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Geography studies how physical, biological, and human processes shape the landscape in which we live and cause regions to differ from each other. Geography is everything!

Geographers try to:

  • To understand coupled human environmental systems in the face of land change
  • To deliver pertinent information on the vulnerability and resilience of these systems for decision making

Geography is a bridging, integrating, and synthesizing science. We combine our talents with scientists in other disciplines to make a difference as we improve people’s ability to prosper as the land changes. We also use geospatial technology (GIS, Remote Sensing, and GPS) to help solve real-world problems. For more on geospatial technology, click here and see below.

Youth Mappers Map-a-thon
On GIS day eve, nearly forty students attended our first map-a-thon as we mapped buildings and roads in Kenya!  We were fortunate enough to have Dr. Patricia Solis give the keynote GIS Day lecture.  Visit the Youth Mappers web site for more.

A.S. degree in Geography and GIST Certificate Coming Soon
An A.S. degree in Geography is expected Spring 2017.  For more, please visit new and upcoming courses.

NSF Geospatial Grant (2015-2018)
In the summer of 2015, we received a 3-year NSF ATE grant for $200,000 to provide professional development for high school teachers and to create a Geospatial Certificate program and career pipeline.  For more, go to the GeoTech Consortium of Western New York home page

Digital Map Gallery
A permanent gallery of 16 world maps showcasing aspects of human geography and physical geography was installed fall of 2016 throughout the Brighton Campus and shown as a temporary poster display at the Damon City Campus. As in an art gallery or museum, the maps will have a display label explaining the map as well as a QR Code that students can scan with their smart phone, tablet, or laptop to get additional information and ways to interact. A map for the maps was created by Professor Pierce's GEG 131 students.  For more, go to: .

GIS Scholars
Read how local inner city youth in Rochester are using geospatial technology to explore crime, vacant housing, busing schedule and more.  They are GIS Scholars!

Without Geography, you're nowhere!

Mount Hope Tour
with Professor Boester

Geospatial Technology Courses
Geospatial Technology

Weather Station
MCC's WeatherWeb!


MCC is the host of the
New York Geographic Alliance (NYGA)


MCC Geography/GIS Alumni wins prestigious undergraduate Geospatial award!

A former MCC Geography/GIS student recently won the "Marble-Boyle award”, supported by Mr. Jack Dangermond of ESRI.

Location & Contacts

Brighton Campus

Building 8, Room 212
Hours: M-F 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Phone: (585) 292-2015