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.

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Biology, Society, & Environment (BA)

Receive comprehensive training in biology combined with an in-depth examination of the relevance of biology to social and environmental problems.


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Geography (BA, BS, minor)

Focus on the integrated study of our globalizing world, as made by human and non-human forces alike.


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Urban Studies (BA, BS, minor)

Study cities from the very center of the largest metropolitan region in the entire Upper Midwest.


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Geographic Information Science (minor)

Develop an in-depth understanding of spatial analysis and the art of digital map-making


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Public Health (minor)

Improve your understanding about how local, regional, national, and international issues shape knowledge systems and social practices around health and well-being.