Did you know that almost everything we do in life is connected to geography in some way? Everything you learned about geography in high school and junior high only scratches the surface of this fascinating discipline. The science of geography is focused on understanding the mechanisms of the world's physical and human environments and the links between them.

At Ball State’s Department of Geography, we offer a wide selection of majors, minors, graduate degrees, and certificates to prepare you for an exciting, fulfilling, and well-compensated career.

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Human Geography

Concentration in Geography Major

Global warming. Drought. Air quality. Conflicts in the Middle East. The physical setting and cultural conditions in every environment greatly influence events and our understanding of them. The study of geography helps us make sense of all these interrelationships. Learn more.

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Travel and Tourism

Concentration in Geography Major

Travel and tourism directly links to geography: places, culture, landscapes, the movement of people, and interrelationships between humans and their environment. These topics are essential to the study and the practice of geography. Learn more

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Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Concentration in Geography Major

Interested in exploring the digital connections between places, people, and behavior? Our bachelor’s degree in geographic information science (GIS) is an excellent choice if you are interested in solving social and environmental problems using advanced spatial information technology. Learn more.

Meteorological Studies Bachelor's

Meteorological Studies

Concentration in Geography Major

If you’re considering a career where knowledge of operational meteorology and climatology would be a good addition to your skill set, then our meteorological studies major is a good choice for you. Learn more

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Meteorology and Climatology Major

If you are interested in pursuing a career as a meteorologist or have a strong interest in weather and climate and their impact on human lives, our major in meteorology and climatology is right for you. Learn more.

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Human Geography

If you are intrigued by the application of geographic information to real-world problems and issues, then picking a minor in geography is an excellent option. This minor is also a great choice if you want to explore and learn more about the interrelationships between the individual and various places and cultures. Learn more. 

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Travel and Tourism

The travel and tourism minor is an exciting program to help you learn about people, places, and cultures near and far. Learn more.

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Geographic Information Science (GIS)

If you like technology and are interested in solving social and environmental problems, a minor in geographic information science (GIS) may be right for you. Learn more.

Meteorology and Climatology Minor

Meteorology and Climatology

If you see yourself in front of the camera giving the world the latest weather and climate updates, this minor will be a good fit for you. Our courses will prepare you to become a weathercaster and help you successfully complete the National Weather Association Weathercaster Seal of Approval examination. Learn more.

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Applied Atmospheric Science

If you have a strong interest in climate and climate variability, weather analysis and forecasting, and human-environmental impact assessment, a master’s degree in applied atmospheric science is right for you. Learn more. 

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Applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

If you want to become a geographical spatial analyst, a master’s degree in applied Geographic Information Science (GIS) is a great fit. Among the essential components of our program are theory, research methods, and application development. Learn more.

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PhD in Environmental Science

Prepare yourself for a successful career in academia, industry, or government—any profession that needs highly qualified professionals trained in science with experience in applying fundamental skills to real environmental problems. Learn more.

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Geographic Information Science

The graduate certificate in geographic information science (GIScience) offers comprehensive training in geospatial techniques and technology. This certificate will enhance your career prospects in fields that use locational data. Learn more

Professional Meteorology and Climatology Graduate Certificate

Professional Meteorology and Climatology

Are you interested in furthering your career in advanced atmospheric science? Ball State’s graduate certificate in professional meteorology and climatology is a focused, robust program that builds on your undergraduate education to make you a highly marketable employment candidate. Learn more. 

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Geographic Information Science

Are you interested in supplementing your undergraduate degree or your existing career with essential skills in GIScience? This certificate equips you with in-demand GIS skills that complement the degree you’re earning—or competitively repositions you in the job market. Learn more.