Undergraduate | Geography and Environmental Resources | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Major in Geography and Environmental Resources

Geography and Environmental Resources focuses on the interaction between humans and the environment and is therefore both a social science and a physical science.  The tools used by geographers are diverse and include both qualitative and quantitative methods. Geographic technologies (such as global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS)) have emerged as important tools for understanding a range of complex environmental and geographic problems. 

 Students in our programs receive broad training designed to improve understanding of human impact on the environment as well as impacts of environmental change on society.  We offer a Bachelor of Science degree with specialization in (choose one):

  • Environmental Sustainability is intended for students seeking a broad background in social and environmental science that focuses on responsible use of natural resources.
  • Geographic Information Science is intended for students who are interested in applying computational tools to geographic and environmental problems. 
  • Climate and Water Resources is intended for students interested in climate science, hydrology, geomorphology, and surface water resources.

We also offer undergraduate minors in Geography and Environmental Resources, GIS, and Sustainability and administer the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Minor.