Geography | BCTC


What is Geography?

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. They also examine how human culture interacts with the natural environment and the way that locations and places can have an impact on people. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time.

Program Contact

Ryan Kelly
Professor, Geography
(859) 246-6328

What are my career choices?

  • International Area Specialist
  • Business Site Selection
  • Cartographer
  • GIS Analyst
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Geoscientist
  • Teacher
  • Environmental Planner
  • Natural Resource Manager
  • Geographer
  • Geopolitical Analyst
  • Hydrologist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Land Use Planner/Analyst
  • Marketing Analyst
  • Urban/Regional Planner
  • Community Developer
  • Technical Writer

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Course Descriptions

A course exploring the fundamental characteristics of earth's physical environment. Emphasis is placed on identifying interrelationships between atmospheric processes involving energy, pressure, and moisture, weather and climate, and terrestrial processes of vegetative biomes, soils, and landscape formation and change. Fulfills elementary certification requirements in education.
Lab component of GEO 130
A geographical study of the world by regions with a focus on the world's physical and human landscapes. Emphasis on how regions are connected to each other. Also how each region is affected by, and affects, global issues such as economic restructuring, food production, and environmental change, will be examined. Fulfills elementary certification requirement for Education and USP disciplinary social science requirement.
A study of the spatial distributions of significant elements of human occupance of the earth's surface, including basic concepts of diffusion, population, migration, settlement forms, land utilization, impact of technology on human occupance of the earth. (Fulfills elementary certification requirement for Education and University Studies requirement.)

Introduces the study of environmental science and the role of the interrelationship between humans and their environment in contemporary issues. Emphasizes the basic principles of environmental science, functions of ecological systems, contemporary environmental conditions and problems, techniques for investigating these systems, and theories on humanity's place in the world's ecosystems and physical environment. Integrated Lecture/Lab: 4 credit hours (60 contact hours).

Attributes: SL - Science Laboratory, SN - Science
Components: LAI: Integrated Laboratory, LEI: Integrated Lecture

Length of program

You can earn an associate in arts degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.