About the Department
The SDSU Geography Department offers undergraduate, Masters and PhD programs with concentrations in human and physical geography, and methodological technologies. The department has 20 full time faculty, 11 emeritus professors, four lecturers, and numerous 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.
The Department has an active and collegial group of faculty, staff, and students, and state-of-the-art office and laboratory facilities. San Diego is also one of the most attractive and vibrant cities in the country. The region has a beautiful physical environment, pleasant climate, and a wide variety of cultural and physical activities.
San Diego State University (SDSU), founded in 1897, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area, and is part of the California State University system. It is the third-oldest university in the California State University system, and one of the oldest universities in California. SDSU has a student body of more than 35,000 and an alumni base of more than 250,000. SDSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution and is ranked in the top 20 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for ethnic diversity.
The Carnegie Foundation has designated the institution “Doctoral/Research University - Intensive,” and the campus offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees (Ph.D. and Ed.D) in a total of 191 fields.