Geography

Undergraduate

The geography degree program prepares students to understand the physical and human environment and interpret the patterns found across earth’s surface. We strive to help our students become persons of intellectual maturity by building a solid foundation of knowledge concerning the discipline of geography, the main features of earth’s environment, and the various processes giving rise to these features; developing skills necessary to access, acquire, and synthesize new information and ideas so as to become life-long learners; establishing understanding of the theories, tools, and techniques necessary to become eective problem solvers; and nally practicing the facilities needed to become articulate communicators of their knowledge, opinions, and ideas. The Department of Geography offers two B.A. major options: Geography - Standard Program, and Geography – Geographical Information Science (GIS).


Major in Geography - Standard Program

Standard Program PDF

LOWER DIVISION GEOGRAPHY (7 Units Total)

Select two courses:
GEOG. 101: The Physical Environment AND GEOG 102: Physical Geography Lab
or
GEOG. 103: Weather AND GEOG 105: Weather Lab
or
GEOG. 107: Intro to Human Geography
or
GEOG. 150: World Geography

UPPER DIVISION GEOGRAPHY (39 Units Total)

Gateway Course
(3 units)
Select:
GEOG. 300: The Geographer’s Craft

Field Studies (3 units)
Select one course:
GEOG. 404A-Z: Field Studies

Content Courses (6 units)
Select two courses:
GEOG. 301: Cultural Geography
GEOG. 311/L: Atmosphere
GEOG. 316/L: Environmental Geography
GEOG. 340: Economic Geography
GEOG. 345: Tourism Geography
GEOG. 351: Urban Geography
GEOG. 364/L: World Ecosystems
GEOG. 365/L: Geomorphology
GEOG. 366/L: Environmental Hazards
GEOG. 370: Water, Society, and the Environment

Method Courses (6 units)
Select two courses:
GEOG. 206/L: Introductory GIS
GEOG. 304/L: Map and Imagery Interpretation
GEOG. 305/L: Maps and Graphics
GEOG. 306/L: Intermediate GIS

Regional Courses (3 units)
Select one course:
GEOG. 318: Europe
GEOG. 321: United States
GEOG. 322: Latin America
GEOG. 324: China
GEOG. 326: Africa
GEOG. 330: California
GEOG. 334: Southwest Pacific
GEOG. 350: Metropolitan Los Angeles

Application Courses (6 units)
Select two courses:
GEOG. 402/L: Physical Geography Techniques
GEOG. 406/L: Advanced GIS
GEOG. 408A/L: Applications in GIS
GEOG. 408B/L: Applications in GIS
GEOG. 408C/L: Geospatial Project Mgmt.
GEOG. 408D/L: Spatial Database Mgmt.
GEOG. 408E/L: GIS Auto & Customization
GEOG. 408F/L: WebGIS
GEOG. 408G/L: GIS & Decision-Making
GEOG. 408H/L: GIS in Water Resource Management
GEOG. 409/L: Digital Cartography
GEOG. 414: Hydroclimatology
GEOG. 416: Earth’s Changing Climates
GEOG. 459: Environmental Impact Studies
GEOG. 460/L: Spatial Analysis and Comparison
GEOG. 465/L: Fluvial Geomorphology
GEOG. 467/L: Arid Lands Geomorphology
GEOG. 468/L: Coastal Geomorphology
GEOG. 470: The Geography of Aquatic Ecosystems
GEOG. 472: Water Transfers in the American West
GEOG. 473: Water Quality in the Managed Environment
GEOG. 474: Water in Dryland Environments
GEOG. 476: Principles of River Restoration
GEOG. 482: Population Geography
GEOG. 486: Medical Geography
GEOG. 487: Popular Culture
GEOG. 494: Internship
GEOG. 497A-F: Senior Seminar

Capstone Course (3 units)
Select:
GEOG. 490: Senior Project

Elective Courses (9 units)
Three additional upper division (300-400 level) Geography courses

Major in Geography - Geographic Information Science (GIS)

GIS Program PDF

LOWER DIVISION GEOGRAPHY (7 Units Total)

Select two courses:
GEOG. 101: The Physical Environment AND GEOG 102: Physical Geography Lab
or
GEOG. 103: Weather AND GEOG 105: Weather Lab
or
GEOG. 107: Intro to Human Geography
or
GEOG. 150: World Geography

UPPER DIVISION GEOGRAPHY (39 Units Total)

Gateway Course
(3 units)
Select:
GEOG. 300: The Geographer’s Craft

Field Studies (3 units)
Select one course:
GEOG. 404A-Z: Field Studies

Content Courses (6 units)
Select two courses:
GEOG. 301: Cultural Geography
GEOG. 311/L: Atmosphere
GEOG. 316/L: Environmental Geography
GEOG. 340: Economic Geography
GEOG. 345: Tourism Geography
GEOG. 351: Urban Geography
GEOG. 364/L: World Ecosystems
GEOG. 365/L: Geomorphology
GEOG. 366/L: Environmental Hazards

Method Courses (6 units)
Select two courses:
GEOG. 206/L: Introductory GIS
GEOG. 305/L: Maps and Graphics
GEOG. 306/L: Intermediate GIS
GEOG. 406/L: Advanced GIS
GEOG. 460/L: Spatial Analysis

Application Courses (6 units)
Select two courses:
GEOG. 304/L: Map and Imagery Interpretation
GEOG. 407/L: Remote Sensing
GEOG. 408A/L: Applications in GIS
GEOG. 408B/L: Applications in GIS
GEOG. 408C/L: Geospatial Project Mgmt.
GEOG. 408D/L: Spatial Database Mgmt.
GEOG. 408E/L: GIS Auto & Customization
GEOG. 408F/L: WebGIS
GEOG. 408G/L: GIS & Decision-Making
GEOG. 408H/L: GIS in Water Resource Management
GEOG. 409/L: Digital Cartography
GEOG. 494: Internship
GEOG. 497A-F: Senior Seminar

Capstone Course (3 units)
Select:
GEOG. 490: Senior Project

Elective Courses (3 units)
One additional upper division (300-400 level) Geography courses

Minor in Geography - Geographic Information Science (GIS)

GIS Minor PDF

LOWER DIVISION GEOGRAPHY (3 Units Total)

Take one of the following:
GEOG. 101: The Physical Environment
GEOG. 103: Weather
GEOG. 107: Intro to Human Geography
GEOG. 150: World Geography

UPPER DIVISION GEOGRAPHY (18 Units Total)
Method Courses (12 units)
Take the following:
GEOG. 206/L: Introductory GIS
GEOG. 305/L: Maps and Graphics
GEOG. 306/L: Intermediate GIS
GEOG. 406/L: Advanced GIS

Application Courses (6 units)
Select two courses:
GEOG. 304/L: Map and Imagery Interpretation
GEOG. 407/L: Remote Sensing
GEOG. 408A/L: Applications in GIS
GEOG. 408B/L: Applications in GIS
GEOG. 408C/L: Geospatial Project Mgmt.
GEOG. 408D/L: Spatial Database Mgmt.
GEOG. 408E/L: GIS Auto & Customization
GEOG. 408F/L: WebGIS
GEOG. 408G/L: GIS & Decision-Making
GEOG. 409/L: Digital Cartography
GEOG. 460/L: Spatial Analysis
GEOG. 494: Internship
(must be GIS/Cartography/Remote Sensing topic)

Minor in Geography - Standard Program

A minor in geography is comprised of 20 units, with no more than 6 units in the Lower Division. The student must consult with a Geography advisor to develop an approved program best suited to the student’s individual needs. A program may be selected that will provide the student with exposure to several of the major realms of geography or emphasis in one particular aspect of geography (e.g., geomorphology, GIS, climatology, cultural, economic, ecology, cartography, urban).

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