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The following are the present degree program offerings in the disciplines of Geography, Geology, and Physical Science. For course/unit requirements, please refer to the present Course Catalog.

•Geography (Major Code: 01770): Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.)

Geography is a modern department with roots in the ancient past. Thousands of years ago, the Egyptians and Greeks observed the world, attempting to explain the heavens and the Earth. Today, geography still strives to answer those same questions utilizing modern techniques. Thus, this department examines various aspects of human, physical, and regional geography and the nature of their interactions (both spatially and temporally). Geographers not only observe the world, but also study the natural and anthropogenic influences that affect Earth's surface and atmosphere. Topics of study include biogeography, geology, urbanization, pollution, climatology/weather, and cultural studies. Geography is truly interdiscplinary covering sciences such as meteorology, geology, physics, astronomy, oceanography, cartography, anthropology, and sociology.

•Geology (Major Code: 01780): Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)

Geology is the study of the composition, structure, and evolution of the Earth. It is an interdisciplinary science that combines geological observations and concepts with those of astronomy, biology, oceanography, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Geologists study rocks, minerals, and fossils, and examine Earth changing processes such as plate tectonics and the rock rock cycle. Specialization within the field of geology ranges from engineering and geophysics to paleontology and marine geology.

•Physical Science (Major Code: 01670): Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)

The Physical Science program is an interdisciplinary approach to the study of science that stresses the interrelationship of chemistry and physics, as well as geology, biology, astronomy, oceanography, geography, and mathematics. Learning in this department offers broad academic training in the sciences as well as advanced training in analytical thinking.


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