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Geography & Geographic Information Science

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What is Geography & Geographic Information Science?

This major combines physical science, social science, and geospatial technology in the study of people, places, and the environment. As a Geography and Geographic Information Science student, you’ll learn how to analyze spatial processes, synthesize physical and social science, and understand global and local perspectives on place and space. You can choose from four concentrations: General Geography, Geographic Information Science, Human Geography, and Physical Geography. General Geography focuses on humans and their relationship with the earth. Geographic Information Science uses digital geographic information to address and manage the 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 all of its climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water.

Career Options

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

Post-Graduation Success1

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Sample employer destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, The PrivateBank, Spatial Data Integrations

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of British Columbia, University of California, Berkeley

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

28 - 31 ACT Score

1320 - 1440 SAT Score

3.38 - 3.93 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,036
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $31,390

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,178
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $48,872

International

  • Tuition: $31,552
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $51,246

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