Geography is the interdisciplinary study of the Earth's landscape, people, places, environment, and their interconnections.
Bryan Krouse, Geography and GIS Faculty and Program Head

Overview

Are you intrigued by the study of the earth, its people, and its many environments? CWI offers you an opportunity to explore geography with this associate degree program. Our curriculum will present you with a broad, place-centered perspective on the transformation of environments by society and nature on a variety of scales, from the local to the global. The U.S. Department of Labor lists geospatial technology (GIS) as one of today’s top three high-growth technology fields. This degree will prepare you for a wide variety of careers, including becoming a teacher, urban planner, cartographer, global-positioning specialist, and many types of government jobs. Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Arts degree in Geography and meet the general education requirements for all Idaho public universities.

Mission

Students of geography will gain enhanced perception and appreciation of the nature and interaction of human and physical environments.

Why This Program

CWI’s AA degree in Geography makes you transfer ready or immediately employable. Our curriculum will present you with a broad, place-centered perspective on the transformation of environments by society and nature on a variety of scales, from the local to the global. This degree will prepare you for a wide variety of careers, including becoming a teacher, urban planner, cartographer, global-positioning specialist, and many types of government jobs.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Recognize and understand the Earth and culture through spatial perspective
  • Use geospatial technologies to collect, analyze and interpret data pertaining to global phenomena
  • Apply critical skills to identify and critically analyze patters of human-environment interactions, including perception, distribution and use of natural resources
  • Succeed at a four-year institution or professional employment

Additional Opportunities

CWI’s annual GIS Day is a networking opportunity bringing professionals from the community to share their expertise and experience with students. Geography Club students visit different sites around the region and participate in community service projects in Ada and Canyon County.

Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Geography

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Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online, Degree Fully Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.

Advising

Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

Connecting With Ideas

Connecting With Ideas (CWID 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWID 101 themes

Transfer

Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

Geography is a growing career field. The University of Idaho reports a 99% employment placement rate for geographers. The Association of American Geographers has an extensive jobs and careers resource section at http://www.aag.org/cs/careers

Also, professional resources can be found at the following sites:

Professions

  • Environmental management
  • Conservation of biodiversity
  • Natural resource management
  • Climatology
  • Natural hazard perception
  • Hydrology
  • Foreign policy
  • National security
  • Immigration policy
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • City/regional planning
  • Transportation
  • Emergency and disaster planning
  • Real estate development
  • Resource exploration
  • Demography
  • International business
  • Site location analysis
  • Real estate analysis
  • Marketing
  • Agricultural Planning
  • Travel/Tourism Planning
  • Geographic Technology
  • Geographic information systems
  • Cartography
  • Remote Sensing
  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research

Locations

Nampa Campus Academic Building

Directions
5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

Directions
1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Canyon County Center

Directions
2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

Instructors

Instructors