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Undergraduate frequently asked questions

The following is a list of commonly asked questions and answers about the Geography undergraduate program at SDSU.

Q. How do I become a Geography major?

A. Set up an appointment with the Undergraduate Advisor (Diana Gauss Richardson) and discuss the choices of programs (B.A. or B.S.) and emphasis. Complete (with the Advisor) the Declaration or Change of Undergraduate Major and Minor Form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office in the Student Services Building.

Q. Is there an email address where I can receive important Department information?

A. Yes, get a University Rohan account (go to Web Portal and you can do it online), and give the address to Diana Gauss Richardson or Harry Johnson ( and ask them to put you on the Dept. email list. Then you will get all Department emails that go out to students.

Q. Can I make an Academic Plan for my major classes?

A. Yes, the Advisor can help you formulate an academic plan for your major. This will help you stay on track for graduation.

Q. Are there specific scholarships available to Geography majors?

A. Yes, go to the Financial Aid and Scholarships page on the SDSU web site, and follow the steps to see what specific Geography-related scholarships are available. Currently, six are shown on that page, and most applications for these are due in early February.

Q. Should I get an Internship; how do I find one; and when should I look?

A. Internships are strongly encouraged as they provide a link between academic experience and career. Contact the Internship Coordinator (Diana Gauss Richardson) for information on ways to find an internship, and how to receive credit as a Geography major.

Q. What is the job market for a Geography major?

A. Since Geography is such a broad and diverse topic, the jobs also range through many areas. Check out the alumni section of the Geography web page to see just some of the careers that Geographers have. Also, go to the Association of American Geographers web page to see the kinds of jobs that they list. Generally, Geographers work in many areas of planning – urban, environmental, regional, infrastructure (like transportation); they work in natural resources management, such as Forest Service, water planning and management, habitat management; they work in a great variety of GIS-related positions, which is the fastest growing field in Geography; and many others.

The statements found on this page/site are for informational purposes only. While every effort is made to ensure that this information is up to date and accurate, official information can be found in the university publications.

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