Geography

Geography is defined by its concern with place.  Geographers strive to answer spatial questions regarding the earth’s surface; to describe and explain the character of regions; to ascertain the ways in which historical and contemporary humans have used and shaped the earth’s surface; and to understand the interactions of physical, biotic, and human systems within our global environment.

Students of geography find that they develop insights and methods of inquiry that are particularly applicable to understanding many of the complex problems confronting societies.  For instance, the distribution and consumption of natural resources, air and water pollution, processes and management of natural environments, growth and development of urban areas, increasing populations, transportation problems, spatial inequalities, location of services, and conflicts between nations are some of the issues dealt with by geographers.

Students interested in majoring in Geography can complete their first two years of coursework at Iowa Central and then transfer to a public or private college for the remaining two years.

Geography Careers

  • Anthropologist
  • Archeologist
  • Cartographer
  • College Instructor
  • Demographer
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Extension Service Worker
  • Environmental Management
  • Geographic Information Analyst
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Population Analyst
  • Public Administration
  • Research Assistant
  • Rural Development Professional
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Transportation Engineer
  • Urban Planning

Course Schedule

Iowa Centralís Geography curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong background in the methodologies, theories, and fundamental concepts of geography and related social sciences and natural sciences.

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
ENV-133 Environmental Science/Population Problems
1.0
MAT-111 Math for Liberal Arts
4.0
ANT-105 Cultural Anthropology
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
ENV-135 Environmental Science/Pollution Problems
1.0
POL-111 American National Government
3.0
OR
POL-112 American State & Local Government
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
GEO-121 World Regional Geography
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENV-131 Environmental Science/Future Alternatives
1.0
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
POL-121 International Relations
3.0
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics
3.0
SOC-115 Social Problems
3.0
XXX-XXX History Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BIO-102 Intro to Biology
3.0
BIO-103 Intro to Biology Lab
1.0
HIS-211 Modern Asian History
3.0
REL-105 Intro to Religion
3.0
SOC-110 Intro to Sociology
3.0
XXX-XXX History Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 63.0

Staff

Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu
Jenny Shivers Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1252 shivers@iowacentral.edu