Welcome to Geography & Environment
In the interest of safeguarding the health of our students, faculty and staff, San Francisco State University is taking steps to further limit the potential for COVID-19 to spread within our community per the directive from the university president on March 10, 2020. All classes are being held in online mode through April 5, so students will have received information from their instructors about how their classes will operate. The department and IGISc have been researching methods for online instruction and off-campus software access for years. We are glad to be able to use our experience and the cooperation we have developed with campus ITS/AT to provide as effective remote support as possible for teaching and research needs for SF State students, faculty, and staff.
Given these capabilities and the circumstances, we have decided to close our department office and in-person lab spaces during this partial campus closure period (currently scheduled from now through April 5) to reduce risk of exposure for everyone. This will impact the following department and IGISc lab spaces: the Department Office (HSS 279), the Map Library (HSS 289), the Geographic Analysis Teaching Lab (HSS 290), the IGISc Research Lab (HSS 272), the Environmental Science Teaching Lab (HSS 383), the Physical Geography Lab, and the O3 lab. Staff and faculty responsible for these spaces are working remotely for at least the next two weeks, and should be reached via email if necessary. Please contact faculty and staff via email (see contact information on this web page and the IGISc page http://gis.sfsu.edu) for assistance and to answer any questions.
Online resources for accessing computer software is covered at the IGISc web site:
Students needing help with forms should contact advisors or office staff, preferably by email at the addresses on the People section of this web page.
The Department of Geography & Environment provides undergraduate and graduate programs in Geography (B.A. & M.A.), Environmental Science (B.S.), Resource Management & Environmental Planning (M.A), and Geographic Information Science (M.S.). The department supports research with field and lab equipment, and computer labs with advanced GIS, remote sensing and modeling software. Department faculty have active research programs involving students. Our degree programs provide multiple perspectives and tools to understand the relationships between people and their environments, and to solve problems related to local and global change.