California State University - San Bernardino - Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

ID# 000609
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407
United States
909-537-5000 (Main Phone)
Welcome to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. We are located in one of the most active physical settings on Earth, and we are surrounded by one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world. For example, our students sometimes walk on two tectonic plates during labs, and our primary service area (as a 4-year university) covers a larger region than several states: reaching from the Colorado River, Imperial Valley, and Mojave Desert to the densely settled suburbs of L.A. and the nearby mountains (with ski resorts). Within this region are the highest and lowest points in the continental United States, as well as some of the hottest and coolest locales and some of the wettest and driest places.

Our students learn about this diverse geographic region via three degree tracks: Geography, Environmental Studies, and Global Studies. In addition, we offer a certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).

We offer a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Geography, a B.A. degree in Environmental Studies, as well as three minors (Geography, Geography – Global Studies, and Environmental Studies). Each B.A. degree has two tracks to choose from:

Our B.A. in Geography, General Track covers a wide range of topics such as physical geography, mapping, GIS, remote sensing, regional studies, urbanization, and ecology. The broad and synthetic nature of this degree makes it ideal for a wide range of careers in our region and elsewhere.

Our B.A. in Geography, Global Studies Track addresses the importance of understanding the causes and consequences of globalization. It focuses on processes that determine characteristics and interactions within and between countries and/or global regions.

Our B.A. in Environmental Studies, Track A is a multi-disciplinary degree with courses in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Health Sciences, and Geology. Its purpose is to prepare students for careers in most environmental fields.

Or B.A. in Environmental Studies, Track B is a science-intensive degree that prepares students for careers in environmental monitoring, policy, and consulting.

Our Certificates

Along with our B.A. degrees, we offer a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Our GIS certificate provides training in computer based digital mapping, geospatial data analysis, and remote sensing techniques, from fundamental concepts to advanced applications, giving students technical and administrative skills needed in the job market.
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