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Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences

Students in our department learn to interpret patterns and processes within nature and society. We seek to understand how the world’s natural systems operate and how humans have affected the environment. Our interdisciplinary environmental majors focus on how to use natural resources while also protecting them, and restoring the environment where necessary. EEGS courses engage students in a host of contemporary issues, including environmental change, earth hazards and sustainability. Through field work, internship opportunities and mentoring by faculty, EEGS students gain experience that prepares them to graduate as critical thinkers and informed citizens capable of addressing challenges facing our planet.

Experience learning

You’ll have the opportunity to discover your world from a variety of perspectives—whether it’s using geographic information systems to map Marquette County, observing weather and climate on the shore of Lake Superior, practicing sustainable agriculture or experiencing the landscapes of Scotland, Brazil or Poland in faculty-led study abroad classes. Dani Molenaar is one of the many students who have been able to apply their classroom knowledge to the different environments around Marquette county. 

Career excellence

The potential job growth of nearly all EEGS disciplines exceeds national averages. These include a projected 20 percent increase in the need for environmental scientists and for geographic information systems professionals.

Members of the EEGS Garden Club and Students for Sustainability are creating a permaculture garden on campus. Classes are welcome to visit the site and students will have many opportunities to volunteer for the project. Keep up to date on news and events in the EEGS Department on the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NMUEEGS">department Facebook page.</a>Each semester, the EEGS department offers an "advising party" at which students come together to mingle with friends, meet with the faculty, and plan for the upcoming semester. <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/geography/advising">Learn more</a>.

Degrees Offered

What you'll do at NMU

You may find yourself on field trips in Latin America, the United Kingdom or Poland. Or you might just head outside your classroom door to examine world-renowned geologic features, such as banded iron formations more than two billion years old and the largest freshwater lake in the world. You might transplant seedlings in a native plants area on campus, develop GIS maps to help local groups with planning or put what you learned in an environmental impacts course into action by volunteering with a community organization. At home or abroad, you’ll learn how to apply research methods, assessment techniques and management strategies to address environmental and human challenges.

Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Departmenteegs@nmu.edu906-227-2500

If you have college credit and want to find out what will transfer to NMU, please visit www.nmu.edu/transfercredit