The Geography-Geology Department is home to four majors, three minors, and one graduate program along with a well field and a field camp for students.
Students may earn B.A. or B.S. degrees in Geography. Students develop and exercise critical thinking, writing, and quantitative skills. The major curriculum provides a balance between traditional liberal arts and technical and analytical skills. Technical skills in cartography and GIS are especially popular among our students.
Students may earn a B.S. degree in Geology. Students develop and exercise critical thinking, writing and quantitative skills. The major curriculum provides a balance between traditional liberal arts, and technical and analytical skills.
Students may earn a B.S. in Geography Education. Students will become certified to teach all high school social science courses (world and U.S. history, government and politics, sociology, economics, and psychology), including AP and honors geography, and are encouraged to complete the middle school endorsement to teach in middle and junior high schools as well.
Students may earn a B.S. in Earth and Space Science Education. Students will become certified to teach all high school science courses (earth science, environmental science, biology, chemistry and physics), including AP and honors geology and earth science.
A minor in Geography provides a strong preparation for a diverse range of careers and is also an effective preparation for a range of professional schools. Geographers also have a number of specific technical and analytical skills that prepare them well for certain tasks.
A minor in Geology teaches students to identify earth materials, analyze forces that act within the earth to produce major features of the earth's crust, identify processes that sculpt surface features, identify and explore resources that are vital to modern societies, and apply this knowledge to solve industrial and societal problems.
The minor in Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary and multi-departmental sponsored program that is available to students in any undergraduate major. The mission of the Environmental Studies Minor Program is to increase awareness of the interrelationships that exist between humans and the physical environment.
The Master of Science in Hydrogeology program is designed to equip students with the tools needed for a successful career in hydrogeology, whether in the private sector, government, or academia. Our graduate program is focused, offering only a master’s degree and only in the field of hydrogeology. We offer a core curriculum of required courses that allow our graduates to claim the title of "hydrogeologist."
This undergraduate certificate provides students the opportunity to take more of the advanced Geography courses and to choose an internship with a strong spatial focus (mapping, GIS, GPS, planning, field work, etc.).
The GIS Certificate is a rigorous plan of study available to geography undergraduate students who wish to prepare for advanced careers in GIS, cartography, and remote sensing.
The Hydrogeology Geographic Information Systems (GIS) graduate certificate prepares students to meet the growing demand for GIS skills in hydrogeology, both in academic research and other employment.
Geology Field Camp is the capstone experience in most undergraduate geology programs. It provides students the opportunity to apply their accumulated knowledge and skills to the investigation and interpretation of unfamiliar geologic areas.
The well field is located on the banks Little Kickapoo Creek on property owned by the Bloomington-Normal Water Reclamation District (BNWRD). It is used for teaching field methods in classes at the undergraduate and graduate level. It is also being used as the site of undergraduate and graduate research projects. We are continually expanding the instrumentation and uses of the well field.