Why Study Geography?

Geographers track the spread of disease, sprawling cities, disappearing icecaps, changing food trends, and the paths of hurricanes. All phenomena — human and natural — have a geographic signature, a characteristic pattern of location and mobility that can be mapped and understood.

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Learn how geographers explore the world. Do you want to seek out new places? Do you care for the environment? Do you want to make maps? You may be a modern-day explorer and geography is your home.

You will use advanced technologies like drones, satellite remote sensing, geographic information apps, and the global positioning system to understand a changing world. GIS — Geographic Information Science — gives you a fresh perspective on global problems. Our spatial perspective leads to creative solutions.

Our department offers:

Geography Major
Geography Minor
Undergraduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science
Master of Science in Geographic Information Science
Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science

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What Geography and GIS Did for Me?

“Studying Geography and GIS has provided me with a strong base for further environmental studies and an understanding needed to analyze how changes in state and federal laws affect the people and environment of Indiana. Having GIS skills has made me a person my supervisors and agency go to for spatial analysis of water related data and allows me to stand out.”

Heather works as a Special Projects Coordinator in the Office of Water Quality for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

– Heather Parsons ‘04 B.A. Geography

Job Opportunities

With a degree in geography, you can find careers with private environmental and planning firms, as well as consultancies. You can also work in government areas concerned with conservation, planning, housing, transport, international aid or hydrology. You have many options and opportunities.

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Contact Owen J. Dwyer, III, Chair, Department of Geography