In the first and second semester, students are encouraged to take the Human and Physical Geography courses. In addition, if students are interested in completing their GIS Certificate, they are encouraged to take the necessary course work including: Introduction to GIS and Cartography.
In the third and fourth semester, students are encouraged to take the World Regional Geography course along with the Geography of the Middle East.
The Geography Department now offers a one-year certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). This certificate provides students with skills in geospatial technologies and equips them with the ability to transition in to an entry-level job or transfer to a four-year university.
Many of the sociology faculty are engaged in global studies. In the past ten years, the department has sponsored ten trips to the U.S. Mexican Border and two trips to Guatemala. Several courses including Social Problems, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Global Poverty are global in their focus. Courses in the department are part of the newly approved Global Studies Certificate and the Global Scholars program. For more information contact Kathy Rowell (Global Studies Director) at 512-3203 and read more on the Global Studies website:
Most geography courses are part of the Ohio Transfer Module and therefore transferable to all four-year institutions within the state of Ohio.
With an associate degree in geography when combined with GIS skills, students will have an opportunity to work as surveyors, GIS technicians, and other jobs. It is however, strongly recommended that students continue their education in a four year institution to earn a bachelor and preferably a master’s degree.
Many geographers have positions that do not contain the words “geography” or “geographer.” Some employers are unfamiliar with geography as a discipline, it is essential that you recognize and articulate the skills that you have acquired and honed through your background and training in geography. Examples include thinking spatially, comprehending the complexities of nature–society relationships, and thinking holistically. Examples of career opportunities for students with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography degree:
For more information on careers and salaries view the following websites: