Why Study Geography & GIS @Illinois?

“The power and beauty of geography allow us to see, understand, and appreciate the web of relationships between people, places and environments.”

Background Information

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) is among the nation’s most distinguished teaching and research institutions, home to the second largest academic library in the United States and the largest map collection among the public universities.

A national leader in the field of computer design and applications, the Urbana-Champaign campus also houses the National Center for Supercomputing Applications and Blue Waters, a sustained-petaflop supercomputer. The campus serves approximately 43,000 students, about 10,000 of whom are engaged in graduate work in more than 100 fields of study. An internationally recognized graduate faculty of approximately 3,000 members works closely with undergraduate and graduate students in their respective fields.

The Department of Geography & Geographic Information Science has a long distinguished history of world-class scholarship. For more than fifty years, the Department of Geography has been consistently ranked as one of the nation's top geography departments for its quality of research and instruction. Our vibrant and diverse department is organized around four major core programs: Cities and Metropolitan Areas; Geographic Information Science; River, Watershed, and Landscape Dynamics; and Society, Space, and Environments.

The Department of Geography and Geographic Information Science (GGIS) at UIUC is home to an undergraduate major, an undergraduate minor, as well as three graduate programs: Master's (MA/MS) in Geography, a Professional Science Master's, and a Ph.D. in Geography. The Ph.D. also includes an accelerated degree option

Research Facilities

The CyberGIS Center for Advanced Digital and Spatial Studies is internationally renowned for research and education in geographic information science and technologies (GIST). Its mission is to empower advanced digital and spatial studies through innovation of cyberGIS technologies and applications. Founded and directed by Professor Shaowen Wang, and housed in the Natural History Building, the Center addresses diverse GIST challenges and opportunities centered on computation-, data-, and/or collaboration-intensive geospatial discovery and innovation.