Geography & Meteorology


The Department of Geography & Meteorology at Valparaiso University offers majors in geography, meteorology, and geography education. Minors in geography, meteorology, and geographic information systems (GIS) provide value to any major.

All the department’s programs share a commitment to rigorous classroom and laboratory instruction and to hands-on learning through extensive field experience and internships. Students can forecast storms in the high plains from Texas to Montana, hike historical trails through the mountains of Yellowstone, analyze soil samples taken in nearby fields, or survey the Lake Michigan dune system from the Indiana Dunes National Park.

Prospective meteorologists and geographers please schedule a visit to the department!  Admissions will set you up with a full tour and visit with a professor.  Just in case you haven’t been scheduled to meet with a professor, please contact the department chair Professor Teresa Bals-Elsholz.

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Geography in Real Life

Located in Valparaiso, Indiana near the southern tip of Lake Michigan, Valpo’s geography and meteorology programs feature field experiences which range from Saturday trips to Chicago for urban studies or local fields and streams to gather soil and water samples for analysis, to summer field classes to the Pueblos of the desert Southwest or convective field studies to forecast and analyze storms in the High Plains.