Geography Department


We are the only Geography Department in the booming Silicon Valley. Our location in downtown San Jose provides the department a wonderful urban geography laboratory. We offer courses in all the academic sub-disciplines of geography including GIS and spatial analysis. We have long-standing relationships with government agencies, other universities, and the City of San Jose. We are developing research and educational partnerships with Facebook, Apple, Netflix, and Google as these, and other powerful technology companies are nearing the cusp of a locational analytics explosion. Geography is a rapidly growing field and our students gain the critical thinking, analytic and problem-solving abilities to prepare them to participate fully in rewarding careers. Prospective students are encouraged to consult the geography website ( as well as the informational brochures available in the department office (WSQ 118.)

Departmental Geography Honors Program

Graduation with departmental honors in geography can be achieved by successful completion of any geography graduate seminar open to those seniors with a 3.5 GPA in geography, or completion of an Honors Thesis under supervision of a department faculty member. Students must have a 3.5 GPA in geography to qualify for Honors Thesis option.