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Geography Department

BA - Geography

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements44
Core Lower Division General Education24
Of the 39 units required by the university, 15 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentM73
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IIM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
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.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
GEOG 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
Preparation for the Major3
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
UNVS 015C or UNVS 016C may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major.
Requirements of the Major54
Core Geography Courses18
GEOG 001. Geography of Natural EnvironmentsB13
GEOG 010. Cultural GeographyD13
GEOG 012. Global GeographyD23
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
FLP Study Abroad can be substituted for the Field Study Requirement.
Upper Division Breadth Requirements36
Human Geography9
Complete three courses from:
GEOG 105. Urban Geography3
GEOG 110. Urbanization in the Global South3
GEOG 112. Nations, Cultures, and Territorial DisputesV3
GEOG 115. Geography of the Global Economy3
GEOG 117. Advanced Economic Geography3
GEOG 125. Selected Topics in Human Geography3
GEOG 161. City Life3
Physical Geography9
Complete three courses from:
GEOG 120. Food Supply and Agricultural Systems3
GEOG 121. Population and Global Change3
GEOG 124. Topics in Physical Geography3
GEOG 130. Natural Resources3
Geospatial Techniques and GIS6
Complete two courses from:
GEOG 107. Mapping the World3
GEOG 171. Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
GEOG 172. Cartography: Compilation and Presentation3
GEOG 173. Cartography: Dynamic and Interactive Mapping3
GEOG 175. Geographic Information Systems: Project Development3
GEOG 181. Remote Sensing: Basic Theory and Image Interpretation3
Regional Synthesis9
Complete three courses from:
GEOG 145. California3
GEOG 150. Latin America and the Caribbean3
GEOG 155. Europe3
GEOG 160. East and South Asia3
GEOG 168. Sub-Saharan Africa3
Capstone Course3
GEOG 199. Senior Seminar3
University Electives19

Total Units:120