Your Curriculum


Catalog 2013-2014 

MHCC Faculty Adviser:
Dr. Chris Gorsek.: 503-491-7321 - Room AC 2674 

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 10-15 of the printed catalog.

Students receiving financial aid must be certificate or degree seeking and must follow 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 that 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  Credits 
GEOG105  Introduction to Physical Geography 3
ART261  Photography I 3
WR121  English Composition 4
  First-year Modern Language elective 1  5
Second Quarter 
GEOG106  Introduction to World Regional Geography 3
MTH105  Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics 4
WR122  English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
  First-year ModernLanguage elective 1  5
Third Quarter 
GEOG107  Introduction to Cultural Geography 3
GEOG180  Map Reading and Interpretation or
GEOG270 Geography of Crime
GS106  Physical Science: Geology 4
  First-year Language elective 1  5
Fourth Quarter 
GEOG206  Geography of Oregon or
GEOG208 The Geography of the U.S. and Canada
BI101  General Biology I 4
HST110  Ancient World History 4
SOC204  General Sociology 3
SP111  Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
Fifth Quarter 
GEOG202  Geography of Europe3 or
GEOG209 Geography of the Middle East and North Africa
GEOG265  Introduction of Geographic Information Systems 3
ART205  History of Western Art: Medieval - Renaissance 4
BI102  General Biology II 4
Sixth Quarter 
GEOG205  The Geography of the Pacific Rim or
GEOG214 Geography of Mexico and Central America
GEOG290  Environmental Problems and Restoration 3
BI103  General Biology III 4
HPE295  Health and Fitness for Life 3
  Humanities requirement 2, 4  3

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 degree; refer to degree requirements, page 10 of the printed catalog.

Professional Association and Transfer Schools' Web Links
Association of American Geographers -
Association of Pacific Coast Geographers -
Oregon State University -
Portland State University -
University of Oregon - 

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