Academics

Geography

“My main interest in the program quickly became Geographic Information Systems (GIS), which is a minor offered by the Geography Department.  Many of the professors in the department have expertise in GIS and Remote Sensing. After completing the GIS minor and graduating from the geography department, I have developed essential skills to prepare me for a career in GIS.

Overall, the Geography program is very strong at WIU.  The faculty members are very friendly, helpful, and have a genuine interest in ensuring that students gain a quality education.  If you are considering a career in Geography, WIU is a great place to start!"  

- Caleb Mackey (2012) is a GIS technician with Henderson County, Iowa.

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The department is home to the McDonough County Geographic  Information Systems Center, a partnership between WIU, the City of Macomb and McDonough County. Responsible for compilation, execution, and management of GIS projects for the city of Macomb and McDonough County, students are provided regular opportunities to put their knowledge and skills into ongoing projects with real world results.

Possible Career Paths

Career opportunities are found in both public and private sectors.

Government agencies employing geographers include:

  • The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Bureau of the Census
  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • State, regional, and local planning agencies

Private employers of geographers include:

  • economic and environmental consulting firms
  • mapping and aerial survey companies
  • climatological consulting firms
  • environmental engineering firms
Why Choose Geography at WIU?

Our students can choose to concentrate on computer cartography, remote sensing, and geographic information systems.

The department is home to the McDonough County Graphic Information Services Center, a partnership between WIU, the City of Macomb and McDonough County. Responsible for compilation, execution, and management of GIS projects for the city of Macomb and McDonough County, students are provided regular opportunities to put their knowledge and skills into ongoing projects with real world results.

At A Glance

 

  • Degree Available: Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts
  • Minor Available? Yes
  • Graduate Degree Available? Yes
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities: GradTrac, Honors

 

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