Major in Geography

The General Degree:

All Geography Majors experience the same general curriculum, described here:

This curriculum is intended for students who wish to design their own major. It allows students to take a broader range of courses.

The Curriculum

Advising Sheet

    I. LOWER DIVISION CORE COURSES (take all, 7 units)
    • GEOG 201 (204): Global Environmental Systems (4 units)
    • GEOG 202 World Regional (3 units)
    • or
    • 203 Human Geography (3 units)
    II. UPPER DIVISION BREADTH COURSES (19-20 units)

    The Biophysical Environment (3-4 units)

    • GEOG 360: Geomorphology (4)
    • GEOG 365: Biogeography (4)
    • GEOG 370: Weather and Climate (4)
    • GEOG 372: Global Climate Change: Past, Present, Future (4)
    • GEOG 375: Natural Hazards (3-4)

    Human Geography (4 units)

    • GEOG 320: Geopolitics (4)
    • GEOG 322: Liberation Ecologies: Globalization, Environment, and Social Movements (4)
    • GEOG 335: Global Food Systems: Scarcity and Sustainability(4)
    • GEOG 340: Conservation of Natural Resources (4)
    • GEOG 350: Globalization and the City (4)
    • GEOG 352: Climate Change and Society (4)

    Geospatial Techniques (3-4 units)

    • GEOG 380: Environmental Remote Sensing (4)
    • GEOG 385: Cartographic Visualization (3-4)
    • GEOG 387: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)

    Regional Synthesis (4 units)

    • GEOG 392: Latin America and the Caribbean (4)
    • GEOG 394: Africa, South of the Sahara (4)
    • GEOG 396: Special Topics in Area Studies (4)

    Geographic Research and Synthesis (5 units)

    • GEOG 316: Geographic Inquiry (1)
    • GEOG 490: Senior Seminar (4)
III. ELECTIVE COURSES in Geography (14-15 units)
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IV. SUPPORTING Courses (8 units)

 

The Major with a Concentration

Those students who wish to emphasize a particular area of expertise within the discipline are encouraged to persue a concentration. Concentrations include:

This concentration is designed for students who wish to focus on the natural environment, including weather and climate change, landform processes, and biographical issues and ecosystems.

These classes prepare students for entry level positions in career areas such as park services, environmental consulting, agricultural monitoring, geoarchaeology, environmental protection, and many others. Visit the Jobs in Geography page for more ideas.

The Curriculum

Advising Sheet

    I. CORE COURSES (take all, 7 units)
    • GEOG 201 (204): Global Environmental Systems (4 units)
    • GEOG 202 World Regional (3 units)
    • or
    • 203 Human Geography (3 units)
    II. UPPER DIVISION BREADTH COURSES (19-20 units)

    Human Geography (4 units)

    • GEOG 320: Geopolitics (4)
    • GEOG 322: Liberation Ecologies (4)
    • GEOG 335: Global Food Systems: Scarcity and Sustainability(4)
    • GEOG 340: Conservation of Natural Resources (4)
    • GEOG 350: Globalization and the City (4)
    • GEOG 352: Climate Change and Society (4)

    Geospatial Techniques (3-4 units)

    • GEOG 380: Environmental Remote Sensing (4)
    • GEOG 385: Cartographic Visualization (3-4)
    • GEOG 387: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)

    Regional Synthesis (4 units)

    • GEOG 392: Latin America and the Caribbean (4)
    • GEOG 394: Africa, South of the Sahara (4)
    • GEOG 396: Special Topics in Area Studies (4)

    Practical Exepriences (3-4 units)

    • GEOG 312: Geographic Conferences (1-2)
    • GEOG 313: Field Experience Abroad (2-3)
    • GEOG 314: Field Experience (1-2)
    • GEOG 460: Lab Assistant in Geography (2-3)
    • GEOG 499AB: Internship (2-4)

    Geographic Research and Synthesis (5 units)

    • GEOG 316: Geographic Inquiry (1)
    • GEOG 490: Senior Seminar (4)
    III. CONCENTRATION COURSES (14 units)
    • GEOG 315: Field Methods in Geography (2)
    • GEOG 317: Lab Methods in Physical Geography (2)
    • GEOG 360: Geomorphology (4)
    • GEOG 365: Biogeography (4)
    • GEOG 370: Weather and Climate (4)
    • GEOG 372: Global Climate Change: Past, Present, Future (4)
    • GEOG 375: Natural Hazards (3-4)
    • GEOG 383: Environmental GIS (3-4)
    IV. SUPPORTING COURSES (8 units)

    Suggested courses, with substitutions possible in consultation with an advisor

    • ENSP 302: Applied Ecology
    • ENSP 309: Soil Science (3-4)
    • ENSP 322: Conservation Biology (3-4)
    • BIOL 330: Plant Taxonomy (has prerequs) (4)
    • BIOL 333: Ecology (4)
    • BIOL 465: Biometry (4)
    • GEOL 303: Adv. Principals of Geology (3)
    • GEOL 304: Geological Map and Report Writing (1)
    • GEOL 323: Hydrology (3)
    • MATH 165: Elementary Statistics (4)

Learning Objectives

Students who follow this concentration will:

  1. Describe and explain the basic processes of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere
  2. Understand the interconnected, dynamic relationships among the systems of the four environmental spheres
  3. Demonstrate a grounding in the science of environmental change
  4. Understand how global climate change impacts all aspects of the natural and human environment
  5. Describe and explain a big picture, holistic view of the global environmental system in terms of human interaction with the environment
  6. Critically appraise the scientific evidence upon which policy issues regarding the environment are based

This concentration is designed for students interested in human-environment relations, sustainable development, and natural resource management.

These classes prepare students to find domestic or international entry-level positions in resource- and human-development related jobs. Career areas include resource management, parks and recreation, land use planning and economic development. Visit the Jobs in Geography page for more ideas.

The Curriculum

Advising Sheet

    I. LOWER DIVISION CORE COURSES (take all, 7 units)
    • GEOG 201 (204): Global Environmental Systems (4 units)
    • GEOG 202 World Regional (3 units)
    • or
    • 203 Human Geography (3 units)
    II. UPPER DIVISION BREADTH COURSES (15-16 units)

    Geospatial Techniques (3-4 units)

    • GEOG 380: Environmental Remote Sensing (4)
    • GEOG 385: Cartographic Visualization (3-4)
    • GEOG 387: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)

    Regional Synthesis (4 units)

    • GEOG 392: Latin America and the Caribbean (4)
    • GEOG 394: Africa, South of the Sahara (4)
    • GEOG 396: Special Topics in Area Studies (4)

    Practical Experiences (2-3 units)

    • GEOG 312: Geographic Conferences (1-2)
    • GEOG 313: Field Experience Abroad (2-3)
    • GEOG 314: Field Experience (1-2)
    • GEOG 315: Field Methods in Geography (2)
    • GEOG 317: Lab Methods in Physical Geography (2)
    • GEOG 460: Lab Assistant in Geography (2-3)
    • GEOG 499AB: Internship (2-4)

    Geographic Research and Synthesis (5 units)

    • GEOG 316: Geographic Inquiry (1)
    • GEOG 490: Senior Seminar (4)
    III. CONCENTRATION COURSES (19-20 units)

      Take at least 6 units from each group

      Group I
    • GEOG 322: Liberation Ecologies: Globalization, Environment, and Social Movements (4)
    • GEOG 335: Global Food Systems: Scarcity & Sustain. (4)
    • GEOG 340: Conservation of Natural Resources (4)
    • GEOG 352: Climate Change and Society (4)
    • Group II
    • GEOG 360: Geomorphology (4)
    • GEOG 365: Biogeography (4)
    • GEOG 372: Global Climate Change: Past,Present,Future (4)
    • GEOG 375: Natural Hazards (3-4)
    • GEOG 483: Environmental GIS (3-4)
    IV. SUPPORTING COURSES (8 units)

    Suggested courses, with substitutions possible in consultation with an advisor

    • ANTH 345: Topics in Anthropology and the Environment (3)
    • ECON 381: Natural Resource and Environmental Econ (4)
    • ENSP 307: Environmental History (4)
    • ENSP 310: Introduction to Planning (3)
    • ENSP 330: Energy, Technology and Society (4)
    • ENSP 404: Environmental Law (3)
    • ENSP 416: Environmental Planning (3)

Learning Objectives

Students who follow this concentration will:

  1. understand how human-environment relationships differ between regions, based on their biophysical, historical, political, economic, technological, and cultural contexts
  2. understand how major social transformations, such as colonization, industrialization and globalization, have influenced our modes of living, our relationship with nature, and our landscapes
  3. understand how resource-extraction regions (from agriculture, to mining, to fishing) are linked to global processes, contributing to uneven development, environmental and social impacts, and conflict within those regions
  4. assess environmental problems and their resolution, incorporating biophysical, political, economic, legal, ethical, technical and cultural factors

This concentration is designed for students interested in geographic information science, and its application in resource management, land-use planning and land-change science.

These classes prepare students to find entry-level positions as geographic-information and/or remote-sensing technicians and analysts. Students will be able to apply their skills in a range of career areas, including urban and rural planning, parks and recreation, resource management, agriculture and even marketing. Visit the Jobs in Geography page for more ideas.

The Curriculum

Advising Sheet

    I. CORE COURSES (take all, 7 units)
    • GEOG 201 (204): Global Environmental Systems (4 units)
    • GEOG 202 World Regional (3 units)
    • or
    • 203 Human Geography (3 units)
    II. UPPER DIVISION BREADTH COURSES (18-19 units)

    The Biophysical Environment (3-4 units)

    • GEOG 360: Geomorphology (4)
    • GEOG 365: Biogeography (4)
    • GEOG 370: Weather and Climate (4)
    • GEOG 372: Global Climate Change: Past, Present, Future (4)
    • GEOG 375: Natural Hazards (3-4)

    Human Geography (4 units)

    • GEOG 320: Geopolitics (4)
    • GEOG 322: Liberation Ecologies (4)
    • GEOG 335: Global Food Systems: Scarcity and Sustainability(4)
    • GEOG 340: Conservation of Natural Resources (4)
    • GEOG 350: Globalization and the City (4)
    • GEOG 352: Climate Change and Society (4)

    Regional Synthesis (4 units)

    • GEOG 392: Latin America and the Caribbean (4)
    • GEOG 394: Africa, South of the Sahara (4)
    • GEOG 396: Special Topics in Area Studies (4)

    Practical Exepriences (2-3 units)

    • GEOG 312: Geographic Conferences (1-2)
    • GEOG 313: Field Experience Abroad (2-3)
    • GEOG 314: Field Experience (1-2)
    • GEOG 317: Lab Methods in Physical Geography (2)
    • GEOG 460: Lab Assistant in Geography (2-3)
    • GEOG 499AB: Internship (2-4)

    Geographic Research and Synthesis (5 units)

    • GEOG 316: Geographic Inquiry (1)
    • GEOG 490: Senior Seminar (4)
    III. CONCENTRATION COURSES (16-17 units)
    • GEOG 315: Field Methods in Geography (2)
    • GEOG 380: Environmental Remote Sensing (4)
    • GEOG 385: Cartographic Visualization (3-4)
    • GEOG 387: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)
    • GEOG 483: Environmental Geographic Information Systems (3-4)
    • GEOG 487: Advanced GIS (3)
    IV. SUPPORTING Courses (7-8 units)
    • MATH 165: Elementary Statistics (4)
    • CS 101: Introduction to Computers and Computing (3)
    • CS 115: Programming I (4)

Learning Objectives

Students who follow this concentration will:

  1. Understand how computer-based geospatial technology and procedures can be used for geographic inquiry and analysis.
  2. Understand alternative data models used to represent discrete and continuous geographic phenomena in a digital environment, and evaluate tradeoffs between resolution, accuracy, error and cost.
  3. Understanding geospatial technology principles and procedures used in the computer laboratory and field
  4. Develop solutions to complex geographic questions that integrate relevant geospatial and statistical concepts and technologies
  5. Design professional quality maps that effectively communicate spatial information

This concentration is designed for students interested in how global economic and political change affects people’s access to wealth and power, and how it shapes their sense of self in an ever-changing world.

These classes prepare students to find domestic or international entry-level positions in human-development related jobs. Career areas include rural planning and economic development, political analysis, health care analysis and community development. Visit the Jobs in Geography page for more ideas.

The Curriculum

Advising Sheet

    I. LOWER DIVISION CORE COURSES (take all, 7 units)
    • GEOG 201 (204): Global Environmental Systems (4 units)
    • GEOG 202 World Regional (3 units)
    • or
    • 203 Human Geography (3 units)
    II. UPPER DIVISION BREADTH COURSES (19-20 units)

    The Biophysical Environment (4 units)

    • GEOG 360: Geomorphology (4)
    • GEOG 365: Biogeography (4)
    • GEOG 370: Weather and Climate (4)
    • GEOG 372: Global Climate Change: Past, Present, Future (4)
    • GEOG 375: Natural Hazards (3-4)

    Geospatial Techniques (3-4 units)

    • GEOG 380: Environmental Remote Sensing (4)
    • GEOG 385: Cartographic Visualization (3-4)
    • GEOG 387: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)

    Regional Synthesis (4 units)

    • GEOG 392: Latin America and the Caribbean (4)
    • GEOG 394: Africa, South of the Sahara (4)
    • GEOG 396: Special Topics in Area Studies (4)

    Practical Experiences (2-3 units)

    • GEOG 312: Geographic Conferences (1-2)
    • GEOG 313: Field Experience Abroad (2-3)
    • GEOG 314: Field Experience (1-2)
    • GEOG 315: Field Methods in Geography (2)
    • GEOG 317: Lab Methods in Physical Geography (2)
    • GEOG 460: Lab Assistant in Geography (2-3)
    • GEOG 499AB: Internship (2-4)

    Geographic Research and Synthesis (5 units)

    • GEOG 316: Geographic Inquiry (1)
    • GEOG 490: Senior Seminar (4)
    III. CONCENTRATION COURSES (15-6 units)
    • GEOG 302: World Regions in Global Context (4)
    • GEOG 320: Geopolitics (4)
    • GEOG 322: Liberation Ecologies (4)
    • GEOG 335: Global Food Systems: Scarcity and Sustainability (4)
    • GEOG 338: Social Geography (3)
    • GEOG 350: Globalization and the City (4)
    IV. SUPPORTING COURSES (8 units)

    Suggested courses, with substitutions possible in consultation with an advisor

    • ANTH352: Global Issues (4)
    • ANTH354: Quest for the Other: Tourism and Culture
    • ECON303: International Economics (4)
    • ECON403a: Seminar in Int'l Economic Development (4)
    • POLS303: Intro to Comparative Government (4)
    • POLS304: Introduction to International Relations (4)
    • POLS452: Third World Political Systems (4)
    • WGS385: Gender and Globalization (4)

Learning Objectives

Students who follow this concentration will:

  1. Understand how global economic and political processes shape the spatial distribution of wealth and poverty, opportunities and constraints, and power and weakness
  2. Understand how local, national and global economic, political and cultural forces create places, and either deepen or diminish place-based identities
  3. Understand the varied terrains of resistance that emerge in conjunction with globalization

 

Unit requirement for all majors:

        
Course Units
General Education 51
Geography Courses   42
Supporting Courses   8
General Electives 10
Total120