May 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


 Department Chair: Paul Laris

Department Office: PH1, Room 210
Telephone: (562) 985‑4977 / (562) 985-8432

Faculty: Hyowon Ban, Suzanne Dallman, Deshonay Dozier, Lily House-Peters, Gary Hytrek, Christine L. Jocoy, Paul Laris, Linna Li, Christine M. Rodrigue, Dmitrii Sidorov, Deborah Thien, Suzanne P. Wechsler


Undergraduate: Lily House-Peters
Graduate: Suzanne Dallman, Suzanne Wechsler

Administrative Support Coordinator: Carol Philipp, Beth Moody Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

College: College of Liberal Arts  

Courses: GEOG  

Career Possibilities

GIScientist • Urban Planner • Cartographer • Geovisualization • Urban or Environmental Planner • GIS Web Developer • Emergency Management Specialist • Natural Resources Manager • Environmental Monitor • GIS analyst • Hazards Analyst • Water Quality Scientist • Transportation Planner • Travel Counselor/Agent • Real Estate Appraiser • Environmental Analyst • Intelligence Analyst • Marketing Analyst • Community Development Specialist • Demographer • Recreation Resource Planner • Climatologist • Restoration Ecologist • Environmental Impact Report Writer • Teacher • Sustainability Specialist • Climate Change Adaptation Planner • Wilderness Conservation • UAV/Drone Specialist


Geography focuses on the spatial organization of human and physical landscapes, the interactions between human society and the physical environment, as well as on the meanings that people bring to their place in the world.

The Department offers the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees, Geography Minor, and two certificates. For further information, go to the department or visit For the Master of Arts degree in Geography, candidates are responsible for the general requirements stated in this catalog as well as the specific departmental requirements contained in the Geography Master of Arts Handbook.