• Geography

  • Catalog Year 2017-2018

    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 in the catalog.

    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:

    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
    ART260 Digital Photography and Imaging 4
    GEOG105 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
    WR121 English Composition 4
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    GEOG106 Introduction to World Regional Geography 3
    MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics 5
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5
    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 3
    GS106 Physical Science: Geology 4
    First-year Modern Language elective1 5
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    GEOG206 Geography of Oregon or GEOG208 The Geography of the U.S. and Canada 3
    COMM111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 4
    BI101 General Biology I: Introduction to Cellular Biology 4
    HST110 Ancient World History 4
    SOC204 General Sociology: Principles of Sociology 3
    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
    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

    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, COMM112, 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, in the printed catalog.

    Professional Associations’ and Transfer Schools’ Web Links
    Association of American Geographers - AAG
    Portland State University – Department of Geography at PSU
    University of Oregon – Department of Geography at UO