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.
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
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.
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Arts in Geography
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.|
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
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.
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:
- Environmental management
- Conservation of biodiversity
- Natural resource management
- Natural hazard perception
- Foreign policy
- National security
- Immigration policy
- Non-governmental organizations
- City/regional planning
- Emergency and disaster planning
- Real estate development
- Resource exploration
- International business
- Site location analysis
- Real estate analysis
- Agricultural Planning
- Travel/Tourism Planning
- Geographic Technology
- Geographic information systems
- Remote Sensing