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VU Department of Geography and Meteorology
Geography for Biology Majors

A minor or second major in geography will enhance your employment potential by equipping you with skills in biogeography, geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, and remote sensing. These computer courses provide students with expertise in a nationally recognized "Top 20" growth industry, and paid internship opportunities are common.

  • A minor in geography consists of a minimun of 16 credit hours, including at least one 100-level course, one 200-level course, and two 300-level or higher courses. (Note: A minor in geography alone does not satisfy the major field requirements for the B.S. degree in biology.)

  • A major in geography consists of a minimum of 30 credit hours, including at least two 100-level courses, two 200-level courses, and four 300-level or higher courses.

Recommended Courses:

  • GEO 104: Geomorphology

  • GEO 204: National Parks

  • GEO 215: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

  • GEO 220: Cartography

  • GEO 230: Remote Sensing

  • GEO 260: Environmental Conservation

  • GEO 301: Regional Geography of the United States

  • GEO 361: Research Design

  • GEO 385: Field Study

  • GEO 415: Advanced Geographic Information Systems

  • GEO 466: Profession of Geography

  • GEO 486: Internship in Geography

  • GEO 490: Selected Topics in Geography (Biogeography)

  • GEO 490: Selected Topics in Geography (Advanced Cartography)

  • GEO 495: Independent Study

Research Design topics include:

  • Human Environmental Impacts on Northwest Indiana

  • Environmental Management in the Indiana Dunes Ecosystem

Field Study locations include:

  • Yellowstone National Park and the Oregon Trail

  • National Parks of Arizona

  • Karst Landscape of the Ohio Valley, including Mammoth Cave National Park

Internship opportunities available at:

  • national parks and monuments

  • GIS and cartography firms

  • environmental planning firms

  • American Indian Reservations

For information on careers in geography and on internships, visit the home page of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) and follow the Careers link.

  If you have any questions about adding geography as a minor or second major please contact Prof. Jon T. Kilpinen.


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