What will I learn?

The major in Geography/Environmental Studies develops and deepens students' understanding of environmental issues; it explores problem-solving approaches from an interactive people/nature viewpoint and involves analysis of social, physical, and biotic environmental systems. The major's uniqueness lies in its emphasis on its geographical perspective of human impacts on natural systems, as well as of implications of global change on local and regional human systems.

Learning Outcomes

The Geography/Environmental Studies major has the following learning outcomes:

Comprehensive knowledge of the main strands of physical and human geography, including familiarity with major theoretical perspectives

Command of various geographical methods and techniques such as remote sensing, cartography, and field methods

Familiarity with a range of environmental problems at different geographical scales, their analysis, modeling, and various policy responses to them

Skills in collecting and analyzing geographical data

Proficiency in written arguments drawing on appropriate sources and methods in the geographical literature

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$29,754.00 per year
Given fee is for nonresident supplemental tuition; University Fees: USD $13,239
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected September 2022


College of Letters and Science

2300 Murphy Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 550 in paper based TOEFL. Students who have attended school under the British system must present five GCSE/Ordinary-Level examinations and at least three Advanced-Level examinations with superior grades.

For international students

To be considered for admission to UCLA, international students must have completed secondary school with a superior average in academic subjects and have earned a certificate of completion which enables the student to be admitted to a university in the home country.

English language proficiency is critical to your success at UCLA. Applicants, whose first language, or language of instruction for at least the last three years, is not English, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A competitive score is above 100 (with sub-scores above 22)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A competitive score is 7 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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