As an integrative discipline, geography provides the skills needed for leadership and success in a rapidly changing world.
The HSU Geography Department offers an extensive undergraduate program, with both a major and minor, incorporating a wide range of courses in human and physical geography and geographic techniques. The department is nationally renowned for innovative teaching, hands-on learning, and field-study experiences. Our students have won awards at state and national professional conferences for outstanding paper and map presentations.
Special student opportunities include:
- Senior field courses that take students trekking through remote regions of China and Tibet, backpacking in the Grand Canyon and Utah, analyzing urban environments in California and Oregon, and exploring many other venues.
- One-unit weekend field trips exploring such issues as natural resource management in Northern California, historical and cultural geographies of California, and impacts of tourism.
- Innovative courses on diverse topics, including postmodern urban landscapes, human migrations and ethnic conflicts, geography of mountain regions, and arid lands.
- Student opportunities as field and lab assistants for research studies on vegetation and disturbance ecology in California, Alaska and other western U.S. locations in the Dendroecology lab.
- Kosmos computer laboratory for training in geographic visualization and practical application through the Institute for Cartographic Design
- Internships with local government, planning agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the National Park Service. The department has a strong record of placing students in prestigious summer internships with the National Geographic Society.
- Annual student delegation to the West Coast Model Arab League in conjunction with a class on the geography of the Middle East.
- Educational outreach events such as the California State Geographic Bee for K-12 students.
- Trips to annual professional meetings of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers (APCG), North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) and California Geographical Society (CGS) to present student papers, posters, and maps.