Ancient geographers coined the word geography meaning “to study the earth.” Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is quite simply, about the world in which we live.
Geography is more than just locating places on the map. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences with the natural sciences and provides a holistic insight into the world. It is an interdisciplinary science by nature and provides an ideal framework for relating to other fields.
|A person with a geography degree can find exciting careers in the following areas:|
|Emergency Management||Environmental Manager|
|Demographer||Meteorologist / Climatologist|
|Marketing||Geographic Information Systems (GIS)|
|National Park Ranger||Transportation Management|
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The Associate of Applied Science degree in Geospatial Technologies will prepare students for careers and transfer degrees in geographical information systems (GIS). In this interdisciplinary program, students select a pathway specific to their interest – GIS Analyst, GIS Programming Specialist, GIS Coordinator, or Aerial Sensing Data Analyst. In this profession, graduates are responsible for collecting geospatial data, producing maps, analyzing spatial data, coordinating GIS projects, providing technical expertise to clients or users, and providing programming and software development expertise.View Full Program Details
Geography is the study of Earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It provides a knowledge of the Earth's physical and human systems and of the interdependency of living things and physical environments. The Associates of Arts Degree in Geography is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university and pursue baccalaureate degree programs in geography or related fields. The curriculum fulfills the freshman and sophomore general education requirements for most four-year colleges and universities. In addition, the program offers a one-year certificate in Geographic Information Systems. As part of this degree program, students must complete the requirements of the Ohio Transfer Module in order to graduate.View Full Program Details
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) short-term certificate will provide students with both theoretical and practical applications of GIS. The certificate will cover the foundational concepts in GIS, including the principles of cartography and GIS, database management and analysis, data acquisition, and manipulation of georeferencing and geocoding.View Full Program Details
The Geography Department houses the following specialized learning spaces:
Center for Applied Social Issues (CASI) Research Center is a computer classroom/lab in Room 12-363 that supports the program/course outcomes of quantitative literacy in Geographic Information Systems and in Geography (GIS).
Description of the specific services or activities of the center or lab: GIS classes are held on a regular basis in this computer classroom/lab. ESRI software housed in the lab supports Geographic Information Systems courses.
Center for Applied Social Issues (CASI) Student Learning Lab in Room 12-365 provides an active learning space for students to bolster objectives, as well as facilitate general education outcomes, such as literacy and communication skills. The lab supports the spatial learning outcomes and objectives by providing Geography and GIS students’ access with maps, globes and ESRI software.
Description of the specific services or activities of the center or lab:
What is learning that sticks? How can we teach in a way that students can carry learning with them as they navigate life? One way to deepen the learning is to integrate service learning into our courses. In our GIS courses (GEO1107, 1209, 2210), students completed service learning as a part of individual projects (regular coursework and honors), class projects, and team collaborations. The projects focus on technical and professional course outcomes and competencies related to individual courses and each is assessed using a detailed rubric. The service learning experience comes in many flavors and our students have completed a wide range of projects. One project provides a glimpse into learning that is happening right now. This term, students in advanced spatial analysis are consulting with Tony Kroeger, Senior Planner with the City of Dayton, to create a walkability index for a section of downtown Dayton. Walkability studies are a tool useful in urban planning, but are labor intensive and have never been done in Dayton’s planning department. For this project, the students reviewed academic papers to ground their walkability index in past studies, organized their methods and work, collected and compiled data, analyzed the data and now are in the process of documenting their findings and creating maps. This work was presented to Dayton’s Community and Planning Department and will be used in local project planning.
Sinclair has an Honors program and all of the geography courses are offered for honor’s credit. Qualified students have in the past done service learning projects, presented in professional conferences, and have gone on international trips.
Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography. Gamma Theta Upsilon was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. GTU chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness.
GTU’s Goals are: