The interdisciplinary nature of the geography and meteorology department, along with its welcoming and collegial faculty, gives students special insight into the interplay among natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

The Valparaiso University Department of Geography and Meteorology is home to the interrelated disciplines of geography and meteorology. The department also offers programs in American Indian studies and geographic information systems (GIS); in conjunction with nearby Indiana University Northwest, the department offers a major in geology.

The department’s programs make use of superb facilities and share a commitment to rigorous classroom instruction, mastery of technical skills, and extensive field work.

Academic Programs

  • The geography B.A. and minor combine study of human, environmental, and physical geography with skills in geospatial technology
  • The B.A. in geography education prepares students to teach social studies at the highschool level
  • The B.S. in geography focuses on the physical structure of the Earth through geospatial technology

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The meteorology program offers a B.S. degree in atmospheric science, a discipline that draws heavily on the fields of mathematics, physics, computer science, and chemistry.

Meteorology »

The Valparaiso University-Indiana University Northwest Geography and Geology Association (VIGGA) geology major provides a general background in the field of geology through courses and fieldwork opportunities offered by both institutions.

VIGGA Geology Program »

The geographic information systems minor offers instruction in the use of computers to map and analyze multiple layers of spatial data.

GIS Minor »

The American Indian Studies minor focuses on historical geography, anthropology, and contemporary challenges of a wide range of tribal groups.

American Indian Studies »

Superb Facilities
Superb Facilities
Our students have immediate access to the tools and technologies used by professionals in their chosen fields.
Departmental Statement on Diversity

The Department of Geography and Meteorology at Valparaiso University is committed to principles of diversity and fully supports the univerity's statement on equal opportunity. We seek to provide equal access to educational opportunities for all students. We are committed to fostering a welcoming departmental environment in which faculty, staff, and students have opportunities to learn about the value of diversity and practice respect for individual differences. The department invites and encourages students of all backgrounds to take our classes and consider majoring in our programs.