What is Geographic Information Systems or GIS? GIS is a framework to organize, communicate, and understand the science of our world. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates and analyzes...
Are you intrigued by the study of the earth, its people, and environments? College of Western Idaho's (CWI) Geography program will present you with a broad, place-centered perspective on the transformation of environments by society and nature on a variety of scales, from the local to the global.
The Geography program promotes the discovery and broad communication of knowledge about Earth’s physical and cultural environment and the interrelationships between them. A multidisciplinary approach to this study emphasizes contemporary concepts, use of geospatial technologies, and critical thinking.
Why This Program
Careers available to students include teachers, urban planners, business, nonprofit organizations, forestry, social service, cartographers, global-positioning specialists, and government jobs. The U.S. Department of Labor lists geospatial technology (GIS) as one of today’s top three high-growth technology fields. Completion of the program is designed to result in an Associate of Arts degree and meets the general-education requirements at all Idaho public universities. Course selection should be coordinated to meet requirements for your intended transfer institution (if known).
What You Will Learn to Do
- Learn about Earth's physical and cultural environments and the interrelationships between them.
- Apply and demonstrate skills using geospatial technology.
- Earn a GIS Certificate in conjunction with your Geography degree.
CWI’s annual GIS Day is a networking opportunity bringing professionals from the community to share their expertise and experience with students. Geography Club students visit different sites around the region and participate in community service projects in Ada and Canyon County.
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Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins1||N/A||April 10||Nov. 13, 2023|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb. 27||April 17||Nov. 20, 2023|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||July 29||Dec. 16, 2023|
|Admission Deadline2||May 27||Aug. 12||Jan. 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||June 2||Aug. 18||Jan. 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||June 2||Aug. 18||Jan. 12|
|Classes Begin3||June 5||Aug. 21||Jan. 16|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
- Environmental management
- Conservation of biodiversity
- Natural resource management
- Natural hazard perception
- Foreign policy
- National security
- Immigration policy
- Non-governmental organizations
- City/regional planning
- Emergency and disaster planning
- Real estate development
- Resource exploration
- International business
- Site location analysis
- Real estate analysis
- Agricultural Planning
- Travel/Tourism Planning
- Geographic Technology
- Geographic information systems
- Remote Sensing
Geography is a growing career field. The University of Idaho reports a 99% employment placement rate for geographers. The Association of American Geographers has an extensive jobs and careers resource section at http://www.aag.org/cs/careers
Also, professional resources can be found at the following sites:
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