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geography Overview

Geography is the window through which we gain a deeper understanding of our world. Our Geography program invites you to embark on a fascinating journey of exploration, where you will delve into the intricacies of human interaction with the Earth. We focus on identifying spatial and temporal variations in both natural and human processes, providing you with valuable insights into our planet's past, present, and future.


Geography is the bridge that connects us to the Earth's landscapes, cultures, and environments. Our Geography program invites you to explore the dynamic relationship between humanity and our planet, providing you with the tools to analyze, understand, and contribute to the world's sustainability. Whether you aspire to be an environmental advocate, urban planner, or simply wish to deepen your global awareness, SJCC offers you the opportunity to embark on this enriching journey. 

Department Contacts

  • Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts Division
  • 408-288-3785
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student learning outcomes

  • Describe what makes Earth habitable using knowledge of its physical geographical characteristics.

  • Articulate a working knowledge of latitude, longitude, globes, map projections, internet map, legend, and graph information.

  • Classify and analyze climates, landforms, regions, and processes and describe their construction and correlation.

  • Analyze the effects of human-environment interactions and assess their past, present, and future impacts, and the human actions which reduce, eliminate, or remediate the effects.