Geography

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Contact the Program Director

Erinanne Saffell, Ph.D.

Residential Faculty - Meteorology / Climatology

480-461-7035

This program is part of the Cultural Science Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Geography

Are you fascinated by the world around you and looking to expand your horizons? If you’re interested in geography, geospatial technologies, or meteorology, consider enrolling in our Geography program. This program can prepare you to work in a range of fields like government, education, commerce, industry, transport, and tourism. You will learn analytical and research skills that are highly valued by employers.

The Geography program can open up a wide range of possible roles, depending on the level of education you pursue, including cartographer, geographer, surveyor, hydrologist, GIS technician or technologist, meteorologist, climatologist, forest fire inspector and prevention specialist, atmospheric and space scientist, environmental scientist, geoscientist, climate change analyst, urban planner, and geography professor.

Enroll in the Geography program to explore the possibilities available to you. It’s time to make it happen.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion, Associate Degrees and Transfer Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates, degrees or transfer options is the fastest way to realize your dreams.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Certificate

The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Geography program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Geospatial Technologies

Degrees

MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Geography program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Geospatial Technologies
Associate in Applied Science AAS Geospatial Technologies Track II: Analyst/Developer
Associate in Applied Science AAS Geospatial Technologies Track III: Transfer Emphasis

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)

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

$50,010

Geographic Information Systems Technicians

$79,649

Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists

$79,649

* 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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