Geography

Sacramento City College Geography

Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers study the relationships among geographic places, natural systems, society and cultural activities, and the interdependence of these from the spatial perspective. There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of the human endeavor. This examination includes the distribution of humans and their correspondent activities, how people use and perceive space, and how humans create and sustain their environs. Physical geography examines the physical elements and spatial processes related to the Earth’s environmental systems. These include energy, air, water, weather, climate, landforms, soils, animals, plants, etc. In addition, geography is increasingly utilizing spatial technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and remotely-sensed imagery, to study the Earth and its inhabitants. The discipline of geography specifically examines the linkages between human activity and natural systems. Geographers were, in fact, among the first scientists to sound the alarm that human-induced changes to the environment were beginning to threaten the balance of life itself. Geographers today are active in the examination and planning of our communities and the development of our human landscapes along with the study of global warming, deforestation, pollution, and a variety of other environmental quandaries. The required and elective coursework for this degree will survey a broad spectrum of physical, human, and geo-spatial inquiry. As a result, the SCC Geography AA-T degree will provide transfer students with a solid foundation in geography as well as the standard prerequisites for upper-division coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree.

Career Options

Geography is the science of place and space. Geographers study the relationships among geographic places, natural systems, society and cultural activities, and the interdependence of these from the spatial perspective. There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Some career areas and specific occupations include: natural resource management; environmental conservation; international development; urban and regional planning; education (K-12 through university); tourism; cartography; climate science; park management; transportation planning and logistics; real estate; international business; marketing; land surveying; research science; remote sensing; demography; GIS analysis; and many more. Some career options may require more than two years of college study.