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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. 

The fifth annual Anderton's Earth Week was April 15–19, 2019. Students in NMU's Eta Chi chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon International Geographical Honors Society compiled a list of myriad events that were free and open to the public. A detailed description of each event is listed here.

Join the NMU Hoop House Student Organization and grow food locally! 

Career excellence

The potential job growth of most EEGS disciplines exceeds national averages. These include a projected 10 to 20 percent increase in the need for geographic information systems professionals. For more information visit bls.gov/ooh.


Click here for details on a field assistant position to help study how canopy gaps, deer, and earthworms interact to affect the dynamics of maples forests in northern Wisconsin. The position starts in late July for one month.

Volunteer at the NMU Hoop House to grow fresh produce right on campus. Sample local greens and herbs at NMUEarn your bachelorKeep 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 Brazil, Scotland 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 the Outdoor Learning Area on campus, develop GIS maps to help local groups with planning, or apply what you learned in an environmental impacts course by volunteering with a community organization. At home or abroad, you’ll learn how to use research methods, assessment techniques and management strategies to address environmental and human challenges.

Earth, Environmental & Geographical Sciences Departmenteegs@nmu.edu906-227-2500 https://www.facebook.com/NMUEEGS/

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