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Geography

What Will I Learn?

As a student studying geography at Heartland Community College, you will be introduced to world geographic structures and regions particularly as they relate to world cultures. Advanced courses offer a look at relationships between economic activities and geographical associations including trade and transportation routes, economic interdependence of nations and geographical influence on world conditions as well as a geographical study of state, national and world regions with political emphasis in geographical implications on political structures.

What Is The Occupational Outlook?

Job seekers with a background in geography can be employed in a variety of areas including geographic information systems, surveying, cartography, and photogrammetry.

In 2009 in the State of Illinois, the median annual salary was $60,941 for surveyors, $44,193 for cartographers and photogrammetrists, and $76,385 for geographers.1

What Are My Options?

The Associates Degree with emphasis in Geography is designed for students planning to complete the first two years of study leading to a baccalaureate degree and major in social science at a four-year college or university.



  1. Department of Employment Security, State of Illinois, Wage Data 2010, on the Internet at http://www.ides.illinois.gov/Custom/Library/publications/Publications/WageData.pdf (visited June 1, 2012)