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Master of Arts in Geography

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 21 units of 500 and 600-level courses

Take the following two courses:

  • GEOG 596 Geographic Thought and Literature (3)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 696 Seminar in Geographical Research Methods (3)
    Prerequisites: GEOG 596, graduate standing in geography, and concent instructor.

Take one advanced geographic methods course, approved by the Thesis Advisory Committee Chair, from the following:

  • GEOG 400 Geographical Analysis (4)
    Prerequisite: GEOG 200 or any introductory statistics course or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 474 Intro to Digital Image Processing (4)
    Prerequisite: GEOG 473 or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 502 Qualitative Geographic Analysis (4)
    Prerequisite: GEOG 360 or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 575 Geographical Applications in Remote Sensing (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOG 473 or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 584 Advanced Concepts in Presentation Cartography (4)
    Prerequisite: GEOG 482 or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 586 Field Methods in Landscape Analysis (4)
    Prerequisite: GEOG 340 or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 587A Applications of GIS: Environment and Natural Resources (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOG 485 or GEOG 585 or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 587B Applications of Geographic Information Science: Urban and Economic (4)
    Prerequisite: GEOG 485 or GEOG 585 or consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 588 Geographic Information Science (GIS) Programming (4)
    Prerequisites: GEOG 485 or GEOG 585 or consent of instructor.

Take 2 topical seminars (each of the following seminars may be taken with credit twice to meet this requirement), from the following:

  • GEOG 640 Seminar in Physical Geography (3)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 650 Seminar in Cultural Geography (3)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 666 Seminar in Urban Geography (3)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 680 Seminar in Geospatial Science (3)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Take 6 units of thesis:

  • GEOG 698 Thesis (6)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

4. A "B" or better in two core courses:

  • GEOG 596 Geographic Thought and Literature (3)
    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
  • GEOG 696 Seminar in Geographical Research Methods (3)
    Prerequisites: GEOG 596, graduate standing in geography, and concent instructor.

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