A student gathers a water sample from the East Lagoon

Undergraduate Programs

Choose one of our emphases to explore your interests while gaining research experience. As a member of our close-knit community, you'll learn from the best. We're home to accomplished professors and researchers, including three distinguished research professors and two National Weather Service consulting meteorologists.

Program Emphases


Choose geography if you're interested in exploring conditions that influence everything from a region's economy to its social development. You can take electives from across the curriculum or focus your studies in GIS and mapping science, natural environmental systems, urban-economic systems or area studies. We also offer an undergraduate certificate in geographic information systems and a minor in geography.

B.A. or B.S. in Geography


Choose meteorology if you want a career in applied, environmental or broadcast meteorology; weather forecasting; or applied climatology. Our program was the first of its kind to be offered by an Illinois public university. It meets American Meteorological Society standards for an undergraduate degree in atmospheric science, as well as federal civil service requirements for meteorologists.

B.S. in Meteorology

Certificate Program

Learn more about our Geographic Information Systems certificate.

Training and Fieldwork

Research Opportunities

We're leaders of research in areas such as climate change, global warming, critical minerals, hydrogeology and GIS. You'll have many opportunities to get involved. From investigating a particular area in one of our labs to participating in field schools and on-site research, you'll gain skills while connecting with students and faculty.

Contact Us

Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Davis Hall, Room 312

815-753-0631 (undergraduate)
815-753-1943 (graduate)

815-753-1945 (fax)

Undergraduate Advising

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Justin Dodd (Geology and Environmental Geosciences)
Davis Hall 413

Nicole LaDue (Earth Science Education)
Davis Hall 403C

Xuwei Chen (Geography)
Davis Hall 202A

Victor Gensini (Meteorology)
Davis Hall 219E

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