College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Programs

In an era of rapid environmental change and globalization, with issues like climate change driving us to understand how to function more sustainably, the geography major is an important and useful degree. Geography courses form an important component of liberal arts and science education, but also provide the skills and knowledge necessary for careers in geography and related fields.

The undergraduate program reflects the breadth of geography and its linkages to other social and physical sciences. Students can choose either the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Students typically also choose a program concentration area of particular interest where their geography course work is focused. Concentration areas include Climate, Land and Environmental Change (B.A. or B.S.), Food and Agriculture (B.A.), Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (B.A. or B.S.), Globalization, Development and Justice (B.A.), and Water Resources (B.A.). All concentration areas offer the possibility of internships for credit, which are strongly encouraged.

Our students go on to graduate school, or often take positions in the public or private sectors. The Geography Department at IU Bloomington is relatively small, enabling us to get to know our undergraduate students and to work closely with them. In addition to internship possibilities, we offer students opportunities for departmental scholarships, academic performance awards, independent readings, project research, departmental events, and more.