B.A. in Geography

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geography requires the completion of 120 units, at least 42 of which shall be in geography.

Major requirements (42 units)

Core Courses (12 units)
GEOG 4, 5, 7, 30

Areas of concentration (18 units)
Majors should complete 3 units in each area.

Atmospheric Sciences
GEOG 111, 112, 114, 115, 118

Environmental Studies
GEOG 127, 128, 135, 139T

Global and Regional Studies
GEOG 170T, 171T, 173, 174, 175T, 178, 179

Urban and Regional Planning
GEOG 181, 184, 187T

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
GEOG 140, 141, 142, 143, 149, 150, 151, 152

International Develpment Studies
GEOG 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167

Approved electives
All upper division courses in the Geography Department

General Education requirements (51 units)

Electives and remaining degree requirements* (24 units)
(See Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor

Total (120 units)

*This total indicates that GEOG 4 in G.E. Breadth D3 also may be applied to the geography major. Consult the department chair or faculty adviser for additional details.

Advising Notes

  1. No more than 3 units of GEOG 195 may be applied to the geography major.
  2. No General Education Integration or Multicultural/International course offered by the Department of Geography may be used to satisfy the General Education requirements for geography majors.
  3. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the geography major with the exception of GEOG 192 and 195.
  4. General Education and elective units may be applied to a second major or a minor (see double major or departmental minor). Consult the appropriate department chair, program coordinator, or faculty adviser for further information.
  5. Students must complete 40 upper-division units as part of the requirements to earn a B.A. (see Baccalaureate Degree Requirements).
  6. It is strongly recommended that students interested in professional careers in geography select an elective in Geographic Techniques and complete a minor in a related field.
  7. Students must regularly consult with their academic adviser. Such consultation will facilitate course selection and enable the student to develop a program consistent with individual interests and needs.
  8. The selection of the electives within the major should be strongly influenced by career goals, interests in graduate study, and related matters. Whether one's interest focuses on environmental protection, planning, cartography, GIS, locational analysis, or any one of a wide array of geographic competencies, the department can provide current applicable information. Inquiries are welcomed.