Fall & Spring

Fall & Spring

Physical and Human Dimensions of Climate Change

This writing- and research-intensive course guides students through an interdisciplinary investigation of climate change, including the causes, environmental and societal impacts, as well as mitigation and adaptation strategies and their implementation. The class bridges the traditional human and physical branches of geography and the environmental sciences, engaging a range of methods to deepen understanding of this complex environmental issue. ​

Geographic Techniques

This course is an overview of geographic research methods and techniques. Topics covered include: research design, field and archival data collection, statistical analysis, topographic map reading, and introduction to remote sensing and GIS. Emphasis is on practical application of the techniques, skills, and methods presented. Fall & Spring.

Bay Area Environments

Bay Area Environments is an introduction to the complex nature of human and environmental evolution in San Francisco’s Bay Area. We will explore the origins of Native American & European settlement, landforms, water, weather, climate and ecosystems, anthropogenic changes across the region, and the future of the Bay Area environment.

Special Study


Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the departmental faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of 3 units.