Geography and GIS
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Introduction
GIS is one of the fastest growing career fields in
This exciting technology has applications in many fields, including environmental assessment, analysis of natural hazards, site analysis for business and industry, criminal justice, real estate, location analysis, resource management, land use planning, and global change and systems modeling.
Geography is the science of space and place on Earth's surface. It focuses on the physical and human phenomena that make up the world's environments and places. Geographers describe the changing spatial patterns of places in words, maps, and geo-graphics. Geography's continuing quest is to understand the physical and cultural features of places and their settings on the surface of Earth.
Geography course offerings include basic courses in Physical Geography, Cultural Geography, World Regional Geography, and California Geography which are transferable to most regional 4-year universities. American River College is proud to claim Robert Christopherson, the award-winning author of the Physical Geography textbook, Geosystems, as one of its emeritus faculty members. Courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are also part of the geography course offerings, and are described in a separate section.
Dean: Dr. Rina Roy
Admin. Asst.: Saira Bettencourt
Department Chair: Hugh Howard
Phone: (916) 484-4570
Fax: (916) 484-8550
North Side of Campus Science Area
Our 30-station Computer Lab
provides students with high end computers and printers, suitable for modern GIS data processing and display. We also have a secondary computer lab on campus. We maintain a campus-wide site license for ArcGIS, the industry-standard GIS software produced by Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI).