Geography, Geology, and the Environment is a vibrant Department that houses major programs in Geography, Geology, Environmental Systems Science and Sustainability (ESSS), and Hydrogeology. We also have a long-standing history in training teachers through the Geography Teacher Social Science Education and Earth and Space Science Education Programs.
Our students learn alongside award-winning faculty. Our programs offer hands-on and field training opportunities in and outside of the classroom. We boast a strong emphasis on offering individualized attention and ample opportunity for our students to participate in faculty-led research. Many geology and all geography and ESSS undergraduates complete an internship program before graduation. We place a strong emphasis on study abroad and offer our own Geology Field Camp program. We strive to achieve these goals while minimizing the financial burden on our students. Our accomplishments are many. In 2016 Geography received an honorable mention as an Undergraduate Program of Excellence by the Association of American Geographers, and in 2017 our Geology Field Camp Program garnered a national award for its excellence by the Geological Society of America and Exxon Mobil. In 2019 we launched a new interdisciplinary undergraduate science program in Environmental Systems, ESSS.
To continue rising to new heights of distinction we must rely on generous gifts from donors like you! Your support has the power to help ensure that the quality of our curricula continue to propel us upward as we educate tomorrow’s leaders, scientists, educators, and globally aware and socially engaged citizens. State your destination by joining us on this exciting journey and supporting our programs in one (or more) of these areas:
- student travel to field sites and off-campus field excursions
- study abroad programs
- geology Field Camp program
- faculty-led student undergraduate research
- student professional conference travel
- student scholarships
The list below provides a complete description of opportunities in the above areas, for each of our academic programs.
Geography Excellence Fund: The Geography Excellence Fund supports the activities, programs, students and faculty in the Geography Program, GEOMAP, and the Illinois Geographic Alliance at Illinois State University. Gifts help enhance the quality of the Geography Program and ensure that its teaching and research facilities, scientific instrumentation, and laboratories, remain up to date.
Powell Fund: Illinois State University's first geologist was John Wesley Powell, the famous scientist-explorer who led the first expedition through the Grand Canyon and became the second director of the U.S. Geological Survey. The Powell Fund was established in 1980 and provides support for geology students, faculty, and programs, with emphasis on initiatives related to field experiences, student and faculty research and travel, and field camp.
Environmental Science Funds:
Geography, Geology and Environment Department Fund: The Geography, Geology, and the Environment department houses the Geography and Geology Programs. The Geography Program at Illinois State is one of two or three oldest in the country and was one of the first programs established on the Illinois State campus. The Geology program was established in 1969. The purpose of the Geography, Geology and Environment department fund is to support program development and operations.