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 (6 Units Total)

Select two courses:
GEOG. 101: The Physical Environment
or
GEOG. 103: Weather
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: Atmosphere
GEOG. 316: 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: Environmental Hazards

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
GEOG. 360/L: Intro to Spatial Analysis

Regional Courses (3 units)
Select one course:
GEOG. 318: Europe
GEOG. 321: United States
GEOG. 322: Latin America
GEOG. 323: Canada
GEOG. 324: China
GEOG. 326: Africa
GEOG. 328: Mexico
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. 409/L: Digital Cartography
GEOG. 411: World Climate
GEOG. 414: Hydroclimatology
GEOG. 415: Air Pollution
GEOG. 416: Earth’s Changing Climates
GEOG. 444: Conservation
GEOG. 453: Housing & Community Development
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. 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 (6 Units Total)

Select two courses:
GEOG. 101: The Physical Environment
or
GEOG. 103: Weather
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: Atmosphere
GEOG. 316: 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: 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. 409/L: Digital Cartography
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


Minor in Geography - Geographic Information Science (GIS)

GIS Minor PDF

LOWER DIVISION GEOGRAPHY (6 Units Total)

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

UPPER DIVISION GEOGRAPHY (18 Units Total)
Method Courses (12 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

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)