Courses

Smith Carlos Statue

The Department of Geography offers a range of courses on geography and geographic information science.  Our lower division courses introduce both majors and non-majors to a variety of subjects in geography, including Geography of Natural Environments (GEOG 1), Cultural Geography (GEOG 10), and Global Geography (GEOG 12).

Thematic courses address specific topics, such as Urban Geography (GEOG 105), Nations, Cultures, and Territorial Disputes (GEOG 112), Geography of the Global Economy (GEOG 115), and Qualitative Methods in Geographical Research (GEOG 135).  Two courses, Topics in Physical Geography (GEOG 124) and Selected Topics in Human Geography (GEOG 125) address different topics in physical and human geography in any given semester.

Regional courses examine the various physical and human characteristics of different places around the world, including the United States (GEOG 140), California (GEOG 145), Latin America and the Caribbean (GEOG 150), and East and South Asia (GEOG 160).

The Department also offers courses covering various aspects of Geographic Information Science.  Some courses, such as Introduction to Mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GEOG 170) and Map and GIS Analysis (GEOG 171) are introductions to basic mapping and GIS concepts and analysis.  Others, deal with more advanced topics, such as cartographic presentation (GEOG 172: Cartography: Compilation and Presentation) and animation (GEOG 173: Cartography: Dynamic and Interactive Mapping), geographic databases, scripting, and analysis (GEOG 175: Geographic Information Systems: Project Development and GEOG 195: Spatial Analysis), and the use and analysis of aerial photography and satellite imagery (GEOG 181: Remote Sensing: Basic Theory and Image Interpretation and GEOG 182: Remote Sensing: Digital Analysis).  Finally, students have the opportunity to experience geography in the world through our field courses (GEOG 186: Field Study in Physical Geography and GEOG 187: Field Study in Human and Historical Geography).

The Master of Arts in Geography focuses on Geographic Information Science, offering both research seminars (GEOG 239: Geographic Information Technology and GEOG 279: Geographic Information Science Applications) and advanced courses (GEOG 282: Advanced Geographic Techniques and GEOG 286: Geographic Information Systems: Project Management).