Undergraduate Study

Geography BA

The Geography major allows students to combine a broad background in the field with more specific interests and career goals. Students can select classes in several areas of geography such as urban, economic, cultural, environmental, physical, or biogeography. They should consult with the undergraduate adviser to plan a program suitable to their personal objectives.

Learning Outcomes

The Geography major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the main strands of physical and human geography, including familiarity with major theoretical perspectives
  • Command of various geographical methods and techniques such as remote sensing, cartography, and field methods
  • Skills in collecting and analyzing geographical data
  • Proficiency in written arguments drawing on appropriate sources and methods in the geographical literature

Preparation for the Major

Required: Three courses (15 units) as follows: Geography 1 or 2, 3 or 4 or 6, and Statistics 12. Each course must be taken for a letter grade.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Geography major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: one physical geography or biogeography course, one cultural geography or economic geography course, and one statistics course.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Eleven upper-division geography courses (44 units minimum), each taken for a letter grade. All geography upper-division courses numbered 100 and higher may be applied toward the major, with a few exceptions. Contact the advising office for more information.