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Department of Geology and Geography

The Department of Geology and Geography establishes strong connections between students and faculty in ways that foster excellence in current and emerging research, teaching, and learning that prepares students for successful professional careers and citizenship.  We teach our students about the Earth, its people, and its processes. By integrating the study of human activity and the natural environment, we encourage our students to ask questions about the world around them.



Besides their teaching responsibilities, Geology faculty are quite active in research and service to their professions and the university as well. They have independently or collaboratively brought in over $50,000 in external contracts and grants. Click here for more information on this program.


Students pursuing a degree in Geography choose from one of two options: Human Geography or Environmental/Physical Geography. Students in both options will be exposed to courses in Geographic Techniques such as field methods, cartography, geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, and others – tools geographers use to analyze complex spatial relationships. Jobs in the field of Geography are anticipated to increase by 30% through 2022, the most of any concentration in the Geosciences, and students participating in our award winning Broadcast Meteorology Minor have a 100% job placement rate. Click here for more information on this program.

Meet our Faculty

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"The Geography Program allows for extensive collaboration with your professors, and every faculty member is willing to go the extra mile to help you succeed in your next step after graduation, whether it be an internship, graduate school, or a career within the field."

Anne Rozek, Geography (2013), Graduate Student at the University of Calgary

“Being in the Geology Program here at EIU means everything to me. Not only am I growing closer to the field of geology and all of the knowledge contained in that field, but also to the faculty and peers with whom I am sharing mutual goals.”

Geno Persico, Geology (2018)

"I've always loved science and weather, but never thought I would make a career out of it until I got to college. I fell into a couple of amazing programs with a great mentor - geographer Cameron Craig - where I was able to start forecasting and presenting the weather on WEIU-TV."

Kevin Jeanes, Broadcast Meteorology (2007), Chief Meteorologist at FOX11 in Tucson, AZ

"Choosing to attend EIU and become a part of the geography department is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Not only are the class sizes small and the faculty extremely helpful in guiding you towards your goals, I also gained the experience needed through hands-on lab and field work to prepare me for the professional world as well as graduate school."

Eric Torgerson, Geography (2015) Graduate Student at University of North Dakota

Contact Information

Department of Geology and Geography

Physical Science Building
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2626

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