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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 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.

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

College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

News and Blogs

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Faculty from Boise State’s Environmental and Urban Studies Program will be on campus to discuss transfer opportunities, make connections, and help students explore career paths.

Kathy Guthrie, July 2019 Staff of the Month

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

Katt Grossman, 2016 Alumna

"CWI empowered me by showing me I am smart, outgoing, and able to do so many more things than I thought I could.”

Justin Vance

Department Chair of History, Culture, and Politics, Dr. Justin Vance, has been named to the National Geographic Idaho Advisory Council. 

Dr. Steven M. Radil, Assistant Professor of Geography at University of Idaho

University of Idaho geographer will lecture on his project mapping the militarization of police.

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College of Western Idaho (CWI) has been sharing stories of success from several of this year’s graduates as we countdown to the 2017 commencement ceremony. The road traveled by students to arrive at CWI and the experiences along their education journey are all amazing and inspiring in...