San Diego State University - Department of Geography

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The SDSU Geography Department offers undergraduate, Masters and PhD programs with concentration in human and physical geography, and methodological technologies. The department now offers a new MS/BS program in Geographic Information Science. The department has 16 full time faculty, seven emeritus professors, seven lecturers, and one adjunct faculty with a diverse range of research interests, including physical, cultural, urban and economic geography, environmental, natural resource and land use analysis, remote sensing, geographic information systems, and spatial techniques.

We have an active and collegial group of faculty, staff, and students, housed in a first-rate office setting that contains state-of-the-art laboratory facilities. We are also fortunate to live in one of the most attractive and vibrant cities in the country. San Diego boasts a beautiful physical environment and offers its residents a wide variety of cultural and physical activities (and a terrific climate).

SDSU's Undergraduate Program currently has about 135 majors. Undergraduates may fulfill their degree requirements in accordance with one of six tracks. These tracks include: the general program, either of two environmental tracks, a physical geography track, a methods of geographical analysis track, or an urban and regional analysis track.

The Master's Program has been tremendously successful and enjoys an excellent reputation across the country. Approximate 60 M.A. and M.S. students are in residence (many of which are employed by the department as graduate assistants or graduate teaching assistants). Over a recent 3-year period, SDSU turned out one quarter of all the geography master's graduates in the state of California while maintaining very high academic standards. Students work closely with faculty advisors on their theses, and career prospects for master's graduates have been excellent.

The Certificate in Geographic Information Science is a joint program of the Department of Geography and the Department of Computer Science.

Source: Department Website June 2010

Additional Info

  • Department Name: Department of Geography
  • Disciplines and Research Areas: Geography, Environmental Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Geomatics, Human Geography, Physical Geography
  • Degrees: Certificate, BA, BS, MA, MS
  • State: California
  • City: San Diego
  • Phone: (619) 594-5437