Why Study Geography
Illinois State University’s geography program will help you STATE Your Destination, wherever it may be. Your learning will stretch far beyond our classrooms, with required off-campus professional experiences that prepare you for your career. You’ll work side-by-side with your professors, whether it’s on a faraway research expedition or one of several statewide geography initiatives housed on campus.
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Students may earn B.A. or B.S. degrees in Geography. Students develop and exercise critical thinking, writing, and quantitative skills.
Geography Social Science Teacher Education
Students may earn a B.S. in Geography Social Science Teacher Education.
A minor in Geography provides a strong preparation for a diverse range of careers.
A multidisciplinary and multi-departmental sponsored program that is available to students in any undergraduate major.
Learn about urban places primarily from a social science perspective.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate
The GIS Certificate is a rigorous plan of study available to geography undergraduate students who wish to prepare for advanced careers in GIS, cartography, and remote sensing.
Resources For You
Learn how we can help support your academic experience through scholarships and awards.
You have career and academic goals to accomplish. We can help.
Enrich your learning experience through academic, cultural, professional, and community-building opportunities.
Schedule a Visit
Schedule a visit with The Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment and see what our many programs have to offer!
Points of Pride
Illinois State was one of only two schools recognized in 2016 by the American Association of Geographers in its inaugural Award for Program Excellence.
The close-knit geography program boasts a 1-to-10 faculty-student ratio and average upper-level class sizes of less than 20. This gives students opportunities to participate in faculty-led research.
The Illinois Geographic Alliance (IGA), administered through the National Geographic Society, has been headquartered at Illinois State since its founding in 1987.
Careers in Geography
Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment. Geography is unique in linking the social sciences and natural sciences together. See what our geography graduates are up to now and explore what careers await you with our Career Snapshots!
Our graduates become:
Natural Resource Managers
Mapping Technicians and Cartographers
Geographic Information Analysts
Urban and Regional Planners
Environmental Analysts and Consultants
Humanitarian Aid Officer
"I am convinced to this day that the geography capstone internship program was the single most important event in my undergraduate career."
— Rob Kowalski ’91, city planning agency executive
“The education and support I received from Illinois State as a student and the years following have put me on a successful career path in geography that I would not have been able to achieve otherwise.”
— Kristopher Kuzera ’98, now a geography professor in Colorado
Where do our graduates work
- Esri, world-renowned GIS software firm
- Illinois State Geological Survey
- State Farm Insurance
- National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
- Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
- Dow AgroSciences
- Archer Daniels Midland (ADM)
- Integrys Energy Services
- GIS Solutions
- Roadview Inc.
- PAQ Interactive
- Cloudpoint Geographics