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Geography Courses

Geography is the study of earth as the home of people. - Yi-Fu Tuan, Geographer, Pioneer in Field of Human Geography

What is Geography?

Although its roots extend back to ancient Greece, modern geography is said to have begun with the 15th century explorations that, ultimately, put the Americas on the map. The word “geography,” in fact, comes from the Greek for “Earth description,” and the field has close ties to cartography (mapmaking). In its study of both people and places, geography is often divided into two branches. Human or cultural geography focuses on the relationship between humans and their environment. Physical geography focuses on earth’s natural features, including water, air, land and life.

Geography Courses at Macomb

Macomb’s Geography Courses will provide you with an understanding of the geographic principles underlying the patterns of human activities on the Earth’s surface, as well as the distribution and interconnections of the world’s physical, economic, cultural and political systems. There is also an opportunity to gain a geographical perspective of the landforms, culture and economic activities specific to Michigan and the Great Lakes region. Macomb’s Geography Courses are:

  • Principles of Geography
  • Geography of Michigan and the Upper Great Lakes
  • World Regional Geography

Career Opportunities with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography

While a master’s or doctoral degree is required to become a geographer, there are jobs related to geography available to those with a bachelor’s degree in geography, including positions in urban planning/community development, cartography, environmental management, teaching and as a Geographic Information Systems Specialist (GIS).

Transfer Pathways to a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography

The credits earned in Macomb’s Geography Courses transfer to many colleges and universities in Michigan.

If you intend to transfer and pursue a bachelor’s degree in geography, speak with a Macomb counselor or academic advisor as soon as possible after you have applied to Macomb to plan the best pathway.

How do I find out more about Macomb’s Geography Courses?

For more information on the Geography Courses at Macomb, contact the Associate Dean, Social Science, at South Campus: 586.498.4124, ,or at Center Campus: 586.286.2140,

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