Welcome to the Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning

  • Boundary layer scintillometer for heat measurement over Fresno State campus  
  • Students working in the Environmental research lab  
  • Students installing micrometeorological instruments for monitoring surface fluxes of green house gases  
  • Rainbow forming East of Fresno 
  • Faculty and graduating students 
  • Geography students at 2015 graduation ceremony
  • Geography faculty with 2014 most outstanding student
  • Geographic Information System Laboratory  
  • Geography Club Voter Registration Drive 
  • Geography Club Food Booth at Vintage Day

MichelleWelcome to Geography and City & Regional Planning Department at California State University, Fresno and thank you for visiting our webpage. We are a student centered department that prides in the quality of our programs and the commitments of our faculty to educational excellence. Our programs are designed to train students so they can be equipped with theoretical knowledge and practical experience needed to be competitive in global market and have a successful career as an urban and regional planner, GIS analyst, data and mapping consultant, information specialist, climatologist, natural and resources specialist, environmental consultant state/local public health/social services administrator, diplomat, teacher and economic researcher.

Our department has one of the most diverse faculty in the California State University System. This is especially important considering the faculty, staff and students at Fresno State University are from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our faculty members are currently engaged in research projects that address problems that not only affect our life here in the San Joaquin Valley, but which may also affect life elsewhere in the world. Our majors have the opportunities to work on faculty projects as paid student research assistants and attend local and national conferences.

I encourage you to explore our webpage for more information about our department and contact us for any questions you might have. The department office is located in Science I Building, Room 182.

Thank you.

Michelle Calvarese Ph.D.
Associate Professor 

Most Outstanding Student 2014-15
Victoria Burnell


Congratulations to Victoria Burnell for being the 2015 most outstanding student of the Department of Geography and City & Regional Planning. She was unanimously and enthusiastically selected for this honor by the department faculty in recognition of her academic excellence and a remarkable record of service to the university and her community.

Victoria arrived at Fresno State in the fall of 2013 as a transfer student from Fresno City College. Though her initial plan was to major in political science, she quickly changed to Geography and Planning on realizing the discipline provides the pathway to fulfil her goal of acquiring a greater knowledge and understanding of the interactions between humans and their environments. I got to know Victoria very well when she was in my air quality class in fall 2014. As a student, she demonstrated a love of learning and the level of commitment necessary to succeed in college and beyond. Her intellectual curiosity is evidenced from the list of her academic achievements as evidenced from her current overall GPA of 3.92 and her placement on the President’s list or the Dean’s list in each semester she’s been at Fresno State. She is expected to graduate this May as a Summa Cum Laude.

Victoria doesn’t only excel in the classroom. She has passion for community service and volunteer work, and has given back to her community in several ways. In fall 2010, she helped lead the Ventura College Women’s Soccer Team to a Western State Conference title as a freshman captain. After her third surgery due to injury from soccer, she decided to take it easy and would help run training clinics for children. At Fresno State, she founded the Fresno State Women’s Soccer Club and has been the club’s President and captain since fall 2013. She has also been a very active member of the Geography Club since 2013, and is presently serving a very active role in that club as secretary. She has provided exceptional leadership for the club and has striven to encourage club members to become involved in university and community related activities.

Victoria is a member of the Kappa Theta chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, which is an international geographical honor society. Her ultimate goal is to pursue a career in the field of emergency management and work for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the American Red Cross as an emergency manager.