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 225: Digital Cartography and GPS
  • GEO 230: Remote Sensing
  • GEO 260: Environmental Conservation
  • GEO 301: Regional Geography of the United States
  • GEO 365: Biogeography
  • GEO 385: Field Study (Biogeography of the Sonoran Desert)
  • GEO 404: Advanced Geomorphology.
  • GEO 415: Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • GEO 430: Advanced Remote Sensing
  • GEO 466: Profession of Geography
  • GEO 486: Internship in Geography
  • GEO 492: Research in Geography
  • GEO 495: Independent Study

Research in geography topics might 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
  • Biogeography of the Sonoran Desert
  • Hawaii Volcanoes
  • Glaciers of Alaska

Internship opportunities available at:

  • national parks and monuments
  • GIS and cartography firms
  • environmental organizations
  • 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.