Jun 20, 2021  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

Geography: AS

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Associate of Science | 64 credits minimum

Division of Natural Sciences
Taylorsville Redwood Campus
SI 241
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-4880 or (801) 957-4150
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor SI201b,  (801) 957-4858

Associate Professor - R. Adam Dastrup
Assistant Professor - Maura Hahnenberger

Program Description
The Geography program provides a broad knowledge base in physical, cultural, and environmental geography along with technical skill sets in geospatial technology. Students completing the Associate Degree will develop a strong foundation in spatial thinking and analysis using foundational geographical inquiry and scientific methodology. Students will also acquire industry-driven technical skill sets in geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, aerial photography, and global positioning systems (GPS). All students successfully completing the Geography AS degree will receive an industry-focused Geospatial Technology Certificate of Proficiency as part of the associate degree. Students in the Geography program will showcase their knowledge and skill sets in geography and geospatial technology through the creation of an academic portfolio.

Admission into a geography program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information. Students seeking to complete a Geography AS degree at SLCC for transfer are highly recommended to consistently meet with an academic advisor for mapping their academic career plan.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Analyze maps and other geographic representations, geospatial technologies, and spatial thinking to understand and communicate information.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Apply geospatial technology skill sets (i.e. geographic information systems, remote sensing, aerial photography, and global positioning systems) to analyze spatial patterns, trends, distributions, and flow spatially and over time. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface. 1, 3, 4, 7
Interpret the physical and human characteristics of places and that people create regions to interpret Earth’s complexity. 1, 3, 4, 5, 7
Determine how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions. 1, 4, 5
Describe the physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth’s surface. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Analyze the characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems and biomes on Earth’s surface. 1, 3, 4, 7
Explain the characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth’s surface. 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
Determine the characteristics, distribution, and complexity of Earth’s cultural mosaics. 1, 3, 4, 7
Analyze patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth’s surface. 1, 4, 7
Describe the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement. 1, 2, 4, 7
Explain the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth’s surface. 1, 2, 4, 7
Analyze how human actions modify the physical environment and how physical systems affect human systems. 1, 3, 4, 5, 7
Analyze and communicate the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7
Apply geographic principles to interpret the past and present, and to plan for the future. 1, 4, 7

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

American Institutions (AI) Choose One Course (3 Credits) from the Following

Institutional Requirements

Lifelong Wellness (LW) 1 Credit

Student Choice (IN or Depth) 3 Credits

Distribution Areas

Choose one course (three credit hours) from each of the following distribution areas. One of the courses must also be a Diversity course (DV).

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3
Social Science (SS)   3
Physical Science (PS)   3

Graduation Map

Prerequisites and Scheduling

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite courses. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated course may be taken. Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the full program. Students should check the semester class schedule for day/evening availability and modifications caused by varying enrollment.

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