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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 environment and the interconnectedness between it and other disciplines. A transfer degree in Geography and a Certificate in GIS is available:

The GIS Certificate at LTCC helps students to gain applicable job skills. A geographic information system (GIS) is a powerful computer system that allows users to acquire, organize, store, and analyze information related to our physical and cultural environment. This graphical map-making software enables people to more easily see, analyze, and understand spatial (space) and temporal (time) patterns and relationships. GIS courses at LTCC help to introduce students to GIS software and help current professional users maintain proficiency.

The Geography Transfer Degree at LTCC is designed for students who are interested in solving geospatial problems from an interdisciplinary perspective, linking the natural and social sciences. Students will develop their understanding of the sciences while investigating the legal, economic, and political issues associated with management of the environment. Coursework is designed to align with the major prep and transfer requirements in geography at a variety of institutions. Students are encouraged to meet with a LTCC counselor to ensure that course selections align with the specific transfer requirements of each institution.



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.


See current catalog for details.

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 ArcGIS Online (3.5)

3. Select two of the following courses (7.5-9 units):

ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology (4)
GEG 108 Water Resources (4)
GEG 135/CIS 135B ArcGIS Desktop (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.



This program of study is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to analyze data, understand relationships, and solve problems of a geospatial nature using GIS and its associated software. The Employable Skills Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is designed to keep practitioners current with software changes; meet changing labor market needs; improve chances of employability or job placement opportunities; provide training that may result in skill or wage progression; and/or prepare students for college-level coursework in the field of GIS.

All courses from the following (9.5 units):

GEG 134/CIS 135A ArcGIS Online (3.5)
GEG 135/CIS 135B ArcGIS Desktop (3.5)
CIS 135C Advanced Geographic Information Systems: Web GIS (1.25)
CIS 135D Advanced Geographic Information Systems: Mobile GIS (1.25)

This non-credit program of study is designed for working professionals who are not concerned with acquiring units needed for degree attainment. The Certificate of Completion in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is designed to keep practitioners current with software changes; meet changing labor market needs; improve chances of employability or job placement opportunities; and/or provide training that may result in skill or wage progression.

Students are advised to start the GIS sequence at one of the following levels:

CIS 550 ArcGIS Online or
CIS 551 ArcGIS Desktop or
Equivalent professional work experience or
Instructor approval

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded upon completion of the following courses:

CIS 552 Advanced Geographic Information Systems: Web GIS
CIS 553 Advanced Geographic Information Systems: Mobile GIS


Also known as “map makers”, cartographers take perceptions of the world and “re-create” them as maps. Cartographers may have experience with methods such as surveying and remote sensing.

Emergency Management Planners

Emergency Management Planners utilize geographic tools such as GIS data and remotely sensed data in order to understand and plan for natural and human-induced hazards.

Environmental Planners 

Using tools such as GIS and remote sensing, environmental planners are utilized when planning parks, conservation areas, and also are also used by private sector firms. 

GIS Analysts and Specialists

GIS is a booming area of job growth. GIS Analysts and Specialists use GIS software such as ArcMap to study different phenomena of the earth.

Location Analysts

Analyzing the profitability of a location versus another is an essential step for many businesses. Location analysts are also utilized by government and non-profit groups.

Remote Sensing Analysts and Specialists

Looking at and analyzing the world through satellite and aerial images, geographers who utilize remote sensing are a part of a growing field utilized by numerous sources such as NASA, NOAA, etc.


Everyday something new is being discovered about the world we live. Researchers with a background in geography may have access to and training with different methodologies which may give their research project the edge.


Geography is a fundamental component of a well-rounded K-12 education. Instructors with an established knowledge of geography are desirable to administrators because they provide the opportunity to strengthen a very important aspect of their program.

Transportation Planners and Managers

The science of the flow and ebb of traffic is just as complex as building the infrastructure itself. Transportation Planners and Managers utilize tools such as GIS and surveys in order to understand the transportation needs and wants of an area. This information is then used to plan for future development.

Urban and City Planners

Cities are complex systems with patterns and trends which may be overlooked by the untrained eye. Urban and City Planners study these complexities of an urban environment in order to build new or improve current cities.

There are A NUMBER OF STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS that you can apply for each spring. Scholarships make it possible to earn money for college that does not ever need to be repaid. While some of LTCC's scholarships are competitive, there is a wide variety available you can apply for for free that are awarded based on all kinds of qualities and interests.


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  • Scott Valentine
    Dr. Scott Valentine
    Department Lead
  • Jesse Patterson
    Jesse Patterson
  • Eileen Pena
    Eileen Pena
  • Tom Schaefer
    Tom Schaefer
    GIS Instructor
  • Amy Fish
    Amy Fish
    GIS Instructor
  • Mason Bindl
    Mason Bindl
    GIS Instructor
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    Heather Benson