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Erinanne Saffell, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Meteorology / Climatology


This program is part of the Cultural Science Department.


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.


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 options for the Geography program
At MCC, get an... Specialize in... Transfer to... To get a... Courses
Associate in Arts, Geography Geography Emphasis to BA Arizona State University Geography (Bachelor of Arts)
University of Arizona Geography (Bachelor of Arts)
Associate in Arts, Geography Geography Emphasis to BS Arizona State University Geography (Bachelor of Science)
University of Arizona Geography (Bachelor of Science)
Northern Arizona University Geography (Bachelor of Science)

Additional Transfer Options

Below are some additional transfer options that may also be available to you. Please contact Academic Advisement to learn more.

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

Career Opportunities

The Geography program can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this program.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Atmospheric and Space Scientists $91,730
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists $61,740
Computer Occupations, All Other $80,280
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics $36,780
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health $38,700
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $63,080
Forest and Conservation Workers $28,990
Geographers $65,700
Geography Teachers, Postsecondary $92,940
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $80,540
Hydrologists $67,760
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $60,740
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other $82,210
Surveyors $57,690
Urban and Regional Planners $73,580
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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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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.