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Erinanne Saffell, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Meteorology / Climatology


This program is part of the Cultural Science Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Have you ever pored over a map only to look up and see that a couple hours had passed? Or lost yourself in a fascinating documentary about an ancient tribe’s struggle to cope with the encroaching modern world on some island halfway around the globe? Then perhaps geography is right up your alley.

More than just maps and country names and territories, the study of geography contains two distinct forms: Physical and Human.

Physical Geography is the science of the landscape of Earth, from its fiery origins through earthquakes and massive volcanoes to the atmosphere and weather conditions. It examines the processes that have shaped the earth throughout time into what we see it today.

Human geography studies the patterns of human interaction with the land. This diverse academic specialty concerns language, religion, medicine, cities, economics, entertainment, and much more. In human geography the demographic transition model is applied to explain the transformation of countries from their beginnings to modern civilization.

Transfer Degrees

Want to pursue a bachelor’s degree? Save money by starting at MCC in manageable, small classes taught by renowned faculty. Our transfer pathways with Arizona universities help you achieve two goals: completing an associate’s degree while also staying on track to earn a bachelor’s degree at your transfer destination. MCC’s university partnerships throughout the nation assure your seamless transition toward a four-year degree.

A list of available transfer degree options for the Geography program
At MCC, get an... Emphasis in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Geography Geography Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Geography (no emphasis)
(Bachelor of Science)
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Geography (Urban Studies emphasis)
(Bachelor of Science)
Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) Geography
(Bachelor of Arts)
University of Arizona Geography
(Bachelor of Arts)
Northern Arizona University Geographic Science and Community Planning
(Bachelor of Science)
University of Arizona Geography OR Urban and Regional
(Bachelor of Science)
Associate in Science, Emphasis in Geography - Meteorology Geography - Meteorology Arizona State University Geography - Meteorology
(Bachelor of Science)

Additional Transfer Option

Below is an additional transfer option that may also be available to you. Please contact Academic Advisement to learn more.

A list of additional transfer option for the Geography program
At MCC, get an... Transfer to... To get a...
Associate in Science Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Geography program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists


Geographic Information Systems Technicians


Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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Become a Student

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Geography program is available through the Cultural Science department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.