Your Curriculum

Geography

Catalog Year 2015-2016

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Dr. Chris Gorsek:
503-491-7321
Room AC2674
Chris.Gorsek@mhcc.edu

Courses provide students with general theoretical knowledge of the field of geography, as well as the ability to work as a field researcher or a computer map technician using Geographic Information System (GIS).

Curricular Outcomes
At the completion of this curriculum, students should be able to:

  • Explain the dynamics of weather and climate on the planet
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the various biomes on the planet
  • Explain the various challenges (such as political, economic and environmental) faced in the various regions of our planet
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the main religious belief systems of the world
  • Explain the various environmental threats facing the planet today
  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret and create maps

The following plan of classes is a general guide to prepare students to pursue a geography degree at a college or university. To prepare for such a degree and at the same time meet MHCC degree requirements, follow one of the transfer degree options on pages 10-17.

Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

Admission and degree requirements vary among colleges and universities. Students are advised to:

  • Contact the transfer university to confirm specific admission/major/degree requirements.
  • Consult with a faculty adviser or the MHCC Academic Advising and Transfer Center early to develop an educational plan.

Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

First Quarter (Fall)
Course Number Course Title Credits
GEOG105 Introduction to Physical Geography
3
ART260 Digital Photography and Imaging
4
WR121 English Composition
4
  First-year Modern Language elective1
5
   
16
Second Quarter (Winter)
Course Number Course Title Credits
GEOG106 Introduction to World Regional Geography
3
MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics
4
WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking
4
  First-year Modern Language elective1
5
   
16
Third Quarter (Spring)
Course Number Course Title Credits
GEOG107 Introduction to Cultural Geography
3
GEOG180 Map Reading and Interpretation or GEOG270 Criminology and the Geography of Crime
0
GS106 Physical Science: Geology
4
  First-year Modern Language elective1
5
   
15
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
Course Number Course Title Credits
GEOG206 Geography of Oregon or GEOG208 The Geography of the U.S. and Canada
3
BI101 General Biology I: Introduction to Cellular Biology
4
HST110 Ancient World History
4
SOC204 General Sociology: Principles of Sociology
3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking
4
   
18
Fifth Quarter (Winter)
Course Number Course Title Credits
GEOG202 Geography of Europe3 or GEOG209 Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
3
GEOG265 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
3
ART205 History of Western Art: Medieval - Renaissance
4
BI102 General Biology II: Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics
4
   
14
Sixth Quarter (Spring)
Course Number Course Title Credits
GEOG205 The Geography of the Pacific Rim or GEOG214 Geography of Mexico and Central America
3
GEOG290 Environmental Problems and Restoration
3
BI103 General Biology III
4
HPE295 Health and Fitness for Life
3
  Humanities requirement2, 4
3
   
16

1 First-year language electives may be satisfied with the following course sequences: ASL101-103, FR101-103, GER101-103, ITAL101-103, JPN101-103 or SPAN101-103.
2 Suggested courses to fulfill humanities requirements include: PHL201-202, SP112, ASL201-203, JPN201-203 and SPAN201-203. NOTE: Oregon transfer students seeking Bachelor of Arts degrees must complete the second year of a language other than English before graduation from their transfer school.
3 Offered every other year.
4 This plan aligns with the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) degree; refer to degree requirements, page 10.

Professional Associations' and Transfer Schools' Web Links
School Link
Association of American Geographers aag.org/
Portland State University pdx.edu/geography/
University of Oregon geography.uoregon.edu/
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