BA in Geography (Metropolitan Area Planning)

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

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Geography with a concentration in Metropolitan Area Planning helps students understand how cities have evolved, with an emphasis on spatial patterns and the role of transportation in structuring settlements. The concentration provides students with skills for designing cities that address important issues such as sustainability, affordable housing and transportation, a strong civic life, and public health and safety.


  • 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 Metropolitan Area Planning (15 units)

GEOG 109Geographic Information Systems3
GEOG 148Urban and Regional Planning3
GEOG 141Geography of Economic Activity3
or GEOG 145 Population Geography
GEOG 147Urban Geography3
or GEOG 149 Transportation Geography
Select one of the following technique elective courses:3
Computer Cartography
Remote Sensing
Advanced Geographic Information Systems
Applied GIS
Quantitative Methods in Geography
Field Geography: Urban-Metropolitan 1
Field Geography: Suburban-Rural 1
Total Units15

Additional Recommended Courses

The courses below provide valuable additional knowledge and perspectives for students choosing the MAP concentration:

ECON 132State and Local Government Finance3
ECON 180Urban Economics3
ENVS 122Environmental Impact Analysis: CEQA and NEPA3
GEOG 131California3
GEOG 161California's Water Resources3
HIST 163The City in US History 13
HIST 184/ART 118BCalifornia Architecture and Urban History3
RPTA 154Management of Recreation Facilities3

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 (6-9 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course 20
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 30 - 3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units39-42

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