About Geography at SMC

All fields of geography (from physical to human to geographic techniques, including geospatial studies and analysis) have been experiencing remarkable renaissance and growth that has accelerated during the last several years. Additionally, there is a growing need for professionals in environmental and urban studies to analyze and solve the spatially related problems that confront us. Geospatial studies and technologies consistently rank among the top ten growth industries of this century (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Modern geographers around our nation and our world are helping to solve problems ranging from natural resource distribution and use to urban planning, and from identifying and preparing for natural hazards, to analysis of human population and migration patterns.

Our range of geography courses at SMC provides excellent opportunities for students to build geographic knowledge and skills that can be used in many different fields and disciplines. They also lead our students into geography and related programs at the top universities, including numerous leading California universities.

Degrees and Certificates

The Geography Program offers an PDF FileAA-T Degree in Geography and a PDF FileGeospatial Technology Certificate.

Career Options

This list is not comprehensive.

  • Cartographer
  • Census Planner
  • Climatologist
  • Coastal Zone Specialist
  • Demographer
  • Environmental Manager
  • Forestry Technologist
  • GIS Specialist
  • Remote Sensing Specialist
  • Resource Specialist
  • Teacher/College Professor
  • Urban Planner
  • Weather Forecaster




Program Level Outcomes

Upon completion of a Geography course:

  1. Students will be able to identify spatial patterns and interrelationships between systems and cycles that affect life and shape landscapes.

  2. Students will demonstrate cartographic literacy, including map interpretation.

  3. Students, using spatial analysis skills, will be able to analyze, recognize and evaluate spatial distributions on all scales from local to global to become better global citizens.

Geography Courses

All classes (EXCEPT GIS) meet IGETC and GE transfer requirements. Courses are not sequential; there are no prerequisites.

  • Geography 1: Physical Geography
  • Geography 2: Introduction to Human Geography
  • Geography 3: Weather and Climate
  • Geography 5: Physical Geography with a Lab
  • Geography 7: Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Geography 8: Introduction to Urban Studies
  • Geography 10: Living in a Hazardous Environment
  • Geography 11: World Geography
  • Geography 14: Geography of California
  • GIS 19: GIS for Business
  • Geography 20/GIS 20: Introduction to GIS
  • GIS 21: GIS for Law Enforcement
  • GIS 22: GIS for Disaster Management
  • Geography 23/GIS 23: Intermediate GIS
  • Geography 24: Geospatial Imagery: Maps for the 21st Century
  • Geography 25/GIS 25: Introduction to Cartography
  • Geography 26/GIS 26: Introduction to Remote Sensing
  • GIS 27: Applications in GIS
  • Geography 35(S)/(F): Field Studies in Geography