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BA in Spatial Social Sciences

This degree program focuses on examining the connection between people, places, communities and physical environment using technologically based analytical tools such as GIS and data analysis. Graduates will enjoy careers in business, government, nonprofits and social services.

Spatial Social Sciences Degree Overview

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The Bachelor of Arts in Spatial Social Sciences prepares you to use and examine data with state of the art technologically based analytical tools to understand what motivates people, communities, and societies, and learn to create policy solutions.

As a student, you will:

  • Learn career-ready interdisciplinary spatial, cultural, communication and data analysis skills that incorporate cutting-edge technologies. 
  • Emerge as a leader in communication, analysis and policy action.
  • Find jobs in business, government, education, non-profits and social services.
  • Examine the connection between people and places using cutting-edge methodology.


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Spring II (Mar 8, 2021)

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13911 Park Avenue, Suite 100, Victorville, CA 92392
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3301 East Onstott Road, Yuba City, CA 95991
Modesto Campus
5222 Pirrone Court, Salida, CA 95368
Monterey Campus
99 Pacific Street, Suite 375-B, Monterey, CA 93940
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337 N. Plaza Dr., Visalia, CA 93291
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3550 Vine Street, Suite 200, Riverside, CA 92507
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1445 Galaxy Drive NE, Suite 201, Lacey, WA 98516
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16355 Laguna Canyon Road, 1st Floor, Irvine, CA 92618
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Bremerton Campus
1600 Chester Ave, Building 11, Room 112, Bremerton, WA 98337
Ft. Lewis Campus
6242 Colorado Avenue, Room B-148, Ft. Lewis, WA 98433

Admission Requirements

Applicants for this Bachelor's program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  • Completed application
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended
  • 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent

Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.

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Admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts.

Short Transferable Credits?

Brandman’s School of Extended Education offers a 4 course program allowing you to earn up to the 12 credits needed for admission. Check out the Brandman Track to learn more.


BA in Spatial Social Sciences Program Curriculum

  • Bachelor degrees require students to complete a minimum of 120 semester units which include a combination of General Education requirements and program specific requirements. In the absence of sufficient transfer credit, students may need to take additional general electives to satisfy the 120 total units for the degree which a Brandman Academic Advisor will help you evaluate.


    Basic Skills 12
    ENGU103 Writing Communication I: Writing and Rhetoric 3
    ENGU 104 Written Communication II: Writing About Literature 3
    Quantitative reasoning 3
    Oral communication 3
    Breadth Requirements 24
    Humanities Select from 3 different areas: Communications, English, Fine Arts, Foreign Languages, Humanities, Liberal Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies 9
    Natural Sciences Select 6 credits 6
    Social Sciences Select from 3 different areas: Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, History, Marketing, Organizational Leadership, Political Science/Legal Studies, Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sociology 9
    Liberal Education Foundations 6
    LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity 3
    LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations 3
    Total Credits 42
  • SSCU 300 Spatial Social Sciences Introduction: Policy and Action


    SOCU 301 Social Research Design


    SSCU 303 Social Scientific Perspectives on Media and Culture


    SSCU 317 Quantitative Methods and Social Statistics


    SSCU 380 Interpreting Data: Predictions, Patterns, and Communications


    SSCU 383 Social Science Communications: Reporting and Writing


    ESCU 401 Environmental Science, Policy, and Management


    SOCU 416 Sociology of Health Care


    SSCU 477 Geospatial Approaches to Society


    SSCU 494 Social Science Capstone




    Integrated Social Sciences Electives


    Select any five upper division courses from at least two of the following areas:


    Communications (COMU)


    Criminal Justice (CJCU)


    History (HISU)


    Legal Studies (LEST)


    Marketing (MKTU)


    Organizational Leadership (OLCU)


    Psychology (PSYU)


    Political Science (POSU)


    Social Work (SOWK)


    Sociology (SOCU)


    Total Credits


  • The 18-unit program can be completed in three years, and those credits can later be applied to earning a bachelor’s degree in spatial social sciences. Upskill to move your career forward and become an expert in data-driven storytelling and solutions. 
    SSCU 300 Spatial Social Sciences Introduction: Policy and Action


    SOCU 301 Social Research Design


    SSCU 303 Social Scientific Perspectives on Media and Culture


    SSCU 380 Interpreting Data: Predictions, Patterns, and Communications


    SSCU 383 Spatial Social Sciences Communications and Visualization


    ESCU 401 Environmental Science, Policy, and Management


    Total Credits


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