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The Geography program promotes the discovery and broad communication of knowledge about Earth’s physical and cultural environment and the interrelationships between them. Our multidisciplinary approach to this study emphasizes contemporary concepts, use of geospatial technologies, and critical thinking.
Careers available to students include teachers, urban planners, business, nonprofit organizations, forestry, social service, cartographers, global-positioning specialists, and government jobs.
Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Arts degree and meets the general-education requirements at all Idaho public universities. Course selection should be coordinated to meet requirements for your intended transfer institution (if known).
Degrees and Certificates
GEOG 100 Physical Geography
(3 Credits, Fall/Spring/Summer)
This course is a study of Earth's physical environment, including weather, climate, soils, vegetation, landforms, and oceans. The interrelationships and interdependencies of each facet of the environment are studied, as well as the physical processes that act on the environment to produce the landscape. COREQ: GEOG 100L. (This CWI course meets Idaho State Board GEM competency requirements in GEM 4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing.).
GEOG 100L Physical Geography Laboratory
(1 Credit, Fall/Spring/Summer)
This is the required lab component to accompany GEOG 100. This lab component provides opportunities to use maps, graphs, weather instruments, and other materials used by geographers to study the Earth, as well as an opportunity to practice the application of theoretical information learned during the lectures. COREQ: GEOG 100. (This CWI course meets Idaho State Board GEM competency requirements in GEM 4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing.).
GEOG 102 Cultural Geography
(3 Credits, Fall/Spring)
This course examines the geography of human culture. Topics may include human interaction with the environment, population, mobility, nutrition and disease, race and gender, language, religion, agricultural practices, urbanization, human interaction with the environment, industrial development, and political structures. (This CWI course can meet the Idaho State Board GEM competency requirements in GEM 6 - Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing OR the CWI Global Perspectives requirement. [It will not fulfill both requirements.]).
GEOG 199 Geography Special Topics
(1-5 Credits, Varies)
This course number is designed to permit the offering of special topics appropriate to a program within the Geography department. Regular or frequently recurring topics are not offered under this title. The course may be repeated as new topics are presented.
GEOG 200 World Regional Geography
(3 Credits, Spring)
This course surveys major world regions as bound together by environment, economics, culture, and politics. It includes consideration of world resource patterns and problems. (This CWI course can meet the Idaho State Board GEM competency requirements in GEM 6 - Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing OR the CWI Global Perspectives requirement. [It will not fulfill both requirements.]).
GEOG 270 Global Climate Change
(3 Credits, Fall/Spring)
This course introduces students to the science behind global climate change. Students will learn to integrate a variety of scientific disciplines that contribute to Earth System science. Utilizing the scientific method, students will evaluate the global climate as it has changed and predict future patterns. In addition, the course will evaluate climate impacts, climate adaptation, and climate mitigation. Students will be challenged to critically evaluate information and make informed decisions on climate change and its ramifications. (This CWI course meets Idaho State Board GEM competency requirements in GEM 4 - Scientific Ways of Knowing.).
GEOG 290 Geography Capstone
(2 Credits, Spring)
This capstone course is the culmination of the Geography major. The primary objective is to further develop students' ability to conduct geographic research through the practical application of geographic methods, theory, and GIS analysis. Students will synthesize their knowledge of geography with an individual or group research project and presentation. Students should take this course in their final semester. PREREQ: PERM/INST.
GEOG 296 Geography Independent Study
(1-10 Credits, Varies)
Geography Independent Study course. This is a term-long project. Each credit hour is equivalent to 45 hours of work on a project. Students should make arrangements with the instructor in their field of interest. Before enrolling for independent study, a student must obtain approval of the assistant dean, acting on the recommendation of the instructor who will be supervising the independent study. PREREQ: PERM/INST.