At Cal State East Bay, students can choose between a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in Geography. A B.S. degree major is appropriately suited for students with career objectives in the professional field of Geography. It is also highly recommended for those planning to enter a graduate school program in Geography. Obtaining a Bachelors of Arts degree major provides for a liberal education, and prepares students for positions in business, government, foreign service, and especially teaching. Combining geography with coursework in other social sciences or with other science fields is excellent preparation for teachers in secondary education.
With the arrangement of a faculty advisor, students in the Bachelor of Science program can select from the following fields of concentration: biogeography, cartography, cultural geography, economic geography, historical geography, history and philosophy of geography, physical geography, regional geography.
The department also offers a Certificate Program in Cartography and G.I.S. for those wanting to learn skills and methods in data collection, interpretation, and analysis as well as the design, compilation, production, and reproduction of maps.
The mission of the Geography MA program delivered by the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at California State University East Bay, is to further deepen and broaden the knowledge and research capabilities of Geography graduates so as to prepare them for a more advanced role in the workforce or for doctoral studies at a major research institution.
Graduates are brought to clearly understand the historical and philosophical origins and underpinnings of modern geographical thought and the important ways that geographic studies and tools are applied in the fields of research and public life. Through seminar discussions and mentored research, graduates deepen their knowledge of contemporary thinking with respect to a broad range of sub-disciplines from across the geographic spectrum. Through either detailed original project work or individual thesis preparation, graduates develop a substantial level of expertise concerning a particular geographic problem, process, and/or region. Graduates are independently able to formulate and rapidly conduct thorough and insightful research using a suite of literary tools from old-fashioned journal reviews to modern on-line searchable databases. They are able to make confident oral presentations on a range of different topics and perform the necessary research, analysis and information processing required in developing them.
Source: Department Website July 2010