Geography BA

Total Units Required: 120

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The Bachelor of Arts in Geography is available to students through two options.

The option in environmental studies. This option provides students interdisciplinary perspectives on critical environmental issues. Drawing from the natural and social sciences, this option equips students to understand issues at a global scale and also provides them opportunities to engage in problem-solving at the local level. This option is tailored for students interested in environmental policy, planning, stewardship, applied conservation, restoration, ecological sustainability, and global climate change. Students gain knowledge and skills to understand and intervene in urban, rural, and regional processes. Graduates will contribute to the creation of livable communities, regenerative economies, and sustainable places.

The option in landscape studies. The focus of this option is on cultural and physical landscapes and the natural processes and diverse cultures that have shaped them. Students examine landscapes from the perspectives of physical and human geography at scales that range from the local to the global. Knowledge of climate patterns, vegetation, and landforms combined with an understanding of societal trends such as urban expansion and migration will demonstrate how landscapes are a synthesis of human and natural environments of the past, present, and future. An emphasis on field-based learning sharpens students’ observational and interpretive skills and helps them learn about real-world social and environmental issues while recognizing and drawing from the knowledge of diverse peoples and places to become more mindful citizens as they engage in environmental stewardship, policy, and land-use planning.