Major in Geography and Environmental Planning

 Geography & Environmental Planning majors must complete a minimum of 40 units in geography courses with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher.

Required Courses
GEOG 101PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY3
Select one of the following:3
INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
GEOGRAPHY OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
GEOG 221INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY3
GEOG 232INTRO TO GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCE4
GEOG 375QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 401GROWTH OF GEOGRAPHIC THOUGHT3
Select at least one regional course from the following or from additional courses approved by the department:3
GEOGRAPHY OF THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA
GEOGRAPHY OF MARYLAND
GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA
GEOGRAPHY OF EAST ASIA
GEOGRAPHY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
THE RUSSIAN COLOSSUS: HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY GEOGRAPHIES OF RUSSIA
RETHINKING BRAZIL
GEOGRAPHY OF LATIN AMERICA
THE TWO DOWN-UNDERS: GEOGRAPHIES OF AUSTRALIA AND AOTEAROA-NEW ZEALAND
THE SILK ROAD: THE GEOGRAPHIES OF CENTRAL EURASIA
Electives
Select 18 units of geography electives at the 100–400 level. Electives should reflect the student’s major areas of interest. A maximum of 3 units may be taken at the 100 level and 3 units at the 200 level, or 6 units at the 200 level18
Total Units40

Global Skills Track

The Global Skills Track requires 39 units and focuses on students developing the global competence increasingly required by employers.  It is aimed at developing multicultural skills and critical thinking in cross-cultural scenarios; acquiring the competence for identifying and analyzing the problems faced in an increasingly interconnected world ; and developing geographic and language fluency regarding one or more regions of the world.

In addition to taking selected geography courses for completion of this track, students will be advised toward taking non-geography courses relevant to their topical or regional interests, in order to deepen their skills and knowledge base for successful understanding of complex global issues.

Foreign Language Requirement

Students opting for the Global Skills Track must achieve a level of proficiency equivalent to four terms of college-level language training in a modern foreign language that is offered by or can be tested by the Department of Foreign Languages. The language selected may depend upon the interests of the student. Students can fulfill this language requirement through any of the procedures outlined in the “Meeting B.A. Requirements” section of the Department of Foreign Languages entry in this catalog. Lower-division courses taken in a foreign language do not count toward the 39 units needed to complete the Geography – Global Skills Track.

Required Courses
GEOG 101PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 102WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY3
or GEOG 105 GEOGRAPHY OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
GEOG 109INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN GEOGRAPHY3
GEOG 221INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY3
GEOG 375QUANTITATIVE METHODS IN GEOGRAPHY (In place of GEOG 375, student can take a qualitative methods course with department approval)3
GEOG 401GROWTH OF GEOGRAPHIC THOUGHT3
Group Requirements
Select two upper-level regional courses6
Electives
Select 15 units of geography electives at the 100–400 level. Electives should reflect the student’s major areas of interest. A maximum of 3 units may be taken at the 200 level.15
Total Units39

Major in Geography and Environmental Planning Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or 2)3GEOG 2213
GEOG 101 (Core 8, non-lab)3ENGL 102 or TSEM 102 (Core 2 or 1)3
GEOG 102, 105, or 109 (Core 12)3GEOG Elective 1 3
Core 43Core 143
Elective3Core 7 or 123
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG 2324GEOG 3753
GEOG Elective 23GEOG Elective 33
MATH 111 (Core 3)3Core 84
Core 113Core 103
Elective2-3Elective2-3
 15-16 15-16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG 401 (Core 9)3GEOG Elective 43
GEOG Any Upper-Level Regional course3Core 63
Core 53Elective3
Core 133Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG Elective 53GEOG Elective 63
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120-122

Major in Geography and Environmental Planning Global Skills Track Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or 2)3GEOG 2213
GEOG 101 (Core 7)3ENGL 102 or TSEM 102 (Core 2 or 1)3
GEOG 109 (Core 12)3GEOG 102 or 105 (GEOG Elective 1)3
Core 43Core 143
Elective3Core 7 or 123
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG 2324GEOG 3753
GEOG Elective 23GEOG Elective 33
Core 33Core 84
Core 113Core 103
Elective2-3Elective2-3
 15-16 15-16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG 401 (Core 9)3GEOG Elective 43
GEOG Any Upper-Level Regional course3Core 63
Core 53Elective3
Core 133Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG Elective 53GEOG Elective 63
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120-122

Major in Geography and Environmental Planning with GIS Minor Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or 2)3GEOG 2213
GEOG 101 (Core 7)3ENGL 102 or TSEM 102 (Core 2 or 1)3
GEOG 102, 105, or 109 (Core 12)3GEOG Elective 1 3
Core 43Core 143
Elective3Core 7 or 123
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG 2324GEOG 3753
GEOG Elective 23GEOG Elective 33
Core 33Core 84
Core 113Core 103
Elective2-3Elective2-3
 15-16 15-16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG 401 (Core 9)3GEOG Elective 43
GEOG Any Upper-Level Regional course3Core 63
Core 53Elective3
Core 133Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG Elective 5 - Any Upper-Level Technical course3GEOG Elective 6 - Any Upper-Level Technical course3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120-122

Major in Geography and Environmental Planning with Meteorology Minor Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
TSEM 102 or ENGL 102 (Core 1 or 2)3GEOG 2213
GEOG 101 (Core 7)3ENGL 102 or TSEM 102 (Core 2 or 1)3
GEOG 102, 105, or 109 (Core 12)3GEOG 377 (GEOG Elective 1 )3
Core 43Core 143
Elective3Core 7 or 123
 15 15
Sophomore
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG 2324GEOG 3753
GEOG 373 (GEOG Elective 2)3GEOG 413 (GEOG Elective 3)3
Core 33Core 84
Core 113Core 103
Elective2-3Elective2-3
 15-16 15-16
Junior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG 401 (Core 9)3GEOG 416 (GEOG Elective 4)3
GEOG Any Upper-Level Regional course3Core 63
Core 53EMF 3753
Core 133Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Senior
Term 1UnitsTerm 2Units
GEOG 409 (GEOG Elective 5)3GEOG Elective 6 - Any Upper-Level Technical course3
EMF 4813Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Total Units 120-122
  1. Demonstrate global awareness in a geographic context.
  2. Analyze problems using spatial reasoning and problem solving skills
  3. Acquire geographical information literacy.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication of geographical information.