The Program at SSU

Geography at SSU focuses on nature-society interactions and on the analytical techniques and computer mapping technologies used to study those issues. It blends environmental and human geography, preparing students to research and solve problems around people's interaction with the environment.

As a major in Geography at Sonoma State, you will take a wide range of classes in both the natural and social sciences in state-of-the-art classrooms and labs. Many classes include field trips and field projects to enhance the classroom experience. You will gain many marketable skills, including research and writing skills, analytical problem solving, field experience, and computer technology skills.You may also choose to make an internship part of your study plan during your senior year.

Learning Objectives

Students who participate in the major with enthusiasm and dedication will:

  1. Understand the basic processes of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and biosphere, and how those physical processes shape the patterns of the Earth's surface
  2. Understand the origins, characteristics, processes, and distribution of the world's major economic and political systems, and culture areas
  3. Understand how a region's economic, political, cultural, demographic, and environmental processes intertwine within a region, between regions, and across scales to create the Earth's complex human-environment mosaic, and its rural and urban landscapes
  4. Use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, analyze, and report information from a spatial perspective
  5. Understand how geospatial technology and procedures can be used for geographic inquiry and analysis
  6. Understand how human actions modify the physical environment and how the physical environment impacts human systems
  7. Have strong skills in oral and written communication