California State University - Chico - Department of Geography and Planning

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The Geography and Planning Department is committed to preparing students to effectively participate in our rapidly changing world by engaging them in the exploration of the social, environmental, and technical forces that shape our planet's future. Through effective teaching, advising, and research, our goal is to give students geographic insight into the relationship among human societies and the physical world at different scales.

Undergraduate opportunities includes two options:  Human Geography and Planning or Physical and Environmental Geography.  The Human geography and Planning Option emphasizes a broad liberal arts training in geography. At the same time, many students who choose this option will pursue a career in urban, county or rural planning.  The Physical and Environmental Geography Option emphasizes the conceptual and analytical skills required for professional work in resource management and environmental impact analysis.

The graduate program in the Department of Geography and Planning at California State University, Chico is designed to generate and transmit knowledge and practice associated with human and physical spatial systems, the interrelationship among those systems, and the methods and technologies by which those systems are studied and applied. Our graduate program is committed to the transmission of geographic knowledge.

We integrate geographic research, teaching, research, and service in a manner relevant to the real world and to theoretical problems. Our expectation is that those graduating with the MA will be outstanding professionals, scholars, and educators; our graduates will make significant contributions in academia, government, and in the private and non profit sectors.

Source: Department Website July 2010

Additional Info

  • Department Name: Department of Geography and Planning
  • Disciplines and Research Areas: Geography, Environmental Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Geomatics, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Political Geography, Regional Geography, Remote Sensing, Sustainability, Cartography, Geography of Resources, Planning, Hazards, Spatial Analysis
  • Degrees: Certificate, BA, MA
  • State: California
  • City: Chico
  • Phone: (530) 898-5285