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Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Welcome to the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.


Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, all classes in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at CSUSB scheduled for the Summer Session 2022.  Beginning in the Fall 2022 Semester, a majority of classes taught by the department will be taught in-person at the CSUSB campus.  A limited number of classes will be offered online.

Additionally, the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies will be closed to in-person contact until further notice.  Students needing assistance need to contact Dr. Jennifer Alford, Interim Department Chair, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at or Ms. Stacy Brooks at  Both Dr. Alford and Ms. Brooks can be reached via their office phones - Dr. Alford: 909-537-5562 and Ms. Brooks: 909-537-3573.

For more details concerning how the CSUSB community is addressing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found at:

“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.” —John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra (1911)

Geographers study the world.  We study the interconnectedness and its complexity - from the distribution of resources to the management of water to the study of the floar and fauna of Southern California to the study and application of geospatial science and geographic information systems (GIS).  We are located in one of the most active physical settings on Earth, and we are surrounded by one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world. For example, our students sometimes walk on two tectonic plates during labs, and our primary service area (as a 4-year university) covers a larger region than several states: reaching from the Colorado River, Imperial Valley, and Mojave Desert to the densely settled suburbs of L.A. and the nearby mountains (with ski resorts). Within this region are the highest and lowest points in the continental United States, as well as some of the hottest and coolest locales and some of the wettest and driest places.

The origins of our faculty also reflect geographic diversity: China, India, Europe, and four different regions in the U.S. We often run field trips to locations such as Death Valley, the Mexican borderlands, and the local mountains, cities and ethnic enclaves. Regardless of your specific interests, it is likely you will find something interesting to study and learn about in this dynamic California setting.

Our department currently houses three degree programs: Geography, Environmental Studies, and Global Studies. In addition, we offer a certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS).  The internationally award-winning Model United Nations Program is also housed in the department and serves as a way for students to gain hands-on experience with geopolitics and diplomacy.  The department also houses an active chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon and our department student club, Student Association of Geography and Environmental Studies (SAGES).

Beginning in Fall 2020 Semester, the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies will be home to new and transformed cutting-edge programs that explore local, state, regional, national and global human and physical geography.  Beginning in Fall 2020, the Department will have a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with two concentrations for students to select from -- an Environmental Sustainability concentration or an Environmental Systems concentration.  The Department will continue to house the Bachelor of Arts in Geography that provides a solid foundation of knowledge in the discipline and it will allow students to explore the diversity of topics studied by geographers, including borderlands and migrations, economic and social geography.  For the first time in the history of CSUSB, the Department will also house a Bachelor in Global Studies and a minor in Geographic Information Science.  Minors in Environmental Studies, Geography, and Global Studies are also available for students to explore.

Come and Join Us and Explore the World!