EEGS Student taking in a northwest view of Lake Superior As an EEGS major at NMU, the world is your classroom. You’ll have the opportunity to discover your world from a variety of perspectives–whether it’s using geographic information systems to map the local area, observing weather and climate on the shore of Lake Superior or experiencing eco-tourism in Costa Rica. Unlike many universities where part-time faculty members or graduate students teach lower-division courses, full-time faculty members teach all of our classes. Since our class sizes are typically small (ranging from 20-40 students for courses above the 100 level), dedicated professors and faculty members will give you personalized attention.


The Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department offers six academic programs, so you can take your academic interests in several directions. Also, many of our programs are interdisciplinary and include partnerships with departments, such as biology, chemistry, political science and education. Learn more about our majors and minors.

Get Involved

As many of our current students will probably tell you, the best thing about being an EEGS major is the field work. You might go on a camping trip to the Keweenaw Peninsula to study geologic formations. Perhaps you’d like to study abroad. Our professors have led field trips to Scotland, Sweden, and Brazil–exposing students to the geography of other countries.

Have a Little Fun

Joining a student club or organization is a great way to meet people who share the same interests while also benefiting the community. Volunteer at the NMU Hoop House to grow food on campus that may be eaten in the dining hall.

Life After NMU

These are just a few of the geography-related careers listed by the American Association of Geographers:

  • cartographer
  • climatologist
  • computer mapping specialist
  • ecologist
  • environmental scientist
  • geologist
  • GIS analyst
  • land surveyor
  • natural historian
  • remote sensing specialist
  • teacher
  • water resource specialist