Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog 
    Mar 24, 2018  
Montgomery College 2017-2018 Catalog

Applied Geography AAS: 344

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(R): 344

This curriculum is designed primarily for the student who desires to pursue a profession in geography, cartography, geographic education, or geographic information systems (GIS). The curriculum provides the student with an opportunity to test his or her interests prior to making a commitment for advanced study. Completion of all requirements will lead to the AAS.

Course work in this curriculum (involving fieldwork, use of computer technology, mapping projects, and research) will explore four related disciplines. Geography, the first discipline, is the study of places; it enables the graduate to function as a paraprofessional in a broad range of studies. The geography graduate assists in performing research and compiling data in activities connected with cultural and physical components of the environment, as well as city planning, marketing, transportation, and domestic and foreign area studies. Cartography, the second discipline, is the art and science of map construction; its skills enable the graduate to use, compile, and construct maps and related cartographic products. Geographic education, the third discipline, provides prospective teachers and currently employed teachers seeking to meet certification requirements in Montgomery County and Maryland with exposure to geographic concepts and methodology. GIS, the fourth discipline, combines the use of computer technology with the field of geography to help analyze and problem-solve spatial information.

General Education Course Selections

Click here to view the Foundation/Distribution Courses  for selection to fulfill the General Education Course Requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

All students should review the Advising Worksheet and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Total Credit Hours: 60

* ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or elective.

Select from the following program electives GEOG 211 , GEOG 251 , GEOG 255 , GEOG 260   and GEOG 270  .

Program Outline / Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements

Foundation Courses

  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Mathematics foundation 3 semester hours (MATF)

Distribution Courses

  • Arts or humanities distribution 3 semester hours (ARTD or HUMD)

  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD)

  • Natural sciences distribution with lab 4 semester hours (NSLD)

General Education Elective

  • General education elective 4 semester hours (GEEL)

Total Credit Hours: 60

* ENGL 101 /ENGL 101A , if needed for ENGL 102 /ENGL 103 , or elective.

‡ Select from the following program electives: GEOG 211 , GEOG 251 , GEOG 255 , GEOG 260  and GEOG 270  .

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Examine geography as a spatial concept and describe what it entails and how it is part of daily life.
  • Identify where places are, including continents, countries, states, regions, cities, districts, islands, water bodies, physical features, and other defined locations.
  • Interpret maps and atlases effectively and successfully use a variety of coordinate systems.
  • Use maps and atlases as tools.
  • Demonstrate geographic phenomena.
  • Analyze, discuss, and compose key principles of geography through original research as well as formal and informal writing assignments.

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