Geography, BA

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 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.

Geography, BA Catalog Listing

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
  • Researcher
  • Emergency Management Specialist
  • Geo-intelligence Specialist
  • Logistics Manager
  • Mapping Technician
  • Journalist
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Urban Planning
  • Transportation Analysis
  • Site-location Analysis
  • Consulting Firms
  • Local, State, Federal Agencies
  • Teaching

Undergraduate Honors

Department Honors are awarded on the transcript when an undergraduate geography major earns a ‘B’ or higher grade in a graduate geography course.

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