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Geography, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #1156 (BCR) Los Angeles, CA, United States
Geography Program at California State University Northridge prepares students to understand the environment around us and to interpret the patterns found across Earth’s surface. Comprised of 46 units, the Geography major allows flexibility in course selection, while providing a solid background in human, physical and regional aspects of the discipline.


The Department of Geography at California State University Northridge has a multifaceted institutional mission. In the broadest sense, we strive to meet the institutional goals of California State University by providing excellent instruction, conducting valuable research and engaging in meaningful service to the local, regional and international communities of which we are a part. To accomplish these goals, we endeavor to foster a greater understanding of processes that produce and alter the myriad spatial patterns constituting our human and physical environments.

About the Department

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at California State University, Northridge, prepares students for careers in an increasingly complex and dynamic world. Majors typically graduate with a diverse and relevant skill set in demand by industries in the public and private sector. Students are offered the opportunity to master geospatial techniques, solve complex problems and communicate effectively in relation to human-environment interactions.

The Department of Geography and Environmental Studies offers two B.A. major options in Geography: (1) Geography and (2) Geographic Information Science (GIS). The department also offers a minor in both of these areas. The broad-based Geography program prepares students to understand the sociocultural and natural environment around us and to interpret the patterns found across the Earth’s surface. Comprised of 46 units, the major allows flexibility in course selection while providing a solid background in human, physical and technical aspects of the discipline. The Geography major option in GIS focuses on the study and application of cutting-edge geospatial technologies to investigate social and environmental issues and to provide solutions. This option features a strong technical component based on applications of GIS, digital cartography and remote sensing, along with training in geospatial analysis and decision making.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    National Students: 30 November for fall admission

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultural Geography
  • The Atmosphere
  • Environmental Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Urban Geography
  • Geography of World Ecosystems and Lab
  • Geomorphology and Lab
  • Geography of Environmental Hazards
  • Water, Society, and the Environment

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete the “International Online Application”
  • A $55.00 (US currency) non-refundable application fee
  • All  secondary-school records 
  • Applicants who have studied in the U.S. are also required to have the U.S.institution(s) send official transcript(s) directly to CSUN
  • Submit a copy of your passport information page with your documents

Studyportals Tip: Students should consider taking one of the Pre-Bachelor's below. these courses will be necessary if:

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    18852 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18852 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18852 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18852 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6792 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6792 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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If you are not a resident of California, add $396 per unit.

Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

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