major at Valparaiso University is an interdisciplinary Bachelor
of Science curriculum designed for students interested in
the broad interplay between the geographic and atmospheric
sciences through the use of spatial and other analytical tools.
This major integrates dynamic classroom instruction with field
and professional experience to prepare students for a
wide variety of careers.
master the use of sophisticated geotechnology-which the Department
of Labor recently identified as one of the three most important
emerging employment fields in the U.S.-including geographic
information systems (GIS), remote sensing, computer cartography,
and the global positioning system (GPS).
of Geography and Meteorology offers a number of field study
courses, as well as fieldtrips within other courses that Geoscience
majors may take to fulfill major requirements.. In recent
years, geography field courses
have visited Yellowstone National Park and other sites in
Wyoming, the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, the volcanoes of Hawaii's
Big Island, and glaciers in Alaska. In meteorology, we offer
a Great Plains severe weather field study experience following
completion of the Spring semester. Many students complete
more than one of these remarkable field excursions.
program is staffed by an experienced, award-winning faculty
from both geography and meteorology. Faculty members in the
program draw on considerable expertise in severe weather,
climatology, atmospheric modeling, geomorphology, conservation,
computer cartography, GIS, and remote sensing. Our emphasis
is on a blend of both theory and application, resulting in
rigorous but exciting courses with significant hands-on work.
students are eligible for election to both the geography honor
society, Gamma Theta Upsilon, and the meteorology honor society,
Chi Epsilon Pi, based on superior academic performance. Students
can also participate in the Valparaiso Storm Intercept Team
(VUSIT), the local chapter of the National Weather Association,
and the Geography Club, which conducts semesterly hikes and
other recreational activities. Geoscience students can also
attend various lectures, conferences, and fieldtrips offered
through the Department of Geography and Meteorology.