About Geography at SMC 

All fields of geography (from physical to human to geographic techniques, including geospatial studies and analysis) have been experiencing remarkable renaissance and growth that has accelerated during the last several years. Additionally, there is a growing need for professionals in environmental and urban studies to analyze and solve the spatially related problems that confront us. Geospatial studies and technologies consistently rank among the top ten growth industries of this century (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Modern geographers around our nation and our world are helping to solve problems ranging from natural resource distribution and use to urban planning, and from identifying and preparing for natural hazards, to analysis of human population and migration patterns.

Our range of geography courses at SMC provides excellent opportunities for students to build geographic knowledge and skills that can be used in many different fields and disciplines.  They also lead our students into geography and related programs at the top universities, including numerous leading California universities.

Degrees and Certificates

At this time, the Geography Program offers an PDF fileAA-T Degree in Geography. We are in the process of establishing a Geospatial Technology Certificate.

Career Options

This list is not comprehensive.

  • Cartographer
  • Census Planner 
  • Climatologist
  • Coastal Zone Specialist 
  • Demographer 
  • Environmental Manager
  • Forestry  Technologist 
  • GIS Specialist
  • Remote Sensing Specialist
  • Resource Specialist
  • Teacher/College Professor
  • Urban Planner
  • Weather Forecaster 




Program Level Outcomes

Upon completion of a Geography course: 

  1. Students will be able to identify spatial patterns and interrelationships between systems and cycles that affect life and shape landscapes.

  2. Students will demonstrate cartographic literacy, including map interpretation.

  3. Students, using spatial analysis skills, will be able to analyze, recognize and evaluate spatial distributions on all scales from local to global to become better global citizens.

Geography Courses

All classes (EXCEPT GIS and Solar Photovoltaic classes) meet IGETC and GE transfer requirements. Courses are not sequential; there are no prerequisites.

  • Geography 1: Introduction to Natural Environment

  • Geography 2: Introduction to Human Geography

  • Geography 3: Weather and Climate

  • Geography 5: Physical Geography with a Lab

  • Geography 7: Introduction to Environmental Studies

  • Geography 8: Introduction to Urban Studies

  • Geography 10: Living in a Hazardous Environment

  • Geography 11: World Geography

  • Geography 14: Geography of California

  • Geography 20: Introduction to GIS

  • Geography 23: Intermediate GIS

  • Geography 24: Geospatial Imagery: Maps for the 21st Century

  • Geography 35(S)/(F): Field Studies in Geography