Geography

Folsom Lake College Geography

Geography is a spatial science that studies the Earth’s physical features and its human elements. Geographers study the relationships among geographic places, natural systems, society, cultural activities, and the interdependence of all these over space.

There are two main branches of geography: human geography and physical geography. Human geography is concerned with the spatial aspects of human existence, which is how people and their activities are distributed in space, how people use and perceive space, and how people create and sustain the places that make up Earth’s surface. Physical geographers study the physical elements and spatial processes that make up and shape the environment, including energy, air, water, weather, climate, landforms, soils, animals, and plants.

Geographers also study the linkages between human activity and natural systems. Geographers were, in fact, among the first scientists to sound the alarm that human-induced changes to the environment were beginning to threaten the balance of life itself. Geographers today are active in the study of global warming, desertification, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, groundwater pollution, flooding, and sustainability.

The Folsom Lake College geography program offers courses that satisfy lower division general education requirements in both the physical and social sciences. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution with a major in geography should consult the lower division requirements at the university they plan
to attend.

Career Options

Cartographer
Climatologist
Demographer
Educator (elementary through university)
Environmental Consultant
Geoscientist
GIS Analyst
International Business
International Development
Land Surveyor
Marketing Analyst
Natural Resource Management
Park Ranger
Real Estate Analyst
Remote Sensing Specialist
Research Scientist
Tourism
Transportation Specialist
Urban and Regional Planning

Some career options may require more than two years of college study.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive course offerings, including a physical laboratory.
  • Field study courses to Yosemite, Point Reyes, Monterey/Big Sur, and the Lake Tahoe area.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

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This program is part of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics meta-major.

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Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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This program is part of the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences meta-major.

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