Geography Major

Discover what you can learn and where a geography major can take you.

Geography is one of the few disciplines that comfortably bridges the liberal arts and sciences. Geography is the ideal major for students interested in solving real-world environmental and social problems. Students who are interested in using innovative technologies to inspire and support positive change in the local and global communities make good geographers. Our graduates are well prepared for graduate school or to enter into a rewarding career. 

Students out in the field


  • Using innovative technologies
  • Making positive change in the community
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Water and natural resource management
  • Eco-tourism and international business
  • Environmental education

icon Learn

  • Geospatial skills and techniques
  • Computer cartography
  • GPS data collection
  • Air-photo interpretation
  • GIScience
  • Sustainable development/design
  • An understanding of diverse cultures and environments
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Wilderness exploration
  • International development


  • Urban and regional planning
  • Climatology
  • Transportation
  • Water and natural resource management
  • Natural hazards
  • Eco-tourism
  • International business

iconCareer Opportunities

  • E.& J. Gallo Winery
  • Turlock Irrigation District
  • PG&E
  • Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center
  • Stanislaus State
  • City of Modesto
  • National Park Service
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Resource Conservation Service
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture

icon Degrees and Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography with concentrations in:
    - Physical Geography/ Environmental Studies
    - Cultural/Social Geography
    - Geospatial Technology
    - Global Studies Development
    - California Studies
  • Minors in Geography:
    - Environmental & Resource Studies
    - Permaculture
  • Those majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies or Social Sciences can complete their concentration in Geography. An Urban & Community Studies concentration is also available.
  • Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Geospatial Analysis of Human Environmental Chang

Geography Student

"My experiences as a geography major have helped prepare me for whatever comes next. They gave me chances to test my problem-solving capabilities, challenge my creativity and think outside my comfort zone."

Anthony Fagundes
Geography Alumnus