The program is for the student whose academic or professional plans require a broader base of science courses.

If you’re interested in pre-professional studies, particularly in the health sciences, you may decide to choose this undergraduate major, as most medical, dental and veterinary schools do not require specific majors in biology and chemistry.

Program Overview

Geography studies have been a significant part of the academic programs at Concordia-Chicago for more than half a century. Our numerous resources include an invaluable collection of maps, atlases, rock and mineral specimens, aerial photographs, slides, videos, models, globes, field equipment, and digital spatial and database layers.

If you plan to pursue early childhood or elementary education, you can specialize in this program. Students in the secondary education program may choose geography and environmental studies as a designation or a minor.

General Course Information

To complete program requirements, students will take earth science, meteorology, geography and geology courses. Along with departmental offerings, Concordia science students participate in consortium-type seminars and botany courses through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA), a partnership of 15 liberal arts universities and government laboratories, along with learning at such institutions as the Shedd Aquarium and the Morton Arboretum.

For details about required courses, please visit our online catalog.


Because of CUC’s close proximity to Chicago, a whole new world of opportunity is open to you! For example, students in Professor Rose’s geography courses take learning outside the classroom. During typical learning excursions, these classes participate in walking, boat, bus and “El” (elevated rail) tours of Chicago neighborhoods. They visit ethnic museums and social services agencies. One of her classes even took a tour of Chicago City Hall’s rooftop garden to understand its environmental impact.

Because the Universitiy's location, you will have access to world renowned museums such as The Field Museum of Natural History and Adler Planetarium.

In addition, CUC’s weather station (dedicated to Dr. Herbert Gross, a nationally-known geographer and former CUC faculty member) is maintained by the department. You will have access to the equipment to enhance your knowledge with a hands-on approach.


Career Possibilities


Forestry Aide

Energy Researcher

Travel Agent

Environmental Researcher


Conservation Officer




Historic Preservation Planner


Community Developer

Soil Conservation Technician