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.

Why Major in Geography?

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.

What is GIS?

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an interdisciplinary field of study closely linked with geography, cartography, spatial analysis, and information technology. In reality, GIS is now a part of an incredible variety of industries and government interests... For more information click here.


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

 Dan Walsh View profile information for Staff Member Dan Walsh Spring 2022 Chair
Office BGS 350
(949) 582-4398

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

Core Courses and Resources

Geography Courses

Core Courses

  • GEOG 1 Physical Geography (3 units)
  • GEOG 1H Honors Physical Geography (3 units)
  • GEOG 1L Physical Geography Lab ( 1 unit)
  • GEOG 2 Cultural Geography (3 units)
  • GEOG 2H Honors Cultural Geography (3 units)


  • GEOG 3 World Regional Geography (3 units)
  • GEOG 38 California Geography (3 units)
  • GEOG 102 Geography Field Studies (1 unit)
  • GEOG 106 Field Studies of Desert Regions (1 unit)
  • GEOG 107 Field Studies of Mountain Regions (1 unit)
  • GEOG 108 Field Geography (2 units)
  • GEOG 109 Field Studies of Coastal Regions (1 unit)


  • GEOG 110 Intro to GIS ( 2 units) NOTE: GIS 110 is cross-listed as GEOG110. Credit is given in either area, but not both.
  • GEOG 211 Intermediate GIS (2 units) NOTE: GIS 211 is cross-listed as GEOG 211. Credit is given in either area, but not both.

Faculty and Students

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of an AA or AA-T degree in Geography, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate map literacy.

2. Identify and describe a location (place) based on characteristics that distinguish them from other places on earth.

3. Identify and describe movement of geographic phenomena.

Student Learning Outcomes