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Geography and City and Regional Planning

B.A. in Geography

Degree Requirements

Geography is an integrative discipline that bridges the natural and social sciences. Its distinctiveness is as much a product of its unique approach to the study of the earth and its human inhabitants as it is the subject matter itself. Thus, geography employs a spatial framework for organizational purposes that compares to the chronological framework employed in history.

Core Courses (18 units)

GEOG 2. Introduction to Cultural Geography (3 units)

Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. General background to cultural geography, including origins of cultural landscapes, man's modification of the natural environment, and problems of population and settlement geography. G.E. Breadth D3.

GEOG 4. World Geography (3 units)

Survey of world-wide social, cultural, economic and political forces; earth's physical features; economic development; cultural and natural resources; man-land relationships. Applicable concepts and methodologies. Approach is by continents and/or cultural realms. G.E. Breadth D3.

GEOG 5. Physical Geography: Global Concepts, Weather and Climate (3 units)

The earth as a planet, map projections, location on the earth's surface, time, oceans, weather, and climate. (Fall semesters)

GEOG 7. Physical Geography: The Earth's Surface (3 units)

A survey of those elements of the physical environment at the earth-atmosphere contact. Fundamentals of landform features, soils, natural vegetation, and water bodies. (Spring semesters)

GEOG 30. Introduction to SpatialStatistics (3 units)

Introduction of elementary statistical principles and techniques: probability theory, sampling, descriptive statistics, spatial statistics, hypothesis testing, correlation analysis, bivariate regression, and forecasting. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Spring semesters)

GEOG 141. GIS I: Data Display and Manipulation (3 units)

Prerequisites: GEOG 30 (or equivalent) or permission of instructor. Use of computers in mapping and geographic information systems applications. Operational knowledge of boundary and attribute data manipulation, spatial query, geocoding, and layout using state-of-the-art mapping and geographic information systems software. (2 lecture, 2 lab hours) (Fall semesters)


Complete 12 upper division units select from geography and city and regional planning courses. (Consult advisor)


Complete 6 units select from geography and city and regional planning courses (Consult advisor)


Total units - 36


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