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Welcome to Geography

Program Description

Geography is the science of space and place. Geographers study spatial distributions and relations within Earth’s human-environment systems, incorporating historic and contemporary human activities within the context of the biophysical and cultural environments, and the emergence of humanity as one of the major agents of change on Earth. The geography program exposes students to many of the tools and technologies employed by earth science professionals, including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).

The Geography Major

The Associate in Arts Degree in Geography provides for a liberal education and prepares one for positions in business, government, environmental consulting, resource management, teaching, and service in foreign areas.
Many geography courses satisfy GE requirements and appeal to the major and non-major alike.
Coursework in geography, which includes Geographic Information Systems (GIS), prepares students for a wide range of jobs that employ computers to gather, manipulate, analyze and report spatial data. There is rapid growth in the use of GIS in natural resource management, urban planning, marketing, real estate, criminology, emergency services, public health, scientific research and many other areas. GIS courses are also useful for transfer students in geography and other environmental and natural science-oriented disciplines. GIS is an important tool for many other disciplines which use maps and spatially referenced data.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and assess Earth’s physical processes and their impacts on human culture and activities.
  2. Describe and assess human cultural and economic activities and their impacts on Earth’s physical environment.
  3. Identify and implement the methods and technologies used in geographic spatial analysis (ex. GIS, remote sensing, spatial statistics, cartography and map analysis).

Career Opportunities

Geographers are trained for a wide variety of exciting careers, including cartography, climatology, demography, ecology, education earth and environmental science, land use planning, meteorology, realty, and regional and urban planning. Jobs include positions as field analysts, foreign area and intelligence analysts, Geographic Information System analysts, map librarians, marketing analysts, park rangers, research analysts, resource economists, surveyors, teachers, transportation analysts, and travel agents. 

Trained geographers are involved in a diverse set of research areas including agriculture, atmospheric and oceanic studies, landforms and soils, vegetation, water resources, marketing, political and economic structures, and transportation and urban systems.

Faculty & Offices

Michael Robinson, Chair (EBS-113, ext. 3741)
Geordie Armstrong (EBS-124)
Michael Vergeer (EBS-124)
Elizabeth Gans, Information/Assistance (EBS-114, ext. 2315)




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