Geography

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The Geography program at Lake Tahoe Community College provides students with general background knowledge through lecture, lab, and field-based courses. Students will gain a broader understanding of their physical environment and the interconnectedness between it and other disciplines.

Program Learning Outcomes
• Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in geography. 
• Evaluate how human activities are not only influenced by the physical world, but also how these activities influence our natural environment.
• Communicate the complexity of society and the natural environment into its component interconnected systems.


Yosemite Fieldtrip atop Limbert Dome

Transfer Degree

To obtain the Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree, students must complete the following requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth Requirements.
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

A. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
See current catalog for details.

B. REQUIRED COURSES
28-30 units distributed as follows:

1. Both courses from the following (9 units):
GEG 101 Physical Geography (5)
GEG 102 Human Geography (4)

2. Select three of the following courses (11.5-12 units):
GEG 103 World Regional Geography (4)
GEG 106 California Geography (4)
GEG 113 Meteorology (4)
GEG 134/CIS 135A Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.5)

3. Select two of the following courses (7.5-9 units):
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology (4)
GEG 108 Water Resources (4)
GEG 114 Economic Geography (4)
GEG 135/CIS 135B Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (3.5)
GEL 102 Physical Geology (5)
Any course not already selected in Area B.2.

C. ELECTIVE UNITS to bring the total to 90.

 
Certificate

All courses from the following (7 units):
GEG 134/CIS 135A Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.5)
GEG 135/CIS 135B Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (3.5)

This employable skills certificate in GIS is designed to provide opportunities to learn the fundamentals of computerized mapping and data analysis. The courses serve as both a career-readiness certificate leading to employment or continued study leading to a more advanced certificate or degree.