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 human geography and planning. This option focuses on major challenges and trends of society, including the growth, ageing, and distribution of populations; urban expansion and decline; the distribution of resources; global cultural and economic diversity; and ecological sustainability. 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 physical and environmental geography. The focus is on the physical geographic processes that take place on Earth as well as human-environment relations. Drawing from the natural and social sciences, physical and environmental geographers study climate patterns; landforms; environmental policy; planning; and stewardship including forests, rangelands, and wetlands; the role of fire in nature and society; applied conservation, restoration, and stewardship; and global climate change, mitigation, and adaptation. Graduates will address critical social and ecological issues into the future through professional work in environmental impact analysis, environmental planning, and natural resource stewardship.