Geography is a unique spatial science that synthesizes interactions between human society and physical environments to develop a broad understanding of the distribution and organization of both physical and human landscapes and environments. Geography students develop strong analytical and communication skills, including methods of geographic observation, data collection, analysis, mapping, modeling and reporting of findings.
Geographers work for businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits in a wide range of fields to help improve our environment, promote livable communities, increase economic and human development, facilitate local and national security, and much more.
Start your career as a professional and/or specialist in the areas below!
- Air Quality Specialist
- Climate Change Analyst
- Emergency Management Specialist
- Environmental Planning Consultant
- Restoration Ecologist
- Water Resources Specialist
- Geo-intelligence Specialist for National Defense
- Geographic Information Systems Analyst
- Satellite and Aerial Remote Sensing Analyst
- Surveying and Mapping Technician
- Community Development Specialist
- Community Organizer
- Foreign Services Officer
- International Development Specialist
- Market Researcher
- Public Health Officer
- Public Policy Researcher
- Urban and Regional Planner
Degrees & Certificates
Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T), Geography
Certificate of Accomplishment, Foundation of Geospatial Data and Programming
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Geography?
Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment and the way that locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time.
What is Physical Geography?
If you enjoy the natural environment and outdoors, then physical geography is for you. Physical geographers study weather and climate, vegetation and animal habitats, river and ocean processes, natural disasters, and much more. Many students interested in environmental issues major in physical geography.
What is Human Geography?
If you are curious about current events and the cultural, economic, and demographic diversity of the world, human geography is for you. Human geographers study population growth, migration patterns, economic development, urban growth and transportation, food and hunger, regional themes such as the rise of China and instability in the Middle East, and more.
What is Geospatial Technology?
If you are interested in applying cutting edge technology to critical local and global issues, geospatial technology is for you. Geospatial technology includes the use of satellite and aerial remote sensing to capture data about physical and human landscapes, digital mapping technologies known as geographic information systems, and mapping and data collection with global positioning systems. Geospatial technologies are essential tools used by both physical and human geographers.