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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.


Dr. Stacey Brown Amilian received the 2023
Illinois Geographical Society’s Distinguished Geographer Award.
Wade Filges was also recognized as 
an Illinois Geographical Society Award Winner - 
Four-Year College Outstanding Senior Geographer

Our Gamma Lambda chapter of GTU received a

2021 Outstanding Chapter Award!

2022 Outstanding Chapter Award!




Our Honor's Day 2023 Awardees


Dr. Martinez named LANDiNG fellow.    SIUE Press Release

Samantha Gallatin - Lincoln Laureate!    Visit the Lincoln Academy Website and see a picture in our photo gallery

GeoMARC (formerly LASA).  SIUE Press Release  



Alyssa Hoog


Ryan Schwarzkopf, B.S.


Tianyu Li, Ph.D.

Summer Ryan McCarragher

Alyssa graduated from St. Louis Community College in 2003 with an associate degree in Commercial/Portrait Photography. She then graduated summa cum laude from SIUE in Fall 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Geography with a minor in Environmental Science. Currently she is a graduate assistant and is also the Treasurer of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) - Gamma Lambda Chapter and a Student Outreach Assistant for GTU - West Lakes Division. Alyssa would like to attain her doctoral degree and teach at the university level. Read more about Alyssa 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. Li joined the Department in August 2022. His main research interests are in the fields of geospatial sciences, remote sensing, and data science. He employs spatial concepts through a variety of tools including spatiotemporal analytics, digital image processing, machine learning, geographic information system (GIS), statistics, and natural language processing to study desertification, geothermal resources, urban heat islands, landscape dynamics, and human-environment systems. Read more about Dr. Li here.

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