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)
    • GEP 201: Global Environmental Systems (4)
    • GEP 205: World Regional Geography (3)
    • or
    • GEP 203: Human Geography (3)
    • or
    • GEP 206: Society, Environment, and Sustainable Development (3)
    II. UPPER DIVISION BREADTH COURSES (19-20 units)

    The Biophysical Environment (3-4 units)

    • GEP 350: Geomorphology (4)
    • GEP 343: Biogeography (4)
    • GEP 355: Weather and Climate (4)
    • GEP 356: Global Climate Change: Past, Present, Future (4)
    • GEP 351: Natural Hazards (3-4)

    Human Geography (4 units)

    • GEP 320: Geopolitics (4)
    • GEP 322: Globalization and Environments (4)
    • GEP 325: Global Food Systems: Scarcity and Sustainability(4)
    • GEP 323: Resource Management & Development in Global Perspective (4)
    • GEP 370: Globalization and the City (4)
    • GEP 324: Climate Change and Society (4)

    Geospatial Techniques (3-4 units)

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

    Regional Synthesis (4 units)

    • GEP 327: Latin America and the Caribbean (4)
    • GEP 328: Africa, South of the Sahara (4)
    • GEP 339: Special Topics in Society, Environment and Development (4)

    Geographic Research and Synthesis (5 units)

    • GEP 490A: Human-Environment Capstone Pre-Seminar (1) - Fall Only
    • GEP 490B: Human-Environment Capstone Seminar (4) - Spring Only
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)
    • GEP 201: Global Environmental Systems (4)
    • GEP 205: World Regional Geography (3)
    • or
    • GEP 203: Human Geography (3)
    • or
    • GEP 206: Society, Environment, and Sustainable Development (3)
    II. UPPER DIVISION BREADTH COURSES (19-20 units)

    Human Geography (4 units)

    • GEP 320: Geopolitics (4)
    • GEP 322: Globalization and Environments (4)
    • GEP 325: Global Food Systems: Scarcity and Sustainability(4)
    • GEP 323: Resource Management & Development in Global Perspective (4)
    • GEP 370: Globalization and the City (4)
    • GEP 324: Climate Change and Society (4)

    Geospatial Techniques (3-4 units)

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

    Regional Synthesis (4 units)

    • GEP 327: Latin America and the Caribbean (4)
    • GEP 328: Africa, South of the Sahara (4)
    • GEP 359: Special Topics in Environmental Systems (2-4)

    Practical Exepriences (3-4 units)

    • GEP 312: Professional Conferences (1-2)
    • GEP 314: Field Experience Abroad (2-3)
    • GEP 313: Field Experience (1-2)
    • GEP 418: Lab Teaching Assistant in GEP (2)
    • GEP 317: Internship (1-3)

    Geographic Research and Synthesis (5 units)

    • GEP 490A: Human-Environment Capstone Pre-Seminar (1) - Fall Only
    • GEP 490B: Human-Environment Capstone Seminar (4) - Spring Only
    III. CONCENTRATION COURSES (14 units)
    • GEP 440: Field Methods (2)
    • GEP 441: Lab Methods (2-3)
    • GEP 350: Geomorphology (4)
    • GEP 343: Biogeography (4)
    • GEP 355: Weather and Climate (4)
    • GEP 351: Natural Hazards (3-4)
    • GEP 388: Environmental GIS (3-4)
    IV. SUPPORTING COURSES (8 units)

    Suggested courses, with substitutions possible in consultation with an advisor

    • GEP 340: Applied Ecology (3-4)
    • GEP 352: Soil Science (3-4)
    • GEP 341: Conservation Biology (3-4)
    • BIOL 330: Plant Taxonomy (has prereqs) (4)
    • BIOL 333: Ecology (4)
    • BIOL 485: Biometry (4)
    • GEOL 303: Adv. Principals of Geology (3)
    • GEOL 304: Geological Map and Report Writing (1)
    • GEOL 323: Hydrology (3)
    • MATH 165: Elementary Applied 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)
    • GEP 201: Global Environmental Systems (4)
    • GEP 205: World Regional Geography (3)
    • or
    • GEP 203: Human Geography (3)
    • or
    • GEP 206: Society, Environment, and Sustainable Development (3)
    II. UPPER DIVISION BREADTH COURSES (15-16 units)

    Geospatial Techniques (3-4 units)

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

    Regional Synthesis (4 units)

    • GEP 327: Latin America and the Caribbean (4)
    • GEP 328: Africa, South of the Sahara (4)
    • GEP 359: Special Topics in Environmental Systems (2-4)

    Practical Experiences (2-4 units)

    • GEP 312: Professional Conferences (1-2)
    • GEP 314: Field Experience Abroad (2-3)
    • GEP 313: Field Experience (1-2)
    • GEP 418: Lab Teaching Assistant in GEP (2)
    • GEP 317: Internship (1-3)
    • GEP 440: Field Methods (2)
    • GEP 441: Lab Methods (2-3)

    Geographic Research and Synthesis (5 units)

    • GEP 490A: Human-Environment Capstone Pre-Seminar (1) - Fall Only
    • GEP 490B: Human-Environment Capstone Seminar (4) - Spring Only
    III. CONCENTRATION COURSES (19-20 units)

      Take at least 6 units from each group

      Group I
    • GEP 322: Globalization and Environments (4)
    • GEP 325: Global Food Systems: Scarcity & Sustain. (4)
    • GEP 323: Resource Management & Development in Global Perspective (4)
    • GEP 324: Climate Change and Society (4)
    • Group II
    • GEP 350: Geomorphology (4)
    • GEP 343: Biogeography (4)
    • GEP 356: Global Climate Change: Past,Present,Future (4)
    • GEP 351: Natural Hazards (3-4)
    • GEP 388: Environmental GIS (3-4)
    IV. SUPPORTING COURSES (8 units)

    Suggested courses, with substitutions possible in consultation with an advisor

    • ANTH 345: Nature and Society: Topics in Anthropology and the Environment (3)
    • ECON 381: Natural Resource and Environmental Econ (4)
    • GEP 330: Environmental History (4)
    • GEP 360: Introduction to Planning (3)
    • GEP 373: Energy, Technology and Society (4)
    • GEP 336: Environmental Law (3)
    • GEP 364: Environmental Planning (3-4)

Learning Objectives

Students who follow this concentration will:

  1. Understand how major social transformations , such as colonization, industrialization and globalization, have influenced our modes of living and our relationship with the environment
  2. Assess the roots of environmental problems and understand how unsustainable resources use reflects political and economic processes, and contributes to social and environmental injustice
  3. Examine past, present and future environmentally-sustainable practices and policies
  4. Develop the skills necessary to work in fields related to sustainable development and resource management

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)
    • GEP 201: Global Environmental Systems (4)
    • GEP 205: World Regional Geography (3)
    • or
    • GEP 203: Human Geography (3)
    • or
    • GEP 206: Society, Environment, and Sustainable Development (3)
    II. UPPER DIVISION BREADTH COURSES (18-19 units)

    The Biophysical Environment (3-4 units)

    • GEP 350: Geomorphology (4)
    • GEP 343: Biogeography (4)
    • GEP 355: Weather and Climate (4)
    • GEP 356: Global Climate Change: Past, Present, Future (4)
    • GEP 351: Natural Hazards (3-4)

    Human Geography (4 units)

    • GEP 320: Geopolitics (4)
    • GEP 322: Globalization and Environments (4)
    • GEP 325: Global Food Systems: Scarcity and Sustainability(4)
    • GEP 323: Resource Management & Development in Global Perspective (4)
    • GEP 370: Globalization and the City (4)
    • GEP 324: Climate Change and Society (4)

    Regional Synthesis (4 units)

    • GEP 327: Latin America and the Caribbean (4)
    • GEP 328: Africa, South of the Sahara (4)
    • GEP 359: Special Topics in Environmental Systems (2-4)

    Practical Exepriences (2-3 units)

    • GEP 312: Professional Conferences (1-2)
    • GEP 314: Field Experience Abroad (2-3)
    • GEP 313: Field Experience (1-2)
    • GEP 418: Lab Teaching Assistant in GEP (2)
    • GEP 317: Internship (1-3)
    • GEP 441: Lab Methods (2-3)

    Geographic Research and Synthesis (5 units)

    • GEP 490A: Human-Environment Capstone Pre-Seminar (1) - Fall Only
    • GEP 490B: Human-Environment Capstone Seminar (4) - Spring Only
    III. CONCENTRATION COURSES (16-17 units)
    • GEP 440: Field Methods (2)
    • GEP 380: Environmental Remote Sensing (4)
    • GEP 385: Cartographic Visualization (3-4)
    • GEP 387: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4)
    • GEP 388: Environmental Geographic Information Systems (3-4)
    • GEP 389: Advanced GIS (3-4)
    IV. SUPPORTING Courses (7-8 units)
    • MATH 165: Elementary Applied 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)
    • GEP 201: Global Environmental Systems (4)
    • GEP 205: World Regional Geography (3)
    • or
    • GEP 203: Human Geography (3)
    • or
    • GEP 206: Society, Environment, and Sustainable Development (3)
    II. UPPER DIVISION BREADTH COURSES (19-20 units)

    The Biophysical Environment (4 units)

    • GEP 350: Geomorphology (4)
    • GEP 343: Biogeography (4)
    • GEP 355: Weather and Climate (4)
    • GEP 356: Global Climate Change: Past, Present, Future (4)
    • GEP 351: Natural Hazards (3-4)

    Geospatial Techniques (3-4 units)

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

    Regional Synthesis (4 units)

    • GEP 327: Latin America and the Caribbean (4)
    • GEP 328: Africa, South of the Sahara (4)
    • GEP 359: Special Topics in Environmental Systems (2-4)

    Practical Experiences (2-3 units)

    • GEP 312: Professional Conferences (1-2)
    • GEP 314: Field Experience Abroad (2-3)
    • GEP 313: Field Experience (1-2)
    • GEP 418: Lab Teaching Assistant in GEP (2)
    • GEP 317: Internship (1-3)
    • GEP 440: Field Methods (2)
    • GEP 441: Lab Methods (2-3)

    Geographic Research and Synthesis (5 units)

    • GEP 490A: Human-Environment Capstone Pre-Seminar (1) - Fall Only
    • GEP 490B: Human-Environment Capstone Seminar (4) - Spring Only
    III. CONCENTRATION COURSES (15-6 units)
    • GEP 305: World Regions in Global Context (4)
    • GEP 320: Geopolitics (4)
    • GEP 322: Globalization and Environments (4)
    • GEP 325: Global Food Systems: Scarcity and Sustainability (4)
    • GEP 371: Social Geography (3)
    • GEP 370: Globalization and the City (4)
    IV. SUPPORTING COURSES (8 units)

    Suggested courses, with substitutions possible in consultation with an advisor

    • ANTH 352: Global Issues (4)
    • ANTH 354: Quest for the Other: Tourism and Culture (4)
    • ECON 303: International Economics (4)
    • ECON 403a: Seminar in Int'l Economic Development (4)
    • POLS 303: Comparative Political Analysis (4)
    • POLS 304: Theory and Analysis of International Relations (4)
    • POLS 452: Politics of the Developing World (4)
    • WGS 385: 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