Degree Programs in Geography
All of Valpo’s geography majors combine dynamic classroom instruction with field and professional experience to introduce students to 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 foundational courses prepare geographers to reach their fullest potential.
- 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 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.