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4 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

B.A. in Geography

B.A. in Geography students learn to answer complex questions such as why things are where they are, where they are likely to be in the future, and where they might best be located. These skills are applied at any scale to any issue where space and location play a role. For example, one might determine where to best locate a business or how to predict or manage trade. One might study neighborhood dynamics in a chang­ing economy, or plan for urban growth and change. One might study natural hazards, resource use and distribution, or climate change.

Program Benefits

The B.A. in Geography offers great intellectual breadth by integrating knowledge from many disciplines in the social and natural sciences. At the same time, it focuses sharply on the spatial dimension, leaving geographers best suited to answer complex questions.

Admission requirements

Northeastern Illinois University has adopted a Test Optional admissions policy for undergraduate admissions to the university. Applicants who have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or above will automatically be admitted to the university and not required to submit standardized test scores for admissions. Applicants who score below a 2.5 grade point average are encouraged to submit standardized test scores.

Students with GEDs: If you are 18 years of age, or older, you can be considered for admission upon successful completion of the GED.

Subject requirements for freshmen:

In addition to meeting the Test Optional minimum requirement for admission, freshmen must also have completed the following high school subjects in accordance with the Illinois Board of Higher Education requirements*:

  • 4 years of Language Arts
  • 3 years of Mathematics (1 year must be algebra and 1 year must be a course that includes geometry content)
  • 2 years of Writing (1 year must be an English course and 1 year may be provided as part of any course offered)
  • 2 years of Social Science (must include 1 year of U.S. history or combination of U.S. history and American government and 1 semester of civics)
  • 2 years of Science
  • 1 year of Electives (Includes art, music, foreign language, or vocational education)

*First time freshmen and transfer applicants with fewer than 24 hours of transferable credit, who meet all criteria for admission except high school subject requirements, may be admitted on a provisional basis.

International student requirements:

  • Submit application for admission with a $30 application fee to the Admissions Office. We encourage students to apply online for faster processing.

  • Submit current official copies of transcripts of schools attended within the United States. All transcripts from non U.S. colleges or universities must be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) or World Education Services (WES) sent to the Admissions Office.

  • Arrange to have official TOEFL or IELTS scores sent to the Admissions Office. You must pass the written version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 (masters admission requires 550) or you must pass the computerized version of the TOEFL test with a minimum score of 173 (master admission requires 213) or the internet based test with minimum score of 61 (masters admission requires 79). The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) may be submitted in lieu of TOEFL. An IELTS minimum score of 6 (masters admissions 6.5) is required.

  • Your file will be reviewed for admission decision when the application, fee and all academic documents, such as transcripts and test scores are received. However, an I-20 will not be issued until the Requirements for I-20 Processing have been met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

Major in Geography requirements

Required Courses

  • World Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Writing Intensive Program: Writing in GES
  • GIS Across Disciplines
  • Introduction To GIS

Select one of the following:

  • Political Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Cultural Geography
  • Population Geography
  • Urban Geography

Minor in Geography requirements

  • World Geography

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the website for more information.

Tuition fees

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Students are expected to:

  • apply both a systematic approach and a regional approach to interpret, analyze and organize geographic information at global, regional, and local scales
  • show an understanding of physical geographic systems such as weather, climate, landforms, soils, natural vegetation, and hydrology
  • demonstrate knowledge about how humans shape landscapes, with particular attention to urban, economic and other cultural patterns
  • interpret maps, data and images; to collect geographic data from multiple sources; to make effective maps and to conduct analysis using Geographic Information Systems
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills to interpret, evaluate and predict spatial patterns or phenomena, and to propose solutions to geographic problems at various scales of analysis
  • demonstrate effective skills working individually and within a group for research as well as for oral, written, and graphic presentations

Career opportunities

The B.A. in Geography prepares you for careers such as:

  • City planner
  • Environmental impact analyst
  • Surveyor
  • Transportation analyst
  • Urban regional planner

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Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a public university that is more than 150 years old. It attracts students and faculty from over 100 countries. Its main 67-acre campus is a welcoming oasis located in a safe residential neighborhood on the...

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Northeastern Illinois University

5500 North St. Louis Avenue
60625 Chicago
United States of America

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