Welcome to the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning (GEP). The major’s goals are to prepare students for careers in the environmental professions, graduate studies, and positive action in their own lives, and to broadly promote ecological literacy in order to help maintain and enhance the quality of human and natural environments across the globe. Integrating knowledge from multiple disciplines to understand the functioning of ecological systems and the nature of human impact upon these systems at local, regional, and global scales, the GEP department aims to promote excellence in teaching and research. Students enjoy the small class sizes and personalized teaching by distinguished and dedicated professors who are committed to enhancing both the quality of education and the environment.
GEP students have the opportunity to choose between four areas of focus/concentration within the major. These include; Society, Environment and Development, Geospatial Science and Technology, Environmental Systems, Sustainable Communities and Planning for Sustainable Communities. Each emphasis uniquely prepares students with the tools necessary to solve complex environmental and societal problems.
The SSU campus has many unique learning resources, such as: Fairfield Osborn Preserve and the Galbreath Wildlands Preserve; a world-class "green" recreation center (with climbing wall, a ropes course, and adventure programs center); the Kenneth M. Stocking Native Plant Garden (where there are several plant propagation projects underway); Copeland Creek (the focus of a student-faculty led restoration effort); and the Environmental Technology Center (our high tech "green" center and classroom). Not far beyond the campus there are rugged beaches, Oak and Redwood forests, the vine country, and a world-class city just over the Golden Gate Bridge.