Department of Geography

The science of place and space

If you are new to geography, then you might be surprised at what, and how much we do. Geographers utilize high-tech tools to discover and explain spatial patterns in the natural and human worlds. We are active in the study of global warming, natural hazards, globalization, homeland security, rural and economic development, disease outbreaks and much more.

We still make maps, of course; but these days you aren't likely to see a geographer hunched over a drafting table. We use space-based technology and cutting-edge computer technology to create digital maps and interactive representations of the Earth and people.

Why Geography?


Agents of Environmental Change

Rooted in Technology


Critical Thinking

Marketable Skills


Explore the World

Career Focused

Why UNI?

UNI's Department of Geography traces its history since 1894

UNI offers the only BS degree in GIS in the state of Iowa

Most research-oriented Masters Program among regional peers

$1,000,000-2,000,000 in external research funding annually

Most graduates publish and/or present at conferences

Home of the 2nd most senior (Beta) chapter of the Gamma Theta Upsilon

“Geographer” was rated a top ten job in science by 
U.S. News and World Report with a median salary of $85,430.

A World of Possibilities

Do you want to make your mark on the world?