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Geography explains and describes the Earth. Geographers look at earth-sun relationships, seasons, weather, and other physical aspects of the earth's environment such as climate, topography, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

Geographers ask questions about the earth. First, they answer the question of 'where' or place. Then geographers explain what, where, why, how and when about a place using location and place names as the framework for this exploration. The primary tool of geographers is the map, which shows the pattern and distribution of the subject being examined.

There are two broad categories of Geography: Physical and Cultural. Physical geographers look at phenomena relating to the earth's natural environment such as earth-sun relationships, seasons, atmospheric conditions and weather, world climate, soils, flora and fauna, rocks and minerals, earthquakes, volcanoes and mountain building, gradational forces and landform distribution.

Cultural Geographers examine the present-day earth in terms of its people, their organizations, language, religion, economic systems, and settlement patterns.

All geographers compare and contrast information in order to explain the similarities and differences of various phenomena about the earth as these occur over space and time.

Currently no associate degree is offered with a major in Geography. Geography courses may be used to fulfill requirements for an Associate in Arts degree with a major in Liberal Arts and are transferable to CSU, UC.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Geography?
A degree in Geography prepares one for a career in many fields. The geographer offers a unique perspective on issues and problems dealing with the earth's physical environment and its inhabitants. Analyzing spatial relationships is the geographer's special skill and by using spatial analysis geographers make significant contributions in many professions. The tools geographers use for their spatial analysis include maps, GIS (geography information systems), GPS (Geopositioned Satellites) remote sensing, spatial statistics, and quantitative statistics. Geographers work in all areas of the public and private sector.


Career Opportunities
  • Aerial Photographer/Interpreter
  • Biogeography
  • Cartographer
  • City Planner
  • County Planner
  • Environmental Analyst
  • Economic Geographer
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Foreign Correspondent Educator
  • GIS specialist
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial Location Specialist
  • International Trade Relations
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Meteorologist
  • Population Specialist
  • Resource Planner
  • Soil Scientist
  • Transportation Specialist
  • Travel Agent



Last Updated 10/29/19