Majors & Minors
The Department of Geography, Environment, and Society (GES) offers three major programs: a BA in biology, society, & environment, a BA and a BS in geography, and a BA and a BS in urban studies. We also offer minors in geography, urban studies, geographic information science (GIS), and public health that complement many majors.
These programs may be structured within a variety of teaching/research areas or may be designed individually in consultation with a faculty advisor. We prepare students for careers in academia, industry, government, and non-profit sectors. Our top-ranked department provides a setting for undergraduate study in one of the nation's outstanding public land-grant research universities, located at the heart of one of America's most attractive and vital metropolitan areas.
Receive comprehensive training in biology combined with an in-depth examination of the relevance of biology to social and environmental problems.
Focus on the integrated study of our globalizing world, as made by human and non-human forces alike.
Study cities from the very center of the largest metropolitan region in the entire Upper Midwest.
Develop an in-depth understanding of spatial analysis and the art of digital map-making
Improve your understanding about how local, regional, national, and international issues shape knowledge systems and social practices around health and well-being.