Geography and GIS Department

""Focuses on the study of the description of land, sea, air, and the distribution of plant and animal life including man and his industries.

The curriculum in the Geography program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer by providing the necessary breadth in the field, an introduction to the methods used, and the ability to complete both major preparatory coursework along with courses required for general education. Students who complete the Associate in Arts Degree in Geography for Transfer receive priority admission to the California State University system, though admission to a specific campus is not guaranteed. While an associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion, a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers, which can be achieved through transfer.


""Maureen Smith View profile information for Staff Member Maureen Smith Faculty Website Maureen Smith
Department Chair
Office BGS 350

 Dan Walsh View profile information for Staff Member Dan Walsh
Office BGS 350
(949) 582-4398

Austin Beahm 
Office BGS 348
949-582-4868 (email preferred)

Core Courses and Resources


  • GEOG 1 Physical Geography
  • GEOG 2 Cultural Geography
  • GEOG 3 World Regional Geography
  • GEOG 38 California Geography
  • GEOG 102 Field Studies
  • GEOG 106 Desert Regions
  • GEOG 107 Mountain Regions
  • GEOG 108 Field Studies
  • GEOG 109 Coastal Regions
  • GEOG 110 Intro to GIS
  • GEOG 211 Intermediate GIS

Faculty and Students