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Geography Emphasis (AA) - 60 credits

Why Choose Geography?

The Geography program will give you the background to be able to interpret the complex relationships between people and their environment. In seeking to understand variations in those human/environment relationships, geographers interpret patterns of social, economic, and political activity on Earth. This program will provide you with the foundation and skills to pursue a career in geography.

Skills Acquired

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People who have worked in Geography typically perform the following tasks:

  • Collecting information from different sources
  • Analyzing data or information
  • Interpreting information for others
  • Compiling, calculating, tabulating, or otherwise processing information
  • Using computers
  • Identifying information by categorizing, comparing, or detecting changes in circumstances or events
  • Keeping up-to-date with new knowledge
  • Making decisions or solving problems

Careers in Geography

Projected Job Growth

According to ISeek.org, job growth for Geography in state of Minnesota will be up 21.2% through 2020.

There will be a need for about 20 new Geographers to meet market demand in this timeframe. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.

Types of Jobs

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Individuals who study Geography typically pursue careers in the field of:

  • Earth Observation Chief Scientist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geographic Information Systems Analyst (GIS Analyst)
  • Environmental Affairs Corporate Director
  • Geography Information Systems Geographer (GIS Geographer)
  • Geography Information Systems Physical Scientist (GIS Physical Scientist)
  • Geography Information Systems Program Director (GIS Program Director)
  • Research Coordinator
  • Scientist
  • Geography Professor

 

Average State Pay

According to ISeek.org, geographers have a median annual salary of $76,232 annually ($36.65 per hour).

College geography professors have a median annual salary of $66,113 ($31.79).

Description

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Geographers conduct research on the physical aspects of a region, such as land forms, climates, soils, plants, and animals. Their work can focus on anything from local regions to the entire earth.

Degrees & Certificates in Geography

An Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in Geography provides necessary lower division coursework in geography for transfer to a 4-year major.

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Associate of Arts Degree with Emphasis in Geography

To complete the Associate of Arts degree with Emphasis in Geography, students must complete the requirements for the Associate of Arts in Liberal Education and the emphasis requirements as indicated below.

Emphasis requirements may also be used to satisfy the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Goal requirements.

Required Courses

Incorporate the following Required Courses into the General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Additional Course Requirements sections below.

Code Title Credits
GEOG 1101 Physical Geography 4
GEOG 1102 Human Geography 3

Complete at least 2 of the following for a total of at least 6 credits:

Code Title Credits
GEOG 1104 Resources, Society and Environment 3
GEOG 1121 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 1125 Geography of the United States and Canada 3
GEOG 1170 Urban Geography 3
GEOG 1172 Introductory Meteorology 4
GEOG 1180 Cartography and Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 1900 Topics in Geography 1-4

General Education/Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC)- 40 Credits

*See MnTC Curriculum for specific course options

GOAL 1: COMMUNICATION - 2 COURSES 

GOAL 2: CRITICAL THINKING
(met by completion of all 40 credits of the MnTC)

GOAL 3: NATURAL SCIENCES - 2 COURSES (Select from two different departments; at least one must include a lab) 

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2 

GOAL 4: MATHEMATICAL/LOGICAL REASONING - 1 COURSE

  • Course

GOAL 5: HISTORY AND SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES -
2 COURSES (Select from two different departments)

  • Course #1 - met by taking required GEOG courses
  • Course #2 

GOAL 6: HUMANITIES AND FINE ARTS- 2 COURSES
(Select from two different departments

  • Course #1 
  • Course #2

GOAL 7: HUMAN DIVERSITY - 1 COURSE

GOAL 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE - 1 COURSE 

  • Course - met by taking required GEOG courses

GOAL 9: ETHICAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY - 1 COURSE 

GOAL 10: PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT - 1 COURSE 

  • Course - met by taking required GEOG courses 

Additional Course Requirements - 20 credits

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the MnTC
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.