College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

B.A. in Geography

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The Geography and Planning program consists of two options in the major: Human geography and planning; and physical and environmental geography.  The Geography curriculum draws on courses that provide globalization to local knowledge, focused on building resilient communities & landscapes, and providing 21st century technical skills. We explore the institutions involved in the administration of urban planning, natural resources management, and mapping social and environmental data. Our classes also consider the social and environmental issues associated with sustainability and societies’ responses to it. Our graduates provide for sustainable communities and natural landscapes in a variety of contexts. Recent graduates work for city, county and state planning agencies, National Park Service, US Forest Service, Department of Water Resources, Apple, Google, non-profits, and more. While at CSU, Chico, Geography majors participate in a variety of internships and other extracurricular activities. For example, many Geography majors intern at the Universities nature reserves, City of Chico and Butte County planning departments, and the campuses Geographic Information Center and students who have earned the requisite grade point average join our national honor society, Gamma Theta Upsilon. Individuals who are interested in what is where, why it is there, and how we can apply human-environment interaction thinking to solving societal and environmental issues on different communities will find the Geography major a perfect academic home. Geography, something you DO, not something you know.

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