Irkutsk State University

Faculty of Geography

Address: 126 Lermontov St, Irkutsk
Contacts: тел. +7 (3952) 42-56-84
Website: www.geogr.isu.ru
E-mail: dean@geogr.isu.ru

As an independent division, the Faculty of Geography has been in existence since 1949, but geography as a subject has been taught since the founding of the Irkutsk State University in

1918. A first in Siberia, the Department of Economic Geography and Statistics was opened in 1920 with the first graduating class in 1936.

In the 90s, in order to resolve scientific and practical problems of natural resource exploration

successfully, new engineering staff - hydrologists and meteorologists - were required. At that time, the departments of Meteorology and Hydrology were created.

In 1995, the Faculty was licensed to open the specialties of “Environmental Management” and “Geo-ecology”.

Throughout the entire history of the faculty, over 7 thousand students have received their education in geography, hydrology, meteorology and environmental management. Now they work in the bodies of the Russian Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental monitoring, academic and project institutes, schools, universities, tourist agencies, cartographic factories and the AGP. The graduates work in many regions in Russia, countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, and overseas.

17 professors and doctors of science, 30 associate professors and Ph.D. holders work at the faculty.

The faculty maintains close and long-term relations with the Research Institutes of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (V.B. Sochava Institute of Geography, Limnological Institute, Institute of Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Institute of the Earth’s Crust among others).

There is a laboratory of information-technical support, educational weather bureau, and an interuniversity laboratory for environmental studies.

Students have internships in two practice centers in Bolshie Koty (Baikal) and Arshan (Tunka valley).

Departments:

  • Economical and Social Geography;
  • Physical Geography and Geo-ecology;
  • Meteorology and Atmosphere Protection;
  • Water Resource Protection;
  • Cartography and Geo-informatics.

COURSES OF STUDY

BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAM

Full-time study

Period of study - 4 years

 

Speciality

Specialization

Geography

General Geography

Hydrometeorology

Hydrology; Meteorology

Environmental Management

Environmental Management

 

MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM

Full-time study

Period of study – 2 years

 

Speciality

Specialization

Geography

General Geography

Hydrometeorology

Hydrology; Meteorology

Environmental Management

Environmental Management

 

RESEARCH

Modeling of mesoscale processes in atmosphere and hydrosphere for solving diagnostic and prognostic tasks of Geoecology and Environmental Management;

Geographical assessment of river basins and aquatic landscapes of the Baikal natural territory based on experimental researching, remote sensing, GIS technology, methods of landscape planning and modeling of hydrological processes;

Modeling of diffusion and transfer of anthropogenic contamination in the Baikal region;

Mathematical modeling of dimensional diffusion of contaminants in atmosphere and hydrosphere of Mongolia;

Transformation of landscapes within the Baikal drainage basin applying data of satellite remote sensing.