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Department of Geography and Geographic Information Sciences


Welcome to the Department of Geography & Geographic Information Sciences!

SIUE was founded in 1957, and Geography has been an academic discipline here from the outset. Geography at SIUE offers an undergraduate major and minor in Geography and a master's degree in Geography. 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.




50th Anniversary Celebrations


Please watch this space for updates!


Brett Bertok has joined the newly formed Graduate School, Student Advisory Committee.
The committee is comprised of graduate students from both SIUE and SIUC; they are advisory to the system President.



Summer Wolfe


Ryan Schwarzkopf, B.S.


Alan W. Black, Ph.D.

Summer Ryan Black

Summer is an undergraduate student with a major in Geography and a minor in GIS. She loves science and conservation and her favorite class so far has been a coding course focused on Python. Summer is Geography Club secretary and member of Gamma Theta Upsilon the geography honor society. She participated in a Women in GIS summit, had a GIS internship with the Army Corp of Engineers, and now has  a job as a GIS Analyst at Horner & Shifrin. Read more about Summer here.

Ryan graduated in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography with a Minor in GIS. He works as a Geographer for the United States Army Corp of Engineers in St. Louis, Missouri. He began working for them as a GIS Intern during his Junior year. He credits this internship and knowledgeable Department of Geography Faculty with his success. Read more about Ryan and other alumni here.

Dr. Black has many research interests in the areas of atmospheric hazards, extreme events, and applied climatology. His recent research has examined the influence of weather on transportation, the climatology of various types of windstorms and the travel of their debris, extreme precipitation events, and climate change impacts. Read more about Dr. Black here.

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