A.S. - Transfer Degree

The geospatial science program emphasizes learning about diverse cultures, physical landscapes and geospatial tools. This major offers a diverse program focusing on contemporary local and world issues.
The leverage of knowledge of cultural and physical processes, and digital modeling techniques, to focus on the effects of space and place, and interpret any landscape using an inherently geospatial approach.
Geospatial Science graduates will demonstrate geospatial analysis through mastery of the following skills:
    • Formulate a geospatial question, and determine the selection of, and impact on affected stakeholders,
    • Describe and explain the relevant physical and human data needed to answer a geospatial question
    • Acquire, represent, and process relevant geospatial data,
    • Apply analytical models to interpret and explain the patterns, processes, and interrelationships represented by geospatial data, and
    • Assess and present results of geospatial analysis.

Program Purpose

Arizona Western College must develop a strategic plan to foster spatial literacy across the geographic curriculum, establish departmental programs to embed geospatial skills, support the K-12 geospatial educational system, and fortify the relationships with the professional workplace environments. Infusing geospatial technologies and spatial literacy can have long-term impacts on the individual, institutions, and society.

Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze the controls, distribution, and classification of world climates.
  • Compare and contrast different types of landforms.
  • Analyze spatially related problems related to current/recent geo-political events.
  • Use spatial thinking to analyze the human organization of space.
  • Understand the associations and networks among phenomena in particular places.
  • Recognize and interpret the relationships among patterns and processes at different scales of analysis.