Welcome to the Earth and Spatial Sciences Department at San Bernardino Valley College. This department is comprised of the following disciplines: Geography, Geology, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Oceanography.


The environmental and spatial science of geography examines both physical and cultural landscapes with an emphasis on human-environmental interactions. 

Geography integrates multiple natural and social sciences and includes the study of:

  • forces of nature and the consequences of those forces
  • nature and interactions of the atmosphere and the land
  • plants and animals
  • Earth's waters
  • weather and climate
  • Earth's dynamic surface
  • landforms and soils
  • human interaction with the physical environment through forms of agriculture, language, religion, and cities


Graduation, Transfer, and Career Information:

Courses in geography:

  • fulfill the science requirement for the associate degree,
  • prepare students for majors at four-year institutions, including:
    • geography
    • geographic information systems (GIS)
    • environmental sciences and studies
    • education
    • engineering
    • architecture
    • Earth sciences


Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in geography should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

Degrees & Certificates