Welcome to the Northern Illinois University Department of Geography blog pages! Refer to these pages to stay abreast of past, present and planned activities within our Department. For more detailed information concerning our history, degree programs and faculty, please visit the NIU Department of Geography website.
Our undergraduate programs include B.A. and B.S. degrees in geography as well as a B.S. degree in meteorology. The B.A. and B.S. degrees in geography offer students opportunities to develop greater spatial understandings of a variety of social and environmental phenomena. And with the proper selection of elective courses, students can meet federal civil service qualification standards and/or earn certificates in GIS or Homeland Security.
The Department's B.S. degree in meteorology was the first atmospheric science degree program offered by a public university in the State of Illinois and is one of the largest programs in North America. More information about this program can be found at the NIU meteorology webpage and the NIU meteorology blog.
For individuals seeking graduate education, the Department offers a Master of Science degree program with specialization in natural environmental systems, urban/economic geography, or geographic information science. The mission of the M.S. in Geography is to provide a quality graduate education that prepares students to contribute to society in roles as scientists, analysts, managers, and educators. We are also in the final stages of developing a Ph.D. program in Geography which is anticipated to begin fall of 2009.
Producing meaningful academic work requires a knowledge of literature in one's field of research. Below is a list of peer-reviewed articles recently published in journals that are of interest to NIU Geography faculty and students.
Annals of the Association of American Geographers: Articles recently published in