Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences
Contact Information
Address: 3001 New Science Facility
Phone: 906-227-2500
Fax: 906-227-1621
Web Address:
Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences/EEGS Department Head: Susy Ziegler
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.

Since 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. This is reflected in the department’s core curriculum. It consists of courses in human and physical geography, methods courses and a capstone course that integrates the human and physical aspects of the discipline by focusing on the interactions between humankind and the natural environment.

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

Environmental Science at NMU
This major provides students with an opportunity to gain an understanding of how the physical, biological and social sciences interact with each other in this field of study. The major is designed to prepare students for a variety of professions dealing with both natural and human-made environments as well as graduate study. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the environmental field, it is important for students to be proficient in a range of technical skills such as ecological assessment, chemical analysis and geographic information systems. Students should also be familiar with a broad array of environmental policies and regulations, and possess effective communication skills.
Student Organizations
  • Environmental Science Organization
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon Honor Society
  • Student Michigan Education Association
  • Superior Geography Club
  • Students for Sustainable Living
  • Rock and Mineral Club
Department Facility
  • GIS and Remote Sensing Lab
  • Lake Superior Research Boat
  • Longyear Forest
  • Native Plants Study Area  
Department/Program Policies

As a requirement for graduation, all non-teaching 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. Exceptions must be requested via petition to the department's appeal committee. Students majoring in secondary education earth science, secondary education geography, or minoring in geography education or earth science education must maintain a grade point average of 2.70 or greater with no grade below a “C” in the professional education sequence, the major and/or minors and required cognates combined.

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. The petition must include reasons why an exception should be made and provide documentation of those reasons, if applicable.

Bachelor Degree Programs

Liberal Studies: Complete information on the liberal studies requirements and additional graduation requirements, including the health promotion requirement, is in the “Liberal Studies Program and Graduation Requirements” section of this bulletin.

Courses within each major that can be used to satisfy liberal studies requirements are listed with the Roman numeral (in brackets) that coincides with the liberal studies division the course falls under.

Certificate Program
Minor Programs

Courses within each minor that can be used to satisfy liberal studies requirements are listed with the Roman numeral (in brackets) that coincides with the liberal studies division the course falls under.