Bachelor of Arts in Geography California State University, Fresno
The subject matter of geography is diverse. Geographers examine and analyze patterns of rural and urban settlement, resource exploitation, land use, and social and cultural phenomena. They are concerned with the natural features and processes of the earth's surface, the ways in which nature has conditioned the human occupancy of the earth, and the ways in which people have modified natural landscapes.
In sum, geography seeks to provide a broad understanding of the world, its people, and its problems and to provide applied specializations and technical skills that can address economic, social, and environmental problems at scales that range from local to global.
What You Can Learn
- How the many cultures of the world interact with one another
- How the physical systems of the Earth function
- The plight of nature, the values of nature preserved, and humanity's attempt to preserve nature
- Effects of human activities on the natural world
- How to use geospatial analyses to study the physical and social sciences
The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geography requires the completion of 120 units, at least 36 of which shall be in geography.
1. Major requirements (36 units)
Core courses (18 units)
GEOG 2, GEOG 4, GEOG 5, GEOG 7, GEOG 30, GEOG 141
Approved geography electives (18 units)
Any geography or city and regional planning courses; however, at least 12 units must be upper-division.
2. General Education requirements (48 units)
3. Other requirements (9 units)*
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing
4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies); may be used toward a double major or minor
5. Total (120 units)**
* Students must complete an approved upper-division writing course at this university with a grade of CR or letter grade of C or better.
** G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details This total reflects the use of GEOG 4 in G.E. Breadth D2. Consult the department chair or faculty advisor for additional details and guidance on electives.
What You Can Do
There is a demand for geographers in the following fields:
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Locational Analysis
- Intelligence and Security
- Land and Resource Management
- Policy Research
- Industrial Development
- Environmental Analysis