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Department of Geography

Welcome to the SIUE Department of Geography!

Founded in 1957, the Department of Geography at SIUE offers an undergraduate major and minor in Geography and a master's degree in Geographical Studies. The department offers a variety of courses in human, physical, and regional geography, as well as geospatial techniques. Our faculty conduct research on a wide variety of topics at the local, regional and global scale. Students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels have the opportunity to work closely with faculty on current, groundbreaking projects or gain experience through internships. Our students are prepared for careers in a wide range of fields. For example, recent graduates have taken positions as park rangers, urban planners, retail location analysts, resource managers, climate scientists, and geospatial analysts. Wherever you want to go, a degree in Geography from SIUE can take you there.


Guisel Marmolejo, B.S.


Matt Lesiecki, B.S.


Stacey Brown Amilian, Ph.D.

Guisel Lesiecki Brown

Guisel is a graduate student and earned her Bachelor’s in Geography with a minor in GIS during the Spring of 2018. She is a member of Gamma Theta Upsilon and the Geography Club. She serves in the Illinois Army National Guard as an Aviation Officer and is also an Aeronautical Analyst intern at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in St. Louis. Read more about Guisel here.

Matt graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and an Area of Specialization in Biogeography.  He works as a Hydrologic Technician for the U.S. Forest Service at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Moscow, Idaho. Read more about Matt and other alumni here.

Dr. Brown is interested in understanding the role the built environment plays on health. This is accomplished using Census data and health data within the GIS framework. She is interested in the impact that pollution has on respiratory health and how diabetes is influenced by options for physical activity. She teaches a variety of courses including Introduction to Geography, Cartography, and Medical Geography. Read more about Dr. Brown here.

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