CNU 2+2

CNU – NIU Joint Degree Program in the Geographic Sciences

The Department of Geography at Northern Illinois University and the College of Resource Environment and Tourism at Capital Normal University have partnered to offer formal exchange and joint undergraduate degree programs to their students.  

Program Description

  1. 1.       The 2+2 program     

This program is designed for students of CNU’s College of Resource Environment and Tourism.  CNU students complete their first two years of study at CNU and their 3rd and 4th years of study at NIU.   Upon completion of the 2+2 program, students will receive the B.Sc. degree from both CNU and NIU.  

  1. 2.       Study Abroad.                          

Junior-level or senior-level students from NIU may spend a semester or even a year at CNU.  All course credits taken in CNU’s College of Resource Environment and Tourism will apply toward NIU geography degree requirements.  Sophomore and junior students interested in developing Chinese language skills are also welcome to Study Abroad at CNU.   Students from CNU may Study Abroad at NIU and apply NIU Geography courses toward their degree from CNU.

 

CNU’s College of Resource Environment and Tourism and NIU’s Department of Geography share strong traditions of specialization in the geographic sciences. 

Current fields of specialization at NIU include Natural Environmental Systems (biogeography, climate and climate change, environmental management, hydrology, landscape geomorphology, and soils), Geographic Information Science (GIS, cartography, computer modeling, remote sensing, and spatial analysis), Urban-Economic Systems (urban, economic, food systems, health, location theory, population, and transportation) and Geomatics (land surveying, aerial mapping, field mapping, GIS, image analysis, and topographic mapping).  The department also offers a separate B.Sc. degree program in Meteorology. 

 

Fields of specialization at CNU include Geographical Science, Geographical Information Systems, Remote Sensing and Technology, and Tourism Management.

 

How Do I Get Started

CNU students:  if you are interested in coming to NIU for the 2+2 program or on a Study Abroad (semester or year), you will need to be admitted to NIU as an international student.   For information on applying to NIU as an international student, please visit International Admissions in NIU’s Division of International Programs.  The Division of International Programs website is full of information about NIU, the application process, what you’ll need to do once you are admitted, and information about living at NIU. 

NIU students: your first step should be to visit the Study Abroad office in the Division of International Affairs.  They will assist you with information on obtaining a student visa, costs, maintaining your student status at NIU (for student loan and financial aid purposes), travel arrangements, and living overseas.  Second, contact the College of International Education at CNU to apply to their international students program[1].  Finally, once you are admitted to Study Abroad and have a schedule of classes from CNU, you may want to talk to the Geography Advisor to discuss course equivalencies and how the CNU courses will apply to your NIU geography degree.

 

2+2 Degree Pathway (for CNU students)

Year 1 (CNU)

Year 2 (CNU)

 

      Complete:  1) CNU General Education category requirements   

                                                             2) Mathematics through at least Calculus 1

                                                             3) College English 1 – 4

                                                             4) Physical Geography

                                                             5) Core requirements for the specialization in Geography, GIS,

                                                                           Remote Sensing & Technology , or Tourism Management

 

Year 3 (NIU)

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • ·      Maps & Mapping
  • ·      World Regional Geography
  • ·      Introduction to GIS –or–

           Introduction to Remote Sensing

  • ·      elective (Geography or Geomatics)
  • ·      elective (Geography or Geomatics)
  • ·      Proseminar
  • ·      Introduction to the Atmosphere
  • ·      GIS –or–

    Remote Sensing

  • ·      elective (Geography or Geomatics)
  • ·      elective (Geography or Geomatics)
  • ·      elective

Year 4 (NIU)

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • ·      Geography of Economic Activities
  • ·      Elementary Statistics (STAT 301)
  • ·      elective (Geography or Geomatics)
  • ·      elective (Geography or Geomatics)
  • ·      elective
  • ·      Applied Statistics in Geographic Research
  • ·      Independent Research in Geography –or–

     Internship

  • ·      elective (Geography or Geomatics)
  • ·      elective (Geography or Geomatics)
  • ·      elective

 

 


 

Geography & Geomatics Electives


Natural Environmental Systems

Biogeography

GEOG 322, Geography of World Plant Communities

GEOG 324X, Women in Science

GEOG 413, Forest Ecology and Management

GEOG 422, Plant-Soil Interaction

GEOG 460, Remote Sensing of the Environment

GEOG 465, Geographic Field Work

Climate

GEOG 306, Severe and Hazardous Weather

GEOG 324X, Women in Science

GEOG 368, Climate Change: Science, Impacts & Mitigation

GEOG 370, Regional Climatology

MET 431, Applications of Climatology

Hazards

GEOG 306, Severe and Hazardous Weather

GEOG 324X, Women in Science

GEOG 406, Natural Hazards and Environmental Risk

GEOG 407, Technical Hazards

GEOG 408, Tropical Environmental Hazards

Landscapes & Soil Science

GEOG 302, Soil Science

GEOG 324X, Women in Science

GEOG 402, Pedology

GEOG 403, Soil Geography and Land Use Planning

GEOG 404, Soil Description and Interpretation

GEOG 442X, Geomorphology

GEOG 465, Geographic Field Work

Water Resources

GEOG 303, Water Resources and the Environment

GEOG 324X, Women in Science

GEOG 370, Regional Climatology

GEOG 442X, Geomorphology

GEOG 465, Geographic Field Work

GEOG 492, Hydrology

Environmental Management

GEOG 303, Water Resources and the Environment

GEOG 315X, Geography of Energy

GEOG 324X, Women in Science

GEOG 368, Climate Change: Science, Impacts & Mitigation

GEOG 403, Soil Geography and Land Use Planning

GEOG 413, Forest Ecology and Management

GEOG 453, Environmental Management

GEOG 455, Land Use Planning

 

Area Studies (People & Place)

GEOG 303, Water Resources and the Environment

GEOG 330, Geography of U.S. and Canada

GEOG 332, Geography of Latin America

GEOG 335X, Migration

GEOG 336, Geography of Africa

GEOG 338, Geography of Asia

GEOG 430, Population Geography

GEOG 435X, Space in Language and Culture

GEOG 451, Political Geography

 

Geographic Information Science

GIS & Mapping Science

GEOG 360, Introduction to Remote Sensing

GEOG 458, Geovisualization

GEOG 459, Geographic Information Systems

GEOG 460, Remote Sensing of the Environment

GEOG 467, Workshop in Cartography

GEOG 468, Workshop in GIS

GEOG 470, Web Mapping

GEOG 493, Computer Methods and Modeling

Analytical GIS

GEOG 403, Soil Geography and Land Use Planning

GEOG 407, Technical Hazards

GEOG 432, Geography of Health

GEOG 455, Land Use Planning

GEOG 464, Location Analysis

GEOG 490, Community Geography

 

Urban Economic Systems

Urban Geography & Planning

GEOG 315X, Geography of Energy

GEOG 403, Soil Geography and Land Use Planning

GEOG 453, Environmental Management

GEOG 455, Land Use Planning

GEOG 463, Urban Geography

Human Populations

GEOG 324X, Women in Science

GEOG 335X, Migration

GEOG 430, Population Geography

GEOG 432, Geography of Health

GEOG 451, Political Geography

Industry, Commerce & Transportation

GEOG 304, Transportation Geography

GEOG 315X, Geography of Energy

GEOG 407, Technical Hazards

GEOG 455, Land Use Planning

GEOG 463, Urban Geography

GEOG 464, Location Analysis

 

Geomatics

GEOG 150, Introduction to Geomatics

GEOG 250, Civil Surveying

GEOG 251, Control Surveying,

GEOG 350, Land Surveying

GEOG 450, Legal Aspects of Geomatics & Land Surveying

GEOG 474, Geomatics Design in Land Development

GEOG 475, Geomatics Planning and Computation

 

Internship – Using what you learned

GEOG 391A, Internship: Physical Geography

GEOG 391B, Internship: Environmental Management

GEOG 391C, Internship: Meteorology/Climatology

GEOG 391D, Internship: Regional Geography

GEOG 391G, Internship: Urban/Economic Geography

GEOG 391J, Internship: Methods and Techniques

GEOG 391K, Internship: Mapping/Geovisualization

GEOG 391M, Internship: Geomatics 

 



[1] Note, most CNU courses are taught in Chinese.  You may need to take an intensive Chinese language course before enrolling in College of Resource Environment and Tourism classes.