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Augmented Reality Sand Box

College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS)

Students in GEOG 110 (Intro to Physical Geography) use the Augmented Reality Sand Box to study landscapes. "In GEOG 110, it is often a student’s first time thinking of geography as a physical science," said Geography Professor Liz Ridder. "By the end of the semester, I hope students learn to look at the landscapes around them in a different way, to continue to question how landscapes are formed, change over time, and our relationship to those processes." Professor Ridder also teaches GEOG 450: Parks and Protected Area this Spring semester. In Fall 2019, she'll teach GEOG 120: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and GEOG 310: Climate Change and Life in the Anthropocene.

Students in GEOG 110 Intro to Physical Geography learn about landscapes using an Augmented Reality Sandbox, which was designed by Geography Prof Liz Ridder. To learn more about Prof. Ridder's research and the classes she teaches at CSUSM visit 

The College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) offers an exciting variety of degrees and programs that make up the core of a liberal arts education at CSUSM. Students in CHABSS courses master skills and technologies essential for professional success in a 21st century interdependent global society. The College provides a supportive learning atmosphere with rich opportunities for close interaction and collaboration with peers, faculty, and community partners. CHABSS graduates are well prepared to enter the world of work in a variety of careers or to pursue post-baccalaureate study leading to advanced academic and professional degrees. Come explore with us

News & Events

Dr. Elizabeth Matthews

Dr. Elizabeth Matthews to be CHABSS Interim Dean

Dr. Elizabeth Matthews has accepted appointment to the position of interim dean for the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences, effective August 1, 2019.

Congratulations, Dr. Matthews, and Welcome! 

President-select Ellen Neaufeldt

Dr. Ellen Neufeldt Named CSUSM's Fourth President

By Margaret Chantung

The California State University Board of Trustees has appointed Ellen J. Neufeldt, Ed.D., to serve as the next president of California State University San Marcos. Neufeldt currently serves as vice president of student engagement and enrollment services for Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.