This program provides a strong foundation in geographic concepts and methods with in-depth course-work in geospatial technology and landscape analysis. Particular strengths include migration and cultural landscape change, urban sustainability, fluvial geomorphology, and environmental and agricultural land cover change. Our program's regional focus is the western United States and Latin America. Beyond the geographic core, students also work with a faculty member in a secondary discipline that informs and enhances their area of study. Students complete courses in this secondary discipline in consultation with their committee.
The program is designed to prepare students for careers in geospatial technology. The program is also intended to prepare students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Geography or a related discipline.
Admission into the M.S. Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Geospatial Analysis of Human-Environmental Change will be limited first to those who meet the eligibility requirements for the graduate school and the department. Applicants must have completed the following:
Baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 units completed.
Minimum of 18 upper-division geography or related coursework.
Writing section of the GRE with a score of 3.5.
Complete the following Geographic Foundation courses:
*Note:An oral defense of the thesis or project is required.Alternative to a thesis/project is a comprehensive examination.Additional elective (6 units) must be taken to replace the thesis/project units when the comprehensive examination option is selected.
Complete the Interdisciplinary Foundation courses as part of a secondary discipline:
Students complete courses in a secondary discipline in consultation with their graduate committee.