Geography is the study of place and space. Geographers ask where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, how places differ from one another, and how people interact with the environment. There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence, including population, culture and economic activities. Physical geographers study patterns of climates, land forms, vegetation, soils, and water. Geographers also study the linkages between humans and natural systems.
Students preparing for a career in Geography should plan to transfer to a four-year college. Students planning to major in physical geography should prepare themselves in a broad range of Natural Sciences. Students preparing to major in human geography should prepare themselves in a broad range of Social Science and Humanities. All students should consider courses in Geographic Information Systems.
Students wanting to transfer should complete the Associate in Arts Degree requirements. Students should work closely with an advisor at the baccalaureate institution they plan to transfer to before finalizing their education plan.