Geography Department

Program Description

The study of Geography investigates the spatial variation in natural and humanphenomena such as climate, landforms, vegetation, cultural diversity, and resourceutilization. Geographers use this understanding to explain the character of regions;to ascertain the ways in which humans, historical and contemporary, have utilizedand shaped the earth's surface; and to predict future patterns and interactionsbetween humans and the natural environment. The Mission program is particularlyconcerned with (a) the Pacific Rim; (b) the non-industrial world and (c) the physicaland cultural diversity of California, and their mutual interactions in an era of increasingmental limitations.

Career Options
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Educator (elementary through university)
  • Cartographer Urban and Rural Planning
  • Natural Resources Management (park/forest ranger)
  • Travel Industry Agent/Consultant
  • Real Estate (forecasting and consulting)
  • International Development
  • Industrial Development Specialist
  • Marketing Area Analyst
  • Environmental Research Specialist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Climatologist
  • Demographer
  • G.I.S. Analyst

Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the Associate Degree level may be required to fulfill some career options.

Highlights
  • Lower division course offerings.
  • Field trips.
  • Courses fulfill CSU multicultural requirement.

 

DEPARTMENT CHAIR Keith Johnson keith.johnson@wmv.edu 408-855-5277

COUNSELING 408-855-5030

note: History-Geography was formerly one department. Go here for History.