Department of Geography

Welcome to Geography @ The Beach!

The Department’s Award-Winning Faculty work across the breadth of the discipline, with active research and teaching in four main areas:

To find out more about our programs, please contact:

Department Chair & MSGISci Dir. Dr. Suzanne Perlitsh Wechsler
Department Coordinators: Jenny Sok Wisman and Leanne Johnson
Undergraduate Advisor: Dr. Lily House-Peters  
Graduate Advisor: Dr. Gary Hytrek
GIS Lab Manager: Scott Winslow
Internship Program Director: Dr. Christine Jocoy

What is Geography?
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. Geography sits at the nexus of the social and physical sciences, drawing from a range of theoretical and methodological approaches for understanding the world around us.

For more information, check out Jobs in Geography Learn What Jobs are Hot and What is New in Geospatial technology Also be sure to take a look at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) Jobs and Careers web page that focuses on current trends in employment in the various fields of physical and human geography. 

CSULB Geography Department Statement of Solidarity


The mission of the Department of Geography is to provide high impact educational experiences essential for training the next generation of geographers. We promote student and faculty excellence in the acquisition, production, communication, and application of spatially integrated knowledge in environmental and physical geography, human geography, the geospatial sciences, and global and regional studies. As a teaching-intensive, research-driven department with a strong tradition of service to the community and to the campus we are committed to preparing our students to effectively contribute to societal and environmental challenges locally, regionally and globally.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate the theories, philosophies, and concepts in the discipline of geography, including unifying themes of spatial patterns and structures, the interrelationship between people and places, and the interactions between nature and society.
  • Explain and distinguish differences among the various methodologies used in geographic research and analysis.
  • Acquire, analyze, evaluate, and interpret geographic data and/or research.
  • Communicate geographic data, theories, philosophies, and concepts in oral, written, and visual forms, with ethical engagement and respect for diversity of individuals, groups, and cultures.
  • Identify and assess how geographic concepts apply in the workplace and in everyday life to solve real-world problems.