Contact Information

Address:  3001 Weston Hall
Phone:  906-227-2500
Fax:  906-227-1621
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Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences at NMU

The Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department offers a variety of programs in earth science, geomatics, environmental science and environmental studies and sustainability, along with a certificate program in geographic information systems (GIS). The department is committed to excellence in teaching and preparing students for professional careers in education, governmental service, the private sector and graduate study.

Geographical science is an integrative discipline. Students, whether interested in its human or physical aspects, must have a basic understanding of the scope of the discipline and its methodologies. The department’s core curriculum consists of courses in human and physical geography, methods courses and a capstone course that integrates the human and physical aspects of the environment.

Earth, environmental and geographical sciences majors have the opportunity to gain practical work experience through internships with local governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and the private sector.

Student Organizations

  • Gamma Theta Upsilon Honor Society
  • NMU Hoop House
  • Rock and Mineral Club

Department Facilities

  • GIS and Remote Sensing Lab
  • Longyear Forest
  • NMU Hoop House
  • Outdoor learning Area

Department Program Policies

As a requirement for graduation, all earth, environmental and geographical sciences department majors must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.25 for all courses constituting the major curriculum.

Students majoring in programs in the department must also:

  1. Successfully complete EN 211 before taking 300-level courses or above in the major;
  2. Satisfy the prerequisites for each major course enrolled in as described in this bulletin. 

Note: Petition for exception to any of the program policies must be made in writing and submitted to the department head. The petition must include reasons why an exception should be made and provide documentation of those reasons, if applicable.


Bulletin Year: 2023 - 2024 Undergraduate Bulletin