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Map your future

Geography is an interdisciplinary field of study focused on understanding and solving today’s complex problems such as global and local wealth inequities, cultural diversity and demographic change, migration, climate change and environmental sustainability. With the rapid growth in geospatial data and technology tools, geography has become an important bridge between the social and natural sciences.

The Harper geography department offers transferable general education courses such as human geography, introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems), regional geography (world, developing countries, developed countries), and physical geography. Career programs include the GIS certificate program and a new certificate program in drone technology.

An educational background in geography or GIS can lead to a career as a GIS programmer/analyst, remote sensing scientist or technologist, drone operator, market analyst, urban planner, ecologist, intelligence analyst, social studies teacher to name a few.

Start at Harper. Finish at a four-year university.

The Associate in Science (AS) degree prepares you to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in geography or a related major. Speak with your advisor about the best courses to take to meet your academic goals.

Harper also offers institution-specific transfer information to help prepare you to transition to a four-year university. To learn more, visit our Transfer Information page or see your advisor.

Earn a workforce credential

Jumpstart your career by learning new skills through a certificate program.


Next steps

To learn more on potential careers or coursework, contact the Geography Department.

For more information about starting your college education at Harper, please contact Admissions Outreach at 847.925.6700 or fill out our request information form.

Last Updated: 4/8/24