University of California - Berkeley - Geography Department

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Geography at Berkeley includes such broad-ranging topics as the culture of cities and the dynamics of the global economy; race, gender, and social movements; glaciers and climate change; the origins of agriculture and the evolution of plant life. The faculty are as varied and interesting as the classes they teach, as well as outstanding scholars in their fields. What's more, the major curriculum allows for a lot of choice.

Geography at Berkeley offers a Geography Major and Minor and a Doctorate of Philosophy. The Department does not offer a Master’s program.

Geography is a broad academic discipline and attracts students with a variety of professional and academic backgrounds. [Graduate] Students in the department have undergraduate degrees in fields as diverse as anthropology, physics, art history, and economics. Don’t worry if you’re asking yourself, “What is Geography anyway?” The field has changed a lot over the last few decades, and continues to evolve. Many students were attracted to Berkeley Geography by the flexible, interdisciplinary approach and intellectual rigor this ongoing redefinition of the field encourages. The faculty in our department are in the forefront of this transformation.

Source: Department Website June 2010

Additional Info

  • Department Name: Geography Department
  • Disciplines and Research Areas: Geography, Environmental Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Geomatics, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Political Geography, Regional Geography, Remote Sensing, Sustainability, Geography of Resources, Planning, Hazards, Spatial Analysis
  • Degrees: BA, PhD
  • State: California
  • City: Berkeley
  • Phone: 510-642-3903