Department of Geography

Western Illinois University

Department of Geography

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Geography’s webpage. We offer B.S. degree programs in Geography and Meteorology, MA in Geography, and two post-baccalaureate certificate programs—Community Development Certificate and Environmental GIS Certificate, which is a joint program with the Department of Biological Sciences. As a Department, we promote critical thinking, engaged learning, research, and creativity in a challenging, supportive, learning environment.

    • The Department has invested in geospatial technologies to support instruction and research. We strongly encourage all majors to explore these geospatial technologies.

    • Our faculty are collegial and readily available to assist students. They maintain office hours and offer appointment time for those who have scheduling conflicts.

    • Our faculty mentor and/or collaborate with the majors (undergraduates and graduates) on various research projects. We are proud of our students who present their research at the annual WIU Undergraduate Research Day.  Other students present their research at state, regional or national conferences.

    • Together, we prepare our students to be successful in the workplace or pursue an advanced degree.

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

Dr. Samuel Thompson,  Department Chair

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