BA in Geography (Geographic Information Systems and Analysis)

Units required for Major: 46
Total units required for BA: 120

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems and Analysis emphasizes student development of geospatial skills. Geographic Information Science, cartography, remote sensing, and quantitative methods prepare students to tackle any problem with a spatial dimension—from advising an individual firm on good locations for a new branch or supplier to modeling the spread of wildfires across a region to analyzing the global spread of diseases or new technologies. 


  • Every candidate must complete all of the Geography Core and one Concentration.
  • Courses cannot double count for the core and the concentration.
  • Students must take at least FOUR courses, with at least one each from Data Analysis and Data Output categories.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Core Courses (10 Units)
GEOG 1Physical Geography: The Distribution of Natural Phenomena 13
GEOG 2Cultural Geography 13
GEOG 3Introduction to Maps and Geographic Technologies3
GEOG 11Laboratory in Physical Geography1
Required Upper Division Core Courses (9 Units)
GEOG 102Ideas and Skills in Geography3
GEOG 118Earth Transformed3
GEOG 190Senior Research Seminar in Geography 13
Geography Core (12 Units)
Select one course from each of the following four areas:12
Geographic Techniques
Computer Cartography
Remote Sensing
Geographic Information Systems
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Applied GIS
Quantitative Methods in Geography
Field Geography: Urban-Metropolitan
Field Geography: Suburban-Rural
Field Geography: Physical
Human Geography
Geography of Economic Activity
Population Geography
Urban Geography
Urban and Regional Planning
Transportation Geography
Applied GIS
Physical Geography
Elements Of Meteorology
Global Climate Change
California's Water Resources
Regional Geography
United States and Canada
Geography Of East Asia
Geography Of Europe
Concentrations (15 Units)
Select a concentration from the following:15
Geographic Information Systems and Analysis Concentration
Human Geography Concentration
Metropolitan Area Planning Concentration
Physical Geography Concentration
Total Units46

Concentration in Geographic Information Systems and Analysis (15 units)

GEOG 109Geographic Information Systems3
Select four of the following, with at least one each from both groups:12
Group 1: Data Analysis
Remote Sensing
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Quantitative Methods in Geography
Group 2: Data Output
Computer Cartography
Applied GIS
Special Problems
Total Units15

It is recommended that students take the following to satisfy their Geographic Techniques core area requirement:

GEOG 193AField Geography: Urban-Metropolitan3
GEOG 193BField Geography: Suburban-Rural3
GEOG 193CField Geography: Physical3

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (9 Units)
B1 - Physical Science 20
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5) 20
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (9 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course 20
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units42

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (6 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI) 20
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 36