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Geography, B.A.

Find your future at Cal Poly Humboldt. Working in small classes, inside and outside, and in our state-of-the-art geospatial lab, you explore humankind's ever-changing relationship to the environment. Then you use what you know, undertaking important research topics that interest you—like global warming, deforestation, ethnic conflict, urban planning and much more—in places that inspire you. Our professional-minded students also carry out internships and attend regional and national conferences, where their projects earn major awards and the respect of their fellow geographers. And we're known far and wide for preparing students for success in graduate school and on the job.

Why this program

The North Coast provides a unique outdoor learning lab for students—connecting their education to practical experiences that can’t be found elsewhere.

Our campus provides a sense of care, support and belonging, and better prepares students to approach their chosen fields through a lens of social justice.

We strive for societal and economic improvement, demonstrated in our personal passions and the professions that we pursue.

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Academics & Options

The major in geography at Humboldt analyzes physical and cultural patterns and processes as they occur at local, regional, and global levels.

Did you know?

Humboldt Geographic is a journal produced by Humboldt faculty and students.

Opportunities to work on applied projects with faculty during the academic year or summer.

You’ll develop professional skills in writing, research, presentations and the latest technologies including geographic information systems, remote sensing and, yes, mapping of all kinds.

Students can take advantage of one-unit weekend field trips exploring issues like natural resource management and historical and cultural geographies of California.

Scholarship Opportunities. Learn about scholarships and apply through Cal Poly Humboldt Office of Financial Aid.

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Equipped with critical thinking skills that integrate knowledge of the human world and physical environment, combined with latest in geospatial technical skills, our majors are prepared to pursue meaningful careers in a wide range of fields.

  • Aerial Photo Interpreter
  • Cartographer
  • City Planner
  • Climatologist
  • Demographer
  • Environmental Planner
  • GIS Coordinator
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Land Use Management Specialist
  • Map Editor
Geography students and professor