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Geography (AS)

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Bridging Places and Cultures

Travel to different locations to collect data to update maps and Global Information Systems (GIS) databases, analyze population patterns to provide better emergency services, draft plans for a sustainable landscape using plants that don’t need additional watering, create a map of a regional park for visitors to use, gather groundwater samples to test and report water quality. Geography not only studies the physical areas of the earth, such as its seasons, bodies of water, and other physical attributes, but it also looks at the relationship these places have on people and human culture. 

Geographers not only update maps and survey changes in the landscape, but they also study the interconnections of human culture and location. Understanding geography helps us to understand how people’s cultures have developed. Knowing Baja California is a thin peninsula helps to understand why so many who live there rely on the ocean for their food.

Careers in Geography

Geographic-centered careers will keep you on the move, exploring new places and surveying new lands. These careers also rely on GIS and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technologies, among others. Most careers also require research and reports on the findings.

Here are some careers and their salaries you could have with a geography degree: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Associate Degree $59,470/year $28.59/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(as fast as average)
1,510

Collect data and make maps of the Earth's surface.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
High School Diploma or equivalent $82,950/year $39.88/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
Moderate-term on-the-job training 3% increase
(slower than average)
970

Study market conditions to examine potential sales of a product or service.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $63,190/year $30.38/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 7% increase
(faster than average)
36,110

Develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master’s Degree $96,060/year $46.18/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase
(as fast as average)
2,180

Collect, measure, and interpret geographic information in order to create and update maps and charts for regional planning, education, and other purposes.

National data

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $64,430/year $30.98/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 15% increase
(much faster than average)
11,800

Study the physical aspects of the Earth.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $86,560/year $41.62/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(as fast as average)
1,180

What You’ll Learn at LASC in Geography

You can receive an Associate in Science in Geography (AS) degree at LASC where you will:

  • Explain the basic concepts of geography while you develop crucial research, observing, and critical-thinking skills to help you use and expand upon these concepts.
  • Understand how geography has helped to shape your life, and be able recognize this for other human cultures.
  • LASC provides internships so you can build your career connections and create community ties for after you graduate.
  • Want to transfer? Getting your Associate in Science in Geography degree (AS) at LASC will save you money on your first two years of college learning from inspiring, dedicated faculty. Visit your counselor to fund out what options are available for you.

 

Degrees & Courses You Will Take

Review LASC’s degree in Geography and our suggested course of study for this program. Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

Major Code: 2206

Total Units Required: 60

Upon graduating from the program, you will be able to:

  • recognize and articulate how geography affects your life
  • explain the basic concepts of geography
Required Courses: Units
BIOLOGY 3 Introduction to Biology 4
CHEM 101 General Chemistry I 5
GEOG 1 Physical Geography  3
GEOG 2 Cultural Elements of Geography 3
MATH 227 Statistics  4
TOTAL UNITS 19
Recommended Electives: Units
ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3
GEOG 7 World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 15 Physical Geography Laboratory 2
GEOG 25 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
OCEANO 1 Introduction to Oceanography 3
PHYSICS 6 General Physics 4
SOC 2 American Social Problems 3

Get Ready Before You Start

Are you interested in a career in geography? If so, you can start preparing for it before your first class starts at LASC:

  • Make an appointment with your LASC academic counselor to review LASC’s program, start to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), and discuss your career goals and if you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university.
  • Still in high school? If there isn’t one already, start a Geography Club at your high school. Find out if there are any nearby universities or colleges with summer geography programs for high school students and contact public agencies to see if they are offering high school internships. It’s also a great idea to talk with your high school counselor to ask about other opportunities in geography. 

Program Learning Outcomes 

As a student, once you complete the program, you should be able to:

  • Recognize and articulate how geography affects your life.
  • Explain the basic concepts of geography.