Become a Chico State Human or Physical and Environmental Geography or Planning Student

earth as seen from moon

Earth seen from the moon on Feb. 1, 2014 (NASA).

Geography opens doors to a wide variety of careers, such as an environmental specialist, forestry manager, conservation specialist, business location/allocation expert, market researcher, community development and planning specialist, cartographer, satellite image analyst, weather forecaster, water resources manager, sustainability coordinator, renewable energy analyst, environmental restoration specialist, environmental education and interpretation, or K-12 teacher. In fact, almost any career would benefit from a better understanding of geography.

Why our program matters to YOU:

  • Small classroom sizes to maximize hands on learning.
  • Balanced mixture of in class learning (conceptual and technical) and outdoor fieldwork  learning.
  • Because of the relatively small size of our Department, there is great camaraderie among our students and faculty, something that you will not find in other Departments on campus. We become your extended family.  Join the very active Geography Club.
  • Graduates of our programs are well prepared to get a job immediately after graduation in the major you studied in (Something that is not true with most majors on campus).
  • The Department’s curriculum has been deeply invested in Sustainability and the Environment since 1977. We are Environmental studies, management, and policy at Chico State!
  • Many of our students engage in undergraduate internships and research; and present posters, papers, and cartographic designs at meetings of national and regional societies like the AAG (Association of American Geographers), NACIS (North American Cartographic Information Society), APCG (American Pacific Coast Geographers), and CGS (California Geographical Society).
  • There are student scholarships and awards (totaling thousands) that the Department gives out each year.
  • Our students are the main interns on the University nature reserves: Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve (BCCER) and Butte Creek Ecological Reserve (BCER).
  • Need more reasons? Come in and talk with us in Butte Hall 507!