Geography pre-major - Southwestern Illinois College

Geography is the study of pattern and place on the earth’s surface, that is, how the earth’s surface is organized and used, and how its natural and cultural landscapes fuse into the powerful context of place. In Southwestern Illinois College’s geography courses, students explore the processes that give rise to geographic patterns, examine the spatial outcomes of environmental and social forces, and learn to use state-of-the-art mapping software to display and analyze the world around us.


Geography majors and minors find work in the following areas:

  • Resource Management
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Other Fields in Business, Education, Government and Industry


For information on the Geography program, contact Prof. Jeff Arnold at 618-235-2700, ext. 5412 or For more information on becoming a student at Southwestern Illinois College, please fill out the contact form.