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2019-2020 General Catalog 
    
2019-2020 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Geography and Environment, B.A.



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Note: Modifications to the curriculum were under review at the time this catalog was published. Please see the Addendum  and check the with the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning for the most current degree requirements.

In keeping with the disciplines of Geography and Environmental studies, our Geography and Environment degree focuses upon bridging the natural and social sciences in order to produce more holistic and systemic analysis.

Our Geography and Environment degree offers students the option of five concentrations within the broader discipline. These concentrations provide students with disciplinary breadth and allows them to pursue their interests in: Environmental Systems, Society, Environment, and Development, Geospatial Analysis and Technology, Sustainable Communities, and Urban Planning.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree program all concentrations share foundational and intermediate courses, which ensure that graduates have a strong background in both the natural, social, and quantitative sciences while developing their research and problem-solving skills. The foundational and intermediate courses focus on four areas reflecting our concentrations: Human/Environmental Relations, Environmental Systems, Geospatial, Sustainable Communities and Geospatial and Applied Quantitative Analysis.

More specialized concentration courses provide a depth of knowledge in the student’s chosen concentration. All students culminate their studies by taking Professional Development, Practical Experiences, and a two semester Capstone course. In addition, the curriculum strengthens students’ writing, critical thinking, and oral presentation skills; areas that are important for any successful career. The department’s strong intern program further affords students on-the-job experience.

  Degree Requirements Units  
  General education 50  
  Major Courses 54-57  
  General Electives 22-38  
  Total units needed for graduation 120  

Note: Courses required for the major must be taken for a traditional letter grade, except for courses that are offered CR/NC only. Students must earn a C- or better in any course applied to the major.

Foundation Courses (11-12 units)


Choose one from each category

*Please see the Addendum  for updated information regarding GEP 206  

Breadth Courses (14-16)


Choose one course from each category

Professional Preparation (2 units)


Capstone (6 units)


GEP 490/491 sequence will total 6 units

  • GEP 490 Capstone Project methods (Fall) 2-3 units
  • GEP 491 Capstone Project (Spring) 3-4 units

Practical Experience (0-2 units)


Sample Four-year Program


Geography and Environment, B.A.


This is just an example of how one might plan four years as a GEP student. Most GE classes can be taken in any order or sequence. Consult  with your advisor for suggestions on when to take particular courses.

Freshman Year: 30 Units


Fall Semester (14 Units)

Core Course:

Spring Semester (15-16 Units)

  • GE /Elective Unit(s): 3-4
  • GE /Elective Unit(s): 4
  • GE /Elective Unit(s): 4
Core Course:

Sophomore Year: 30 Units


Fall Semester (15 Units)

Disciplinary Breadth Unit(s): 4

GE /Elective Unit(s): 3

GE /Elective Unit(s): 3

Supporting Course Units(s): 4

Core Course:

Spring Semester (15 Units)

Disciplinary Breadth Unit(s): 4

GE/Elective Unit(s): 3

GE/Elective Unit(s): 4

Supporting Course Unit(s): 4

 

Core Course:

  • Quantitative Reasoning

Junior Year: 30 Units


Fall Semester (15 Units)

Spring Semester (15 Units)

  • Disciplinary Breadth Credits / Units: 4

  • Disciplinary Breadth Credits / Units: 3

  • Concentration Credits / Units: 3

  • Disciplinary Breadth Credits / Units: 4

  • Unit(s): 1-2 (1 Unit(s) Required)

Senior Year: 30 Units


Fall Semester (16 Units)

Concentration Unit(s): 3

Concentration Unit(s): 3

Supporting Course Unit(s): 3-4

Capstone Pre-seminar Unit(s): 1-4

University Electives Unit(s): 2

Spring Semester (14 Units)

Concentration Unit(s): 4

Concentration Unit(s): 3

Upper Division GE  Unit(s): 3

Capstone Unit(s): 4

Total Units: 120


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