About Us

GC370 Geomorphology class on the top of Mt. Mesnard (Fall 2010) Welcome to Northern Michigan University’s Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geographical Sciences.  We encourage you to browse our Web pages to learn about our curriculum, faculty and staff, student organizations, and recent activities. 

Our department's name reflects our foundation in geography as the study of earth as the home of humans.  Teaching and research in our department emphasize physical and biological aspects of the environment and how people interact with the natural world. 

 Contemporary issues that we explore include environmental change, natural hazards, sustainable development, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, resource management, and globalization.  To make sense of the patterns and processes on earth we conduct field-based studies and also use high-tech tools to collect and analyze data.  Geographic information systems, remote sensing, and global positioning systems help us create maps and interpret spatial patterns to answer questions and solve problems.