The discipline of Geography is the oldest of all sciences and focuses on both Human and Physical Geographical concepts. Physical Geographers study the natural environment as they explore the processes that drive our planetary system, such as weather, climate, geology, and Ice ages. Human geographers study people and how they relate to the natural environment. Geographers explore the world with a ‘spatial’ perspective so as to answer the questions of Where, Why, and How, do people live and interact on our planet. 

Students in the Geography program earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. If students follow the correct transfer path, they enter transfer partner universities as junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening) and online. Most students take a combination of in-person and online or hybrid courses to complete their Geography studies.  

Program Codes

8113 Associate of Arts (AA), Geography
8604 Associate in Science (AS), Geography - Meteorology

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Program Contacts

Dr. Paul Weser, Geography Lead
Office: SBE-122
(480) 423-6210

Dr. John Shaffer, Geography Lead
Office: SBE-119
(480) 423-6032

Department Office
Office SBE-133
Phone: (480) 423-6206
Fax(480) 423-6298

Transfer Options
Career Outlook

Geographers obtain careers in:

  • National Weather Service
  • water resources
  • environmental air quality
  • forestry
  • community development
  • foreign service
  • geodemographic analysis
  • governmental organizations
  • intelligence analysis
  • international trade
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • public sector transportation planning
  • teaching
  • urban and regional planning
  • sustainability

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment will grow 7 percent by 2026, which is the same as the average anticipated job growth across all occupations. Possible career choices for geographers:

Career Name  Median Salary
Geographer 74,760
Cartographer 61,880
Urban Planner 45.723
Park Ranger 61,220
Ecologist 86,810
Land Acquisition Analyst 61,409
Teacher 57,200
Real Estate Agent 43,370
Land Surveyor 67,356
Land Developer 46,434
Earth Scientist 76,961
Cartographer 61,880
GIS Specialist 49,884
Geomorphologist 92,000
Statistician 76,061