Why study Geography?
Spanning cultures, economies, geology, and sociology, COCC's Geography program offers a curriculum that goes far beyond maps and place names. Topics range from economic development and sustainability to world religion, social justice, and climate effects. In-the-field experience helps reinforce lectures for students, as holistic themes of human-environment interactions, location, place, and movement (of goods, migration, ideas) continually surface. Geography studies are a way to explore other countries — their cultures and living-breathing realities — and open new doors of global perception.
"Geography blends all the physical sciences and gives you a better view of the world, or even your neighborhood. You can learn so much about what has occurred in our past, and what we can expect in the future, by studying the very earth where everything has taken place." — John Franzwa, Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree graduate
Students considering careers in geography (for instance, as city planners, policy consultants, and climatologists) can attain an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree with a Geography concentration. The College also offers degrees and a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including an Associate of Science in Geospatial Science for those interested in a four-year degree path, as well as an Associate of Applied Science and one-year certificate in GIS for those interested in directly entering the workforce.View Geography Programs View Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Programs
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