B.A. in Geography

Students who can meet the qualifications are also encouraged to participate in the California State University's International Programs. Such participation will not only contribute immediately to the student's geographical knowledge and degree program, but may have longer term educational and career benefits as well. For further information, see Page 20 of the Course Bulletin.

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Requirements (68 units)

Total units required for graduation: 180

B.A. in Geography - Geography Option

Requirements for the B.A. in Geography

Lower-division requirements (18)
GEOG 100 Introduction to Human Geography 4
GEOG 103 Physical Geography 5
GEOG 201 Map Interpretation 4
GEOG 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Cartography 5
Upper-division requirements (50)
GEOG 305 Geographic Statistics and Research Methods 4
Twelve units chosen from: 12
GEOG 307
Transportation Issues and Development
GEOG 320
Geography of Social Issues
GEOG 322
United States and Mexico Border Issues
GEOG 350
Conservation and Natural Resources
GEOG 420
Geography of Economic Activity
GEOG 415
Urban Planning and Land Development
or GEOG 440
Understanding the City
Twelve units chosen from: 12
GEOG 304
Field Methods in Geography
GEOG 360
Weather and Climate
or GEOG 365
Climate Change
GEOG 370
Landscape Analysis
GEOG 470
Hydrology and Water Resources
GEOG 480
Geomorphology
Eight units chosen from: 8
GEOG 312
Geography of the Developing World
GEOG 313
Geography of the Developed World
or GEOG 323
North America
Eight units chosen from: 8
GEOG 306
Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEOG 308
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 315
Spatial Analysis
GEOG 402
Geographic Information Systems Applications
GEOG 406
Digital Image Processing
GEOG 500 Senior Seminar 2
Four units of upper-division course work in geography except GEOG 300 and GEOG 311 which cannot count for the Geography major. 4
Total Units 68

B.A. in Geography - Global Studies Option

Requirements for the B.A. in Geography - Global Studies Option

Lower-division requirements (17)
GEOG 103 Physical Geography 5
GEOG 201 Map Interpretation 4
PSCI 204 International Relations 4
SSCI 165 Regions and Peoples of the World 4
Upper-division requirements (20)
GEOG 303 Introduction to Global Studies 4
GEOG 305 Geographic Statistics and Research Methods 4
GEOG 312 Geography of the Developing World 4
GEOG 313 Geography of the Developed World 4
GEOG 350 Conservation and Natural Resources 4
Electives (28)
Four units chosen from: 4
ANTH 341
Globalization and Culture
ANTH 472
Colonial and Postcolonial Anthropology
Four units chosen from: 4
ECON 430
International Economics
ECON 450
Global Economy
GEOG 420
Geography of Economic Activity
HSCI 344 International Perspectives on Nutrition 4
or HSCI 359 Global Health
PSCI 300 Western Political Systems 4
or PSCI 306 Developing Political Systems
PSCI 400 International Politics 4
or GEOG 320 Geography of Social Issues
Eight units chosen from other university courses, or from courses not taken in the upper-division electives. These courses must have an international or world regions perspective and must be chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor. 8
Total Units 65

Minor in Geography

Requirements for a minor in Geography

Lower-division requirements (9)
GEOG 100 Introduction to Human Geography 4
GEOG 103 Physical Geography 5
Upper-division requirements (20)
Twenty units chosen from any geography and environmental studies courses, of which at least fifteen must be upper-division. 20
Total Units 29

Minor in Geography - Global Studies

Requirements (29 units)

Requirements for a minor in Geography - Global Studies

Lower-division requirements (9)
GEOG 103 Physical Geography 5
SSCI 165 Regions and Peoples of the World 4
Upper-division requirements (20)
GEOG 303 Introduction to Global Studies 4
GEOG 312 Geography of the Developing World 4
GEOG 313 Geography of the Developed World 4
Eight units chosen from any upper-division courses listed in the Geography: Global Studies major. 8
Total Units 29

DEPARTMENTAL HONORS

Students majoring in geography are eligible to receive honors in geography at graduation if they have:

  1. Completed at least one-half of the course work required by the major at this university.
  2. Earned a grade point average of at least 3.5 in the major, both at this university and overall.
  3. Earned an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better.
  4. Completed a senior project approved in advance by the department chair.

Students interested in receiving this recognition must initiate the process by making a formal application with the Geography Department Administrative Support Coordinator.