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.
Students may earn B.A. or B.S. degrees in Geography. Students develop and exercise critical thinking, writing, and quantitative skills. The major curriculum provides a balance between traditional liberal arts and technical and analytical skills. Technical skills in cartography and GIS are especially popular among our students.Learn more about the Geography major
Students may earn a B.S. in Geography Education. Students will become certified to teach all high school social science courses (world and U.S. history, government and politics, sociology, economics, and psychology), including AP and honors geography, and are encouraged to complete the middle school endorsement to teach in middle and junior high schools as well.Learn more about the Geography Education major
A minor in Geography provides a strong preparation for a diverse range of careers and is also an effective preparation for a range of professional schools. Geographers also have a number of specific technical and analytical skills that prepare them well for certain tasks.Learn more about the Geography minor
The minor in Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary and multi-departmental sponsored program that is available to students in any undergraduate major. The mission of the Environmental Studies Minor Program is to increase awareness of the interrelationships that exist between humans and the physical environment.Learn more about the Environmental Studies minor
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.Learn more about the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate
This undergraduate certificate provides students the opportunity to take more of the advanced Geography courses and to choose an internship with a strong spatial focus (mapping, GIS, GPS, planning, field work, etc.).Learn more about the Applied Spatial Analysis Certificate
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.
Natural Resource Managers
Mapping Technicians and Cartographers
Geographic Information Analysts
Urban and regional planners
Environmental Analysts and Consultants
Humanitarian Aid Officer
“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