Undergraduate Course Sequence (sample)

Sample Geography BS/BA Four Year Course Plan 

Year 1 Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
ENGL 103 3 MATH 110 3
Knowledge Domain 3 Knowledge Domain 3
GEOG 101 and 102 4 Knowledge Domain 3
Knowledge Domain 3 GEOG 202 or 204 3
UNIV 101 (optional) 1 Lab Science (B.S. requirement) 4
Total hours 13-14 Total hours 16

Year 2 Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Knowledge Domain 3 MATH 211 3
ENGL 203 3 GEOG 256 3
COMS 100 4 Geography Elective (300/400 level) 3
GEOG 105 and 106 4 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
GEOG 300 1
Total hours 16 Total hours 16

Year 3 Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
STAT 301 (B.S. requirement) 4 GEOG 361 3
GEOG 359 3 GEOG Elective 3
Geography Elective (300/400 level) 3 GEOG 202 or 204 3
Geography Elective (300/400 level) 3 Lab Science (B.S. requirement) 4
Elective: Minor or Other 3 Elective: Geography/Minor/Other 3
Total hours 16 Total hours 16

Year 4 Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
Elective: Geography (300/400 level) 3 Elective: Geography (300/400 level) 3
Elective: Geography (300/400 level) 3 Elective: Geography (300/400 level) 3
Elective: Geography/Minor/Other 3 GEOG 391, 491 or Elective 3
Elective: Minor/Other (300/400 level) 3 Elective: Minor/Other  (300/400 level) 3
Elective: Minor/Other  (300/400 level) 3 Elective: Minor or Other 3
Total hours 15 Total hours 15

Geography Advisor Andrew Krmenec

Meteorology Advisor David Changnon

Geography bridges the social and physical sciences, examining both physical processes and human activities. Geographers focus on questions of location - where activities are located, why they are located where they are, and how the characteristics of a location affect both human activities and environmental processes.

A student at NIU considering geography as a major has the opportunity to choose from five areas of specialization, each building on a common foundation of knowledge, methods, and skills. The five emphases are: Area Studies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Natural Environmental Systems (NES), Urban/Economic Systems, and General Geography. In addition to the B.S. and B.A. degrees in geography, the department also offers a Certificate of Undergraduate Study in GIS.