Valparaiso University - Department of Geography and Meteorology

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Located in Valparaiso, Indiana near the southern tip of Lake Michigan, our department at VU is home to the interrelated disciplines of Geography, Meteorology, and Geoscience. We are also home to Geology, American Indian Studies, and participate in the Urban Studies program. Our students receive rigorous instruction in the classroom, participate in exciting student organizations, and gain hands-on experience through field experiences and internships. Students might find themselves chasing down a storm in the corn fields of Iowa, hiking up a mountain in Yellowstone, or looking out on Lake Michigan from the top of a dune in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

The Department of Geography and Meteorology, founded at Valparaiso University in 1931, offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in geography. About 30 students major in geography each year, while another 15 minor in the discipline. This makes for ideal class sizes and allows for close interaction between students and faculty. 

The Valparaiso University-Indiana University Northwest Geography and Geology Association (VIGGA) Major in Geology. The purpose of this association is to provide educational opportunities at the undergraduate level in the geological and geographical sciences to the students enrolled at Valparaiso University and Indiana University Northwest, Gary.  Completion of the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in Geology leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. 

Source: Department Website July 2010

Additional Info

  • Department Name: Department of Geography and Meteorology
  • Disciplines and Research Areas: Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Climatology and Meteorology, Geology
  • Degrees: BA, BS
  • State: Indiana
  • City: Valparaiso
  • Phone: (219) 464-5140