applications. Laboratory. Prerequisite: GEOG 120 or 100, or permission of the instructor.
403G Remote Sensing. (3) Principles of remote
sensing with particular reference to interpretative
applications in the earth sciences, agronomy,
conservation, forestry, archaeology, and anthropology.
Analysis of radar, infrared, near infrared, and visible
light imagery. Laboratory. Prerequisites: GEOG 120 and 121; or GEOL 110 and 112; or a lab sequence in biology or physics; or permission of the instructor.
408G Environmental Geographic Information Science. (3) Emphasis upon raster and 3D modeling based upon continuous data. Integration of vector data and concepts when appropriate for the solution of cellbased problems. Laboratory. Prerequisites: GEOG 302 and GEOG 308.
409G Thematic Geographic Information Science. (3) Emphasis upon GIS modeling based upon coordinatebased spatial data. Integration of raster-based GIS data and concepts when appropriate for the solutions of vector-based problems. Laboratory. Prerequisites: GEOG 308 or GEOG 402; and GEOG 201 or STAT 171 or equivalent.
459G (cross-listed with BIOL 459G) Biogeography. (3) Study of the geographical distributions of organisms, the evolutionary and ecological processes underlying the patterns of distribution, and the role of biogeography in biological conservation. Prerequisites: BIOL 102 and 103, or permission of the instructor.
504 Philosophy and Literature. (3) The purpose is to acquaint the student with the various types and sources of geographic literature, its nature, content and value, and the history and philosophy of the discipline.
505 Methods of Research. (3) Research techniques employed in graduate work. Methods used in solving geographic problems and in evaluating geographic research projects.
508 GIS and Cartographic Design. (3) An introduction to basic cartographic principles and the application of geographic information system (GIS) tools. Students will learn theory and techniques that will be applied to project(s) associated to their discipline.
509 Fundamentals of GIS Analysis. (3) An introduction to geographic information system (GIS) analysis tools. Students will learn theory and techniques that will be applied to project(s) associated to their discipline. Prerequisite: GEOG 508.
421G Physiography. (3) Characteristics and distribution of landforms of the United States. Prerequisites: GEOG 120 and 121; or GEOL 110 and 112; or permission of the instructor.
425G Satellite and Radar Meteorology. (3) The theoretical principles and application of satellites and radar in synoptic meteorology and climatology. Applications of satellite and radar imageries include clouds, wind, atmostpheric water vapor precipitation and storm prediction. The course includes operational procedures fundamental to weather radar. Prerequisite: GEOG 322 or permission of the instructor.
426G (cross-listed with BIOL 426G) Conservation and Management of Natural Resources. (3) Problems in the conservation and management of natural resources, including soil, water, rangeland, forest, wildlife, air, and energy resources. Special attention to resource problems of the United States. Prerequisites: Two courses in geography or permission of the instructor.
428G Geography of Soils. (3) Distribution of soils,
and their regional aspects. The relationship of different kinds
of soils to other environmental conditions, both natural
and human. Prerequisite: Earth science or a geology lab sequence, or permission of the instructor.
630 Seminars in Physical Geography. (1–3, repeatable to 9) Seminars are available under the following titles: climatology, conservation, geography of soils, paleography, physiography, water resources planning, environmental assessment.
445G Urban Geography. (3) An analysis of the nature,distribution,
and principal functions of urban settlements
and supporting areas. Prerequisites: Two courses in
geography or permission of the instructor.
448G Introduction to Urban and Regional Planning. (3) An examination of the contemporary planning process. Emphasis is placed upon utopian planning antecedents, the framework for planning and the mechanisms for carrying out the planning process, and comprehensive planning and its implementation. Prerequisite: GEOG 445 or POLS 370, or their equivalents, or permission of the instructor.
450G Professional Workshop. (1–3) Lincoln’s Illinois: special topics. Graded S/U.
549 Nonmetropolitan Planning. (3) An advanced course on the process of nonmetropolitan planning. Particular emphasis is placed upon planning for smaller communities, and the restrictions that geographic space places on the planning process, especially in the delivery of public services.
557 Planning Implementation. (3) An examination and application of the various instruments that may be used to implement comprehensive or development plans. Topics included are land use regulations, ownership, taxation, and public investment. Particular emphasis is placed upon the preparation of an implementation program for a unit of government within the western Illinois region. Prerequisite: GEOG 448 or its equivalent, or GEOG 549, or permission of the instructor.
650 Seminars in Cultural Geography. (1–3, repeatable to 9) Seminars are available under the following titles: agricultural geography, economic geography, historical geography, land use policy, manufacturing geography, political geography, population and resources, regional planning, rural development, settlement geography, transportation geography.
461G The U.S. and Canada. (3) Analysis of regional variations in physical environments, and of humans and their activities in the United States and Canada. Prerequisites: Two courses in geography, or permission of the instructor.
466G World Regions. (3, repeatable to 9 with different regional subtitles) Analysis of the physical and cultural geography of a major world region chosen from the following: Latin America, U.S.S.R., Monsoon Asia, Europe, Africa (cross-listed with AAS 466G), Middle America, South America, and Asia. Prerequisites: Two courses in geography or permission of the instructor.
Individual Study and Research
580 (cross-listed with ECON 580, CH 580, POLS 580 and RPTA 580) Skills in Community Development. (3) This course emphasizes the practical skills required to be an effective community developer, including conflict resolution, leadership, comunication, and community capacity-building. The focus is on skillbuilding, as students are provided opportunities to practice new techniques. Topics will be modified as new technologies and other external factors impact the practice of community development. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
596 Internship in Applied Geography. (1–6, repeatable to 6) Assignment as an assistant in public, private, or university agencies engaged in meteorology, cartography, etc. Repeatable, but no more than three semester hours of credit may be applied to the minimum credit hour requirement of the program. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chairperson.
597 Internship in Planning. (1–6) Assignment as a student assistant in governmental and other public agencies that are engaged in urban, rural, or regional planning and development. Repeatable, but no more than three semester hours of credit may be applied to the minimum credit hour requirement of the program. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chairperson.
598 Directed Study—Research. (3–6) A research course designed to allow students to investigate geographic phenomena not covered in their previous graduate-level courses. Repeatable, but no more than six semester hours of credit may be applied to the minimum credit hour requirement of the program. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chairperson.
697 Applied Project. (3) Prerequisite: Approved project proposal and permission of the Department Chairperson.
698 Thesis. (3) Prerequisite: Approved thesis proposal and permission of the Department Chairperson.
699 Geography Papers. (0) Students in the two-paper degree option will write and defend two papers on topics approved by a committee of three faculty members selected by the student and approved by the chair of the Departmental Graduate Committee. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chairperson.