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
  • 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 understanding of the interrelationships and interactions between culture and the environment.
  • Demonstrate general awareness of the theories and philosophies underlying geographical inquiry
  • Demonstrate understanding of the natural and cultural processes that effect society and the environment in specific regions and locales.
  • Acquire awareness of the diversity of peoples, places, and environments within a specific region or around the world.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies that may be applied to help our communities, monitor natural areas, plan sensible urban developments, and observe human trends.
  • Acquire skills in geographic information science and understand the interpretive capacity of geospatial technologies, and their place in society.

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