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Geography

College of Liberal Arts

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Geography - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Geography (code GEOGBA01)

Minor in Geography (code GEOGUM01)

Certificate in Geography Information Science (code GEOGCT01)

Certificate in Urban Studies (code GEOGCT02)

Master of Arts in Geography (code GEOGMA01)

Bachelor of Arts in Geography (code GEOGBA01) (120 units)

Requirements

A grade of “C” or better must be achieved in all upper division Geography courses. The Geography major requires at least 39 units of which at least 9 must be at the 400 level.

Lower Division (12 units):

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • GEOG 200 Introduction to Research Methods for Geographers (3)
    • GEOG 280 Intro Geospatial Techniques (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • GEOG 130 Introduction to Climatology (4)
    • GEOG 140 Introduction to Physical Geography (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • GEOG 100 World Regional Geography (3)
    • GEOG 120 Geography of Human Diversity in U.S. (3)
    • GEOG 160 Introduction to Human Geography (3)

Upper Division (27 unit)

  • Take all of the following courses:
    • GEOG 340 Environmental Geography (3)
    • GEOG 360 Human Geography (3)
    • GEOG 380 Map Interpretation and Analysis (3)
  • Take one Regional course (see list below)
  • Take 3 courses in one of the following concentrations:
    • Environmental/Physical Geography, Human Geography, Geospatial Techniques, or Global/Regional Studies

Major Concentrations

Students are urged to complete courses in each cluster and to seek the advice of the undergraduate advisor and other faculty to identify courses that are best suited to meet their educational and career objectives. In addition, programs may be tailored to meet the needs of individual students especially those choosing to double-major.

  • Environmental/Physical Geography:
    • GEOG 355I, 440, 442, 443, 444, 445, 447, 448, 455, 458, 473, 474, 475, 487A, 481.
  • Human Geography:
    • GEOG 319I, 352, 402, 446, 452, 460, 464, 465, 467, 468, 470, 471 (also HCA 471), 487B.
  • Geospatial Techniques:
    • GEOG 400, 402, 473, 474, 475, 482, 484, 485, 486, 487A, 487B, 488
  • Global and Regional Studies:
    • Global Studies Courses:
      • 319I, 352, 355I, 452, 460, 464, 468, 470.
    • Regional Courses:
      • GEOG 304, 306, 308I, 309I, 313I, 314I, 315I, 316, 318, 321, 322, 326.

Additional Courses

  • The following courses may be included in the above concentrations with approval of the Undergraduate Advisor:
    • GEOG 492, 494, 497.

Minor in Geography (code GEOGUM01)

The Minor in Geography is available to any non-Geography major. Requires a minimum of 18 units.

  • Take one of the following courses:
    • GEOG 130 Introduction to Climatology (4)
    • GEOG 140 Introduction to Physical Geography (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • GEOG 100 World Regional Geography (3)
    • GEOG 120 Geography of Human Diversity in U.S. (3)
    • GEOG 160 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • GEOG 280 Intro Geospatial Techniques (3)
    • GEOG 380 Map Interpretation and Analysis (3)
  • Take at least 9 units of upper division courses with at least one course selected from the 400 series.

Certificate in Geographic Information Science (code GEOGCT01)

Co-Directors: Christopher Lee, Suzanne Wechsler

This certificate provides experience in quantitative spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems, working with remotely sensed imagery and field-derived data, and effective communication through maps. The certificate serves as a supplement to standard degree programs. A brochure describing the GIScience Certificate is available in the department or on-line at www.csulb.edu/geography.

Requirements

  • 1. A bachelor’s degree, which may be earned concurrently.
  • 2. Consultation with the certificate advisor in the Geography Department.
  • 3. Satisfactory completion of prerequisites (9 units):
    • GEOG 200, 280, 380
  • 4. A minimum of twenty three (23) units distributed as follows:
    • A. Core Courses. Take all the following courses:
      • GEOG 400 Geographical Analysis (4)
      • GEOG 473* Remote Sensing (4)
      • GEOG 485/585 Principles of Geographic Information Science (4)
    • B. Specialization (three courses):
      • Students are encouraged to select a specialization in one of the following three areas, although courses can be selected between categories with advisor approval.
      • Geographic Information Systems: GEOG 487A/587A, 487B/587B, 488/588
      • Remote Sensing: GEOG 474*, 475*
      • Cartography: GEOG 482*, 484/584

The following courses may be substituted for the above courses with advisor consent: GEOG 481, 492, 494, 497, 697, 680. Substitutions may also be made for courses in database, computer programming, surveying and/or web design and visualization with approval from the Certificate Advisor.

Certificate in Urban Studies (code GEOGCT02)

The Urban Studies Certificate, housed in the Department of Geography, takes an interdisciplinary approach. Students take a core of courses in Geography and take courses from one of two concentrations (Urban Theory and Practice or Applied Urban Geography). For further information, go to www.csulb.edu/geography.

Requirements

  • 1. A bachelor’s degree, which may be earned concurrently.
  • 2. Consultation with the undergraduate advisor in the Geography Department.
  • 3. 24 units distributed as follows:
    • Core requirements (6 units):
    • Take the following courses:
      • GEOG 301I The Urban Scene (3)
      • GEOG 464 Urban Geography (3)
    • Concentration Requirement (minimum 17 units).
    • Choose One Option:
      • Concentration A - Applied Urban Geography: GEOG 446, 467, 485*, 487B; and one of the following: ASAM 435; CHLS 470I, CAFF 322, 422; GEOG 471 or HCA 471.
      • Concentration B - Urban Theory and Practice: Take six of the following courses: GEOG 467, 468; HIST 469, 474I; ANTH 416; POSC 327; CHLS 421; WGSS 432; DESN 367.

*Students must also take GEOG 380 before enrolling in this course. This course is a prerequisite and does not count toward the Certificate.

Master of Arts in Geography (code GEOGMA01)

Prerequisites

  • 1. A bachelor’s degree in geography; or,
  • 2. A bachelor’s degree with 24 units of upper division courses substantially equivalent to those required for a geography major at this University; or,
  • 3. A bachelor’s degree in a related discipline with 24 units of upper division courses in a combination of geography and approved courses in related disciplines,
  • 4. Completion of introductory methods course,
  • 5. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 ("B") or better in geography, or alternative evidence of ability to do graduate work,
  • 6. Completion of Graduate Record Examination (GRE),
  • 7. File with the department a declaration of intent to seek the master’s degree in geography.

Advancement to Candidacy

  • 1. See the Geography Graduate Student Handbook;
  • 2. See the general University requirements.

Requirements

  • 1. Completion of courses required to remove foundational and prerequisite deficiencies (see prerequisites above),
  • 2. Fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR),
  • 3. Completion of 30 units of approved upper division and graduate courses. A minimum of 24 units of Geography courses. A minimum of 18 units of 500 and 600-level courses
    • Take all the following courses:
      • GEOG 586 Field Methods in Landscape Analysis (4)
      • GEOG 596 Geographic Thought and Literature (3)
      • GEOG 696 Sem in Geographical Research Methods (3)
    • Take 2 seminars, and 6 units of thesis:
      • GEOG 698 Thesis (6)
  • 4. A "B" or better in two core courses:
      • GEOG 596 Geographic Thought and Literature (3)
      • GEOG 696 Sem in Geographical Research Methods (3)