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Geography Department

BA - Geography


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education21
Of the 39 units required by the university, 18 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.
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. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM63
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in the United States Historical and Political ProcessM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. U.S. History and GovernmentM63
HIST 015B. U.S. History and GovernmentM73
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 GovernmentM63
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.
GEOG 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
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 2016.
Requirements of the Major51
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 125. Selected Topics in Human Geography3
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. 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 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 Electives25

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.