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Need help transitioning to remote teaching and learning?: Check out these Quick Tips 
COVID-19 Emergency: Temporary Remote GEP Dept. Office: Please contact Natalie Mack ( or Kimberly Kaido-Alvarez ( with any questions or concerns
Given the COVID-19 Emergency: Gradutation ceremonies have been postponed. Please see the Commencement Website for more information.
Aurora and the Tree Centenarian+ Tree : Find out more about Aurora Alexander's project for the Environ. Discovery Center at Spring Lake!
Iceland Landscape Dr. Watt's Iceland Research: Environmental history & Iceland’s Westfjords-Fulbright grant!
Spring Break!: March 16-March 20 smiley
Congratulations Elise Piazza!: Elise has received the prestigious ORSP Student Research Award to study Fire Recurrence Interval in Sonoma County!
Interested in Energy, Management, and Design?: enlightenedFind out more about our BS Degree!

*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sonoma State University has transitioned to remote instruction for spring 2020. Employees are working remotely in almost all departments. Email is the best way to communicate with our faculty and staff. Please see the SSU COVID-19 site for more information.


Welcome to the Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning (GEP). We prepare students for careers in environmental professions, for graduate studies, and for their role as informed and thoughtful global citizens. We offer degrees in Geography and Environment (BA) and Environmental Studies (BS) with emphasis on:

  • Understanding human-environment conflict and collaboration
  • Building resilience with environmental systems
  • The application of geospatial and quantitative analyses to solve complex environmental and societal problems
  • Designing resource-resilient and socially just communities
  • Planning urban spaces for sustainability