Undergraduate Program

Exploring the world, the region, the people, and the environment....

Major Concentrations

Geography majors specialize in at least one subfield of geography, appropriately preparing them for their professional goals or graduate school. For more information, please contact a geography faculty member or refer to the university catalog.

  • Cultural/Social Geography (Human Geography)
  • Physical Geography& Environmental Studies
  • Geospatial Technology 
  • Global Studies & Development
  • California Studies

Professional Developement

Geography majors are encouraged to bridge their academic preparation with future professional goals. We provide several opportunities for our students to expand their horizons.

  • GEOG 4000 - Current Trends, a weekly symposium bring speakers to meet our students
  • GEOG 4720 - Local Field Excursions, attend the California Geographical Society conference
  • GEOG 4930 - Planning Issues, work with local planners
  • GEOG 4940 - Internship, work with a local agency or company
  • Study Abroad


At the end of their undergraduate education our major complete one of three capstone courses. These courses bring together their undergraduate experience. One capstone course is offered annually.

  • GEOG 4700 - Geographic Processes & Landscapes (WP)
  • GEOG 4710 - Field Methods (WP)
  • GEOG 4800 - Survey of Geographic Thought & Literature

Learning Objectives

When earning their bachelors our graduates:

  • Demonstrate skills in geospatial analysis and understand the interpretative capacity of geospatial technologies and their place in society.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the earth's physical and environmental processes.
  • Analyze the natural and human processes that affect society and the environment in specific regions and locales.
  • Apply qualitative and quantitative methodologies to help our communities, monitor natural areas, plan sensible urban developments, and observe human trends. 
  • Examine diversity of peoples, places, and environments within a specific region or around the world.
  • Evaluate the theories and philosophies underlying geographical and environmental inquiry.

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