Become a Geography Major at SDSU

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SDSU Geography is one of the oldest and largest Geography Departments in Southern California. A Geography Major will provide you with the education and skills to pursue a wide range of career options. Geographers pursue rewarding careers in education, business, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. The median annual salary of geospatial information scientists and technologists is $80K in 2014 Leave geography site, and the median annual salary of environmental scientists is $67K Leave geography site.

Examples of jobs that recent Geography Undergraduates have obtained following their graduation are:

  • Air Quality Specialist
  • Environmental Planning Associate
  • Infrastructure Development Mapping
  • GIS Technician
  • Environmental Resource Planning Assistant
  • Restoration Ecologist
  • Mapping Underwater Resources
  • Environmental and Oceanographic Resources – GIS
  • Environmental Scientist
  • County of San Diego Public Works Planner
  • City of San Diego Planner

Undergraduate Program

In SDSU’s Geography Program, students are introduced to a strong foundation in physical and human geography, supported by skills in Geographic Information Systems and other methodologies. Because Geography is an interdisciplinary science, we have seven relevant emphases that are designed to immerse students in studies that appeal to specific areas of interest, thus providing flexibility within a more structured context. Our lab facilities and Department offices are all contained within the 3rd floor of Storm Hall, as well as a study room for class work, group projects, reading and relaxing.

Many of our classes have field experience in one to multiple day trips; students are also encouraged to engage in related workshops, conferences, and networking opportunities. Internships are highly encouraged, and students often take these in their senior year, where they not only gain valuable related experience, but also course credit.

Geography Undergraduates are eligible for many scholarships and awards Leave geography site. Additionally, each student can contact the Department Scholarship Committee Chair for further information on applying for a scholarship.