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Department Chair: Paul Laris

Department Office: PH1, Room 210

Telephone: (562) 985-4977 / (562) 985-8432


Faculty: Hyowon Ban,Suzanne Dallman, Christine L. Jocoy, Paul Laris, Christopher T. Lee, Christine M. Rodrigue, Dmitrii Sidorov, Deborah Thien, Suzanne P. Wechsler


  • Undergraduate: Suzanne Dallman
  • Graduate: Deborah Thien

Administrative Support Coordinator: Monique Lopez

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to one of the faculty advisors.

Career Possibilities

Urban Planner • Cartographer • Computer Mapping • Regional, Urban and Environmental Planner • Natural Resources Manager • Environmental Monitor • Transportation Planner • Travel Counselor/Agent • Real Estate Appraiser • Environmental Analyst • Intelligence Analyst • Marketing Analyst • Community Development Specialist • Demographer • Recreation Resource Planner • Industrial Development Specialist • GIS Specialist • Climatologist • Ecologist • Environmental Impact Report Writer • Teacher


Geography focuses on the spatial organization of human and physical landscapes, the interactions
between human society and the physical environment, as well as on the meanings that people bring to their place in the world.

The Department offers the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees, Geography Minor, and two certificates. For further information, go to the department or visit For the Master of Arts degree in Geography, candidates are responsible for the general requirements stated in this catalog as well as the specific departmental requirements contained in the Geography Master of Arts Handbook.

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