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    Irvine Valley College
    May 22, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog: September 2019 Edition 
2019-2020 Catalog: September 2019 Edition [ARCHIVED]


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Dean: Traci Fahimi
Academic Chair: Jodi Titus
Faculty: Jodi Titus


Geography is the academic discipline which studies the earth and its people in their many mutual relationships and regional variations. Geography students examine a broad range of topics-from the physical nature of the earth’s surface and atmosphere to the varied human activities which interrelate with the physical environment and result in a distinct spatial imprint on the land. As a result of its interdisciplinary nature, geography is an outstanding discipline for students who wish to integrate the physical and social sciences.


An undergraduate major in geography can prepare the student for a professional career in urban and community planning, resource management, earth and atmospheric sciences, cartography and geographic information systems, education, and regional analysis. With careful planning, students who complete a four-year degree in geography are discovering an expanding variety of employment possibilities.  

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the geography program, students will be able to

  • Identify and demonstrate an understanding of “Five Themes of Geography.”
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Earth’s physical landscape, human activities, and how they shape each other at various scales over time.

Potential Careers (For Non-Transfer Degree Recipients)

Examples of careers for the geography major include the following:

Cartography/GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

  • Cartographer/Computer Mapper
  • Geographic Information Specialist
  • Remote-Sensing Analyst
  • Surveyor

Cultural and Human Geography

  • Community Developer
  • Map Librarian
  • Peace Corps Volunteer

Economic Geography

  • Location Expert
  • Market Researcher
  • Real Estate Agent/Broker/Appraiser
  • Traffic Manager (Shipper)/Route Delivery Manager

Environmental Studies

  • Environmental Manager
  • Forestry Technician
  • Hazardous Waste Planner
  • Park Ranger

Geographic Education

  • College Professor
  • Elementary/Secondary School Teacher
  • Overseas Teacher

Physical Geography and Earth Science

  • Coastal Zone Manager
  • Hydrologist
  • Outdoor Guide
  • Soil Conservationist/Agricultural Extension Agent
  • Weather Forecaster

Regional Geography

  • Area Specialist
  • International Business Representative
  • Travel Agent

Urban and Regional Planning

  • Health Services Planner
  • Transportation Planner
  • Urban and Community Planner


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