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Geography Department


BA - Geography


Course Requirements

General Education Requirements39
Of the 51 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
Preparation for the Major3
Complete one course from:
GEOG 195. Spatial Analysis3
GIS concentration requires GEOG 195
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
UNVS 015C or UNVS 016C may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major through the Summer 2014.
Requirement of the Major48-51
Core Geography Courses21
GEOG 001. Geography of Natural EnvironmentsB13
GEOG 010. Cultural GeographyD13
GEOG 101. Global GeographyD23
GEOG 115. Geography of the Global Economy3
GEOG 135. Qualitative Methods in Geographical Research3
GEOG 170. Introduction to Mapping and Geographic Information Systems3
Complete one course from:
GEOG 186. Field Study in Physical Geography3
GEOG 187. Field Study in Human and Historical Geography3
Specialization Areas in Geography24-27
Select one of the three specialization areas.
Specializations are a cluster of courses used by departments for advising purposes. Specializations will not appear on transcripts or diplomas. Please see advisor for more details.
Global Analysis24
Complete four courses from:
GEOG 105. Urban Geography3
GEOG 107. Mapping the World3
GEOG 112. Nations, Cultures, and Territorial DisputesV3
GEOG 120. Food Supply and Agricultural Systems3
GEOG 121. Population and Global Change3
GEOG 123. Geography for K-12 Teachers3
GEOG 124. Topics in Physical Geography3
GEOG 125. Selected Topics in Human Geography3
GEOG 130. Natural Resources3
GEOG 171. Map and GIS Analysis3
GEOG 172. Cartography: Compilation and Presentation3
GEOG 181. Remote Sensing: Basic Theory and Image Interpretation3
Complete four courses from:
GEOG 125. Selected Topics in Human Geography3
GEOG 140. The United States3
GEOG 145. California3
GEOG 150. Latin America and the Caribbean3
GEOG 155. Europe3
GEOG 160. East and South Asia3
GEOG 168. Sub-Saharan Africa3
Urban Analysis24
Area Requirements15
Complete five courses from:
GEOG 105. Urban Geography3
GEOG 145. California3
GEOG 172. Cartography: Compilation and Presentation3
GEOG 173. Cartography: Dynamic and Interactive Mapping3
GEOG 181. Remote Sensing: Basic Theory and Image Interpretation3
GEOG 182. Remote Sensing: Digital Analysis3
Area Support Coursework9
URBP 101. The CityS3
Complete two courses from:
ANTH 125. Urban Anthropology3
ECON 166. Urban Economics3
POLS 103. Local Government and Politics3
POLS 114. Introduction to Public Administration3
SOCI 161. City Life3
URBP 151. Introduction to Urban Design3
URBP 178. Intro to Regional Transport Planning3
Geographic Information Science27
Area Requirements18
Complete six courses from:
GEOG 171. Map and GIS Analysis3
GEOG 172. Cartography: Compilation and Presentation3
GEOG 173. Cartography: Dynamic and Interactive Mapping3
GEOG 175. Geographic Information Systems: Project Development3
GEOG 178. Geographic Information Systems Project3
GEOG 181. Remote Sensing: Basic Theory and Image Interpretation3
GEOG 182. Remote Sensing: Digital Analysis3
GEOG 195. Spatial Analysis3
Area Support Coursework9
MATH 019. PrecalculusB45
CS 046A. Introduction to Programming4
Capstone Course3
GEOG 199. Senior Seminar3
University Electives19-28

Total Units:120

Major who select either the Global Analysis or Urban Analysis areas may acquire proficiency in Geographic Information Science by completing the requirements for the Certificate in Geographic Information Science.

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