Welcome to the Department of Geography & Environment

Geographers study physical and biological environments, human societies and their spatial interactions, and utilize both environmental science and social science perspectives. We seek to analyze the processes, spatial patterns and consequences of human-environment interaction, and address issues of sustainability. We use maps, fieldwork and geospatial technologies such as GIS to solve real-world problems.  Programs leading to the B.A. in Geography include: Resource ManagementPhysical Geography, Environmental Studies,Techniques in Geographic Analysis, Human Geography, and Urban and Land Use Planning. The M.A. and M.S. graduate programs support international and field research on a wide range of topics related to faculty expertise. Together these provide multiple perspectives and tools to understand the relationships between people and their environments, and solve problems related to local and global change.

 

Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Geog 820 Water:  

From hike on north side of Hetch Hetchy.  Photo:  Alex Roa, 2011.

Karamay Irtix river diversion Karamay Irtix river diversion:  

Photo:  Qian Guo.

Geog 317 2010:  

Soil sample

bikes Critical Mass August 2003:  

Market St., SF.  Photo:  Jason Henderson.

shark attack Geog 316 :  

Shark attack at the Farallone.  Photo:  Kurt Menning.

427 class on a front-end loader Geog 427 :  

Ag & Food students

bike and Muni Transportation SF:  

Photo:  Jason Henderson.

satellite image Geog 610 Remote Sensing of Environment:  

ASTER Image

Gardisky Pass Geog 312 Landforms:  

Gardisky Pass, east of Yosemite, 2004.

students in the redwoods Geog 316:  

in Redwoods.  Photo:  K. Kolodjay.

flooded meadow Geog 810 Geomorphology:  

Knuthson Meadow on May 1 2011.  Photo: by Owen Parker. 

Tianshan Kazak summer camp Tianshan Kazak summer camp:  

Photo:  Qian Guo.

students surveying plants at Briones Geog 657 Natural Resource Management:  

Surveying plants at Briones.  Photo:  B. Holzman

top of Cinder Cone Geog 312, Fall 2011.:  

Lassen from top of Cinder Cone

Shasta Geog 647 Water Resources:  

Mt. Shasta and Shasta Dam.  Photo:  Michael Kohn.

trees in a creek Exhumed 19th Century Forest:  

Greenhorn Creek, hydraulic mining tailings.  Photo:  Jerry Davis

hiking over the dam Geog 647 Water Resources:  

Shasta Dam.  Photo:  Kate Kilduff.

Marble Valley:  

Soil carbon dioxide Field Research, 1997.  Photo:  J. Davis.

Spring 2011 students Geog 810 Geomorphology 2011:  

Hydraulic Mine sluicebox tunnel. Photo:  by Jerry's camera

Whiskeytown Falls Geog 647 Water Resources:  

Whiskeytown Falls.  2009.  Photo:  N. Wilkinson.

AIDS walk AIDS Walk 2012 :  

Geography Team

Uighur woman in western Tarim basin Uighur woman in western Tarim basin:  

Photograph by Qian Guo.

backpackers Geog 312 Landforms 1991:  

Marble Mountains Backpackers.  Photo:  Jerry Davis

redwoods Geog 316 Biogeography:  

Redwoods

students testing soil Geog 317 Soils 2010:  

Testing clay content.  Photo:  L. Blesius.

releasing a weather balloon Weather Balloon:  

Andrew releasing a weather balloon during flux tower demo at RTC.  Photo:  J. Davis.

camp AAG 2009:  

Death Valley Camp. 

student and dairy cow Geog 427 Agriculture & Food Supply:  

Student and dairy cow.   Photo:  Jen Blecha.

Kazak summer camp kids Kazak summer camp kids:  

Photo:  Qian Guo.

bike lane Bike lane on Market St.:  

Photo:  Jason Henderson.

surveying on a beach Geog 101:  

Dune and Beach Survey.  

Karamay petroleum field and city Karamay petroleum field and city:  

Photo: Qian Guo.

strawberry fields Geog 427 at Full Belly Farms:  

Strawberry Gleaners.  Photo: Jen Blecha 

Ione, CA Geog 317:  

Ione soils. Photo:  Scott Weinstock.

pond Geog 810 Geomorphology :  

Pond & Plug Restoration, S2011.

irrigation siphons Geog 427. Ag & Food:  

Students as farm hands, starting irrigation siphons.  Photo:  Jen Blecha.

landslide Geog 810 Hazards:  

Post-fire landslide potential.  Photo:  L. Blesius.

end of term party Dec. 2011:  

End of Term Party in HSS 290.

word cloud of thesis titles 10 years of thesis titles :  

2003-2012

creek leap 312 Lassen:  

Kings Creek, 2010

Irrawaddy Dolphin Research Team Thailand:  

Irrawaddy Dolphin research, Jan 2013

Dolphins Mating Herd:  

Irrawaddy Dolphins in a mating herd in Trat Province, Thailand, February, 2013.  Photo: Tara Whitty

Max's Door Max Door:  

Max's door.

Bike to Work Day 2014:  

Bike to Work Day, May 8, 2014.

One hour ride from SFSU and returning.  Led by Jason Henderson, with Les and Phyllis Wong.