Bachelors of Arts in Geography

Our Mission...

Is to encourage and advance geographic scholarship by conserving past knowledge, developing new knowledge through ongoing research, and transmitting research findings to our students and the scientific community.The department trains graduate and undergraduate students in analytical, technical, and communication skills needed to participate actively and successfully in a rapidly changing environment and emphasizes the importance of understanding world problems, cultures, and economic-political systems in the context of global interdependence and cooperation. The department's mission at San Jose State University (SJSU) and in the Bay Area is to increase geography's scholarly writing, sponsored research, and professional activities, to develop a comprehensive and relevant undergraduate program, and to provide appropriate General Education courses to core disciplines at SJSU. The department serves by improving academia's ability to meet the urgent demands of current and future communities and to help the business and public sectors solve problems.

Career Options for Geography Majors:

Development Specialist

Community Development Specialist

Economic Development Analyst

Geographic Information Systems Specialist

Park Ranger

Sustainability Coordinator

Natural Resource Management

Real Estate

Policy Consultant


Emergency Management Specialist

Geo-intelligence Specialist

Logistics Manager

Mapping Technician


Foreign Services Officer

Urban Planning

Transportation Analysis

Site-location Analysis

Consulting Firms

Local, State, Federal Agencies


Graduates with a B.A. in Geography will:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of and ability to analyze spatial relationships.
  2. Demonstrate understanding of, and ability to analyze and critique human and environment interactions.
  3. Define and use basic geography tools and techniques.
  4. Demonstrate ability to analyze and compare/contrast global regions.
  5. Demonstrate ability to read and understand research literature and engage in productive research activities.
  6. Demonstrate professional communication skills.

If you are interested in applying for an undergraduate major in Geography, please contact the Geography Advisor.