Geography

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 geo-spatial 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

Clubs

The purpose of Geography Club is to stimulate interest in geography education and to enable students to further their knowledge of this discipline.

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

AA

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

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Registration Open April 14 November 10 April 13
Financial Aid Priority Date July 14 December 1 May 11
Admission Deadline August 8 December 22 May 15
Tuition and Fees Due August 22 January 9 May 29
Last Day to Register August 22 January 9 May 29
Classes Begin August 25 January 12 June 1*
*Some classes begin before this date. See 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, available each semester, 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.

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

In addition, 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

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

Directions


1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Canyon County Center

Directions


2407 Caldwell Blvd., Nampa, ID 83651

Nampa Campus Academic Building

Directions


5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Instructors

Program Department Chair

Department Chair, Culture, History & Politics
208.562.2651