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Geography is the interdisciplinary study of the Earth's landscape, people, places, environment, and their interconnections. Bryan Krouse, Geography and GIS Faculty and Program Head

Are you intrigued by the study of the earth, its people, and its many environments? CWI offers you an opportunity to explore geography with this associate degree program. Our curriculum 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. Our 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

  • Identify and classify human characteristics, human activities and processes, and interpret their spatial distribution on the Earth's surface (continued)
  • including composition of environment, population, cultural complexes, economic interdependence, settlement and political patterns.
  • Classify, explain and analyze the spatial distribution of the physical processes, such as solar energy, oceanic circulation, plate tectonics, earthquakes and volcanoes, weather and climate.
  • Apply and demonstrate skills using geospatial technology.
  • Demonstrate analytical processes using geographic inquiry and spatial thinking skills.

Additional Opportunities

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.

Respectful Community

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Congratulations to Kathy Guthrie, College of Western Idaho’s Staff of the Month for July 2019.

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