Geography pathway courses focus on the spatial analysis of the interrelationship between humans and their natural environments linking physical sciences and social sciences. Geographers use maps, scientific observations, data, and technology to explain the spatial arrangement of physical features and human activities on Earth’s surface. Physical geography, human geography, and Geographic Information Systems or Sciences (GIS) are the three primary areas in the discipline of geography. Physical geography studies physical features and patterns on Earth’s surface. Human geography explores human activities and social patterns. GIS integrates geographic concepts and data with computer programs and a variety of analytical tools.
This Associate of Science (A.S.) in Geography particularly prepares students with solid knowledge in the essentials of physical geography, weather and climate, fundamental skills in GIS or regional geography with a focus on the strategic region of East Asia. Electives can be chosen from other geography courses, geospatial science courses, environmental studies, geology, or other earth science courses.
This pathway is a curriculum designed to prepare students to transition into the Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Spatial Analysis at the University of North Georgia or another four-year institution. Students who complete the Associate of Science in Geography and wish to continue their undergraduate studies at UNG should make an appointment with their academic advisor to explore the Earth System Science or Environmental Studies concentration area and discuss which directed electives are most relevant to the field of geography.