Why Choose Geography at PPCC?

Geography impacts every facet of our daily lives. Students studying geography at PPCC have the opportunity to explore a number of fascinating and varied topics with instructors who have worked in the field, traveled abroad and conducted research.

What will I study?

As a PPCC geography student, you will explore the earth’s surface features and climate, how humans are distributed and the ways in which humans interact with their environment. The program also delves into all aspects of the physical and cultural landscape, and seeks to answer questions such as:

  • How did the various mountain ranges form?
  • What factors make natural disasters particularly destructive?
  • Is climate change human-caused?
  • How do historical ethnic conflicts relate to geography?
  • Where is the link between fires and increased flood risks?
  • Which foods have the least impact on the environment?
  • How do religious beliefs and political systems relate to geography?

Example Classes I Might Take

Examines the spatial distribution of environmental and societal phenomena in the world’s regions; environmental phenomena may include topography, climate, and natural resources; societal phenomena may include patterns of population and settlement, religion, ethnicity, language, and economic development. Analyzes the characteristics that define world regions and distinguish them from each other. Examines the relationships between physical environments and human societies. Examines globalization, emphasizing the geopolitical and economic relationships between more developed and less developed regions.
Introduces students to geographic perspectives and methods in the study of human societies by examining the spatial characteristics of populations, language, religion, ethnicity, politics, and economics. Examines the relationships between physical environments and human societies.
Introduces students to the principles of Earth’s physical processes, emphasizing landforms, soils, and hydrology. Examines the formation and distribution of landforms, such as mountains, valleys, and deserts, and their shaping by fluvial and other processes. The course incorporates an integrated process of lectures, discussion, and laboratory assignments.
Introduces the principles of meteorology, climatology, world vegetation patterns, and world regional climate classification. Includes investigating the geographic factors which influence climate such as topography, location, elevation, winds, and latitude. Incorporates an integrated process of lecture, discussion and laboratory assignments.

Career Options

With an academic background in geography, students can pursue careers in natural resource conservation, cartography, planning, historic preservation, geology, meteorology, disaster preparedness, climate change, teaching and many others.

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