Geography and Geographic Information Science

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences


What is Geography and Geographic Information Science?

This major combines physical and social science and technology in the study of people, places, and the environment. You’ll learn how to analyze spatial processes, or why things vary from place to place. You will learn how to combine physical and social science, and understand global and local perspectives on places and space. You can choose from four concentrations:

  • General Geography
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Human Geography
  • Physical Geography

General Geography focuses on humans and their relationship with the earth. Geographic Information Science addresses relationships between businesses, humans, and the environment. Human geography specializes in the study of how humans affect modern geography. Physical Geography concentrates on the earth itself in its climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water.

Career Options

  • Business
  • Education
  • Environmental protection
  • Geology
  • Geospatial technology
  • Government
  • Nonprofit work

Post-Graduation Success1

91% employed or continuing education

68% employed after graduation

23% attending graduate school

$52,326 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: E.ON, Espresso Royale, Les Poeta Claudio Rodriguez View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, University of British Columbia View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

100% first-year retention rate

72% four-year graduation rate

85% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,712
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $35,862


  • Tuition: $31,832
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $55,322


  • Tuition: $34,280
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $57,770