A mix of daytime, evening, Saturday, and online courses.
Start: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer Session, Full- or Part-Time.

About the Program

Geography is a broad discipline encompassing both the physical and social sciences, including:

  • Physical geography - the study of our dynamic planet, and it’s global systems of air, water, land, and life.
  • Human geography - the study of human groups and how they adapt to and modify their environments, and how the world is organized culturally, politically, and economically.
  • Technical geography - involves the use of advanced tools such as remote sensing, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to study the earth and solve problems.

Century’s courses incorporate lectures and discussion, theory with real-world exercises and examples, and content and skill learning. Because our world is so dynamic and ever-changing, we strive to keep our geography curriculum timely, pertinent, and diverse. We create classroom environments that offer a variety of interactive activities and methods conducive to student interest and significant learning.

Potential Careers for Geography Majors

  • Environment and resource management and restoration
  • Land use and transportation planning
  • Tourism: ecological and adventure travel
  • International work: development activities, Foreign Service, international business
  • Spatial management systems for industry, business, and government
  • Teaching at the K-12, college level, or as a museum specialist
  • Cartography (map making)
  • Meteorology: weather & climate forecaster
  • Scientific specialist: e.g., soil scientist, river and coastal resources specialist

Planning for Your Program

Association of American Geographers (AAG) -
Potential careers in geography / geographic education.

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Cost & Financial Aid

As a two-year public community and technical college, Century College receives funding from the State of Minnesota, keeping tuition rates significantly lower than private colleges and universities. With affordable tuition rates and financial aid and scholarship opportunities, our students avoid student loan debt.

Financial Aid

Century College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and our programs qualify for financial aid including grants, loans, and college work-study. Eligibility for financial aid is determined annually based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Century College’s Federal School Code is 010546.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, the Century College Foundation awards more than $300,000 in scholarships to Century College students involved in several areas of study. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Tuition Cost per Credit Comparison: Century College $206.41, University of MN - TC $555.13, Private Colleges & Universities $1,416.

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    Program Faculty

  • Experience: “I have completed my 25th year of college-level teaching, the past 19 years here at Century College. At Century I have taught Geography and Global Studies, as well as serving as Social / Behavioral Sciences Department Chair, Faculty Development Coordinator, Global Studies Certificate Program Coordinator, and Interim Dean.”
    Teaching Approach: “I love our students here at Century, who are genuine and pragmatic. They keep me optimistic about the future! I enjoy sharing with them my passion for geography, people and the planet, places and environments. I want to make geography pertinent to their lives so that they are more aware of their surroundings. What is really exciting for me is to be in a classroom that is full of activity, inquiry, and empowered students. I design classes so that students have multiple ways to succeed.”
    Education: BA, Urban Planning, University of Minnesota-Duluth; MS, Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Hobbies: Biking on the Gateway Trail, hiking and climbing, all things guitar related, brewing.
    David Lyons
    Faculty/Program Director
  • David McKay