In the Geography program you will learn how to apply methods such as observation, visualization, analysis and modeling to explain the spatial relationships between people and their physical environments.
Because the field of geography is constantly evolving with the use of new technology, you will learn how to use tools such as Google Earth, satellite image processing, computer mapping, global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS).
As a Geography major, you will choose to concentrate in one of four areas:
- Standard concentration
- Nature-Society Studies
- Urban Development and Planning
The Geography program curriculum includes the following courses:
- Cities and the environment
- Earth's cultural landscape
- Earth's physical landscape
- Global resources
- Green infrastructure
- Remote sensing
- Urban geography
- Weather and climate
You will have opportunities to conduct research, do internships and participate in one of DePaul's Study Abroad programs.
The Geography program also offers certification in GIS, for which you are required to complete five courses that focus on cartography and GIS.
Many Geography students pursue graduate degrees in geography, urban planning, urban studies, international relations or other social sciences.
We also offer a combined bachelor’s in Geography/master’s in Secondary Education Social Sciences degree, which allows you to complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in five years.