All of Valpo’s geography majors combine dynamic classroom instruction with field and professional experience to prepare students for a wide variety of careers. The program emphasizes practical experience through field trips, field courses, internships, and opportunities to work with faculty on original research.

  • The B.A. degree integrates approaches from the social sciences and humanities with the natural sciences and technical skills. Students may choose to focus their studies by pursuing one of four concentrations.
  • The B.S. degree focuses on the interplay between the earth and atmospheric sciences through field techniques, data and spatial analysis, cartographic skills, and research tools.

In the Field

In field courses, students use the environment as their classroom: they may learn about glacial processes while hiking on a glacier in Alaska or about natural hazards by visiting volcanoes in Hawaii. Nearby sites include Indiana Dunes National Park, where physical-geography students learn about dune formation and biodiversity, and the nearby city of Chicago, a rich resource for students of urban geography and planning.

Bachelor’s Degree Progams

The 30-credit B.A. in geography prepares students to think spatially and to analyze social, economic, political, and historical aspects of global, regional, and local spaces. Four concentrations are available.
Degree Requirements »
The 47-credit B.A. in geography education, along with a complementary major in secondary education, prepares students to teach high school social studies. Degree Requirements »
The 36-credit B.S. in geography offers state-of-the-art skills in field observations, data and spatial analysis, cartography, and scientific research. Degree Requirements »

Related Programs

Interdisciplinary Majors

Geography and meteorology faculty and courses play important roles in several interdisciplinary programs at Valpo. The department is represented in these programs

  • American Studies
  • Chinese and Japanese Studies
  • Environmental Science
  • Urban Studies