Geography and Sustainability (BA, BS)


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The University offers a bachelor of arts (BA) and a bachelor of science (BS) in geography and sustainability that prepares students for careers in areas such as environmental consulting, emergency management planning, climatology, economic development, global studies, data management, land use planning, and environmental protection.

  • The Geography and Sustainability Program focuses on human and physical geography, including the use of geotechniques. Coursework includes a required core, electives, and a culminating experience. The flexibility available in the selection of electives enables each student to tailor the program to meet specific career goals.
  • Students benefit from one-on-one guidance from dedicated faculty mentors with diverse expertise. Most hold doctoral degrees—and all engage in research and scholarly publication. Coursework is further enriched with lectures and presentations by visiting scholars from abroad.
  • Classroom activities and research are enhanced by state-of-the-art laboratories, field camps, and fieldwork as part of faculty research projects around the nation. Internships are available. Other opportunities include the University's Honors Program and study abroad programs, which range from summer programs to a single semester or a full academic year in over 56 countries.
  • A number of activities and organizations are available that enable students to interact with other students and professionals in the industry. Student organizations include Gamma Theta Upsilon, Kappa Nu Chapter, the Anthropology Club, and the Environmental Club. In addition, the department regularly hosts special events.

Required Courses


Graduates are qualified for variety of positions, including cartographer, economic developer, global analyst, forestry technician, GIS specialist, health service planner, land use planner, location analyst , market researcher, park ranger, conservationist, and traffic manager. In addition, geography is an excellent foundation for a career in environmental management. Geographers also are employed by a wide variety of federal agencies in science, health, and intelligence fields, and are frequently employed in state-level environmental quality and natural resource agencies. Graduates may obtain the Geographic Information Science Certificate.

In addition, the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems offers a number of scholarships and awards.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Earth and Environmental Systems
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Department of Earth and Environmental Systems
Indiana State University