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Welcome to Geography

Program Description

Do you dream of exploring far-off places when you look at a map? Do you prefer the window seat on airplanes and buses? Are you captivated by connections between people and the environment? Are you hoping to land a job studying and stewarding Earth's resources? Do you like using high-tech gadgets to gather and report interesting details? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then geography may be the major for you.

Geography is the science of space and place. Geographers study spatial distributions and relations within Earth’s human-environment systems. Attention is focused on 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’s surface.

The Associate in Arts Degree in Geography provides for a liberal education and prepares one for positions in business, government, environmental consulting, resource management, service in foreign areas and teaching.

Many geography courses satisfy G.E. 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.

Career Alternatives

  • Cartographer
  • Climatologist
  • Demographer
  • Earth Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Field Analyst
  • Foreign Area or Intelligence Analyst
  • Geographic Information
  • Systems Analyst
  • Land Use Planner
  • Map Librarian
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Park Ranger
  • Photographic Interpreter
  • Realtor
  • Recreational Resource
  • Planner
  • Regional or Urban Planner
  • Regional Systems Analyst
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Geographer
  • Resource Economist
  • Surveyor
  • Teacher
  • Transportation Analyst
  • Travel Agent

Research in:

  • Agriculture
  • Landforms
  • Marketing
  • Political Structures
  • Soils
  • Transportation
  • Urban Systems
  • Vegetation
  • Water

Faculty & Offices

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




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