Think GeographyUndergraduate Program

The Department of Geography at UCSB offers four undergraduate majors. The Bachelor of Arts in Geography is a broad and integrative degree that spans departmental strengths in human and physical geography as well as geographic information science. The Bachelor of Arts in Geography with an emphasis in GISci is a more focused degree requiring extensive coursework across select concentration areas: (1) Air Photos and Remote Sensing, (2) Geographic Information Systems and Cartography, and (3) Quantitative Techniques and Theoretical Methods. The Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography is a broad and integrative degree within the earth/environmental sciences that incorporates terrestrial, marine, and atmospheric sciences. It provides the more extensive mathematical and biophysical-science training normally associated with a BS degree. The Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Ocean Science is a more focused degree requiring coursework focused on oceanography and marine systems as well as climate and earth system science.


Undergraduates assistance is available from dedicated staff and faculty advisors.

Student engagement, participation and interaction is both welcomed and strongly encouraged. The geography community offers opportunities through Geography Club, research internships, independent study, visiting speakers/scholars and events.

Visit the General Catalog Undergraduate Program to view requirements.

If you have questions about the majors or classes, contact ugrad_adv@geog.ucsb.edu.

Link to Careers in Geography page