Academic Catalog

Geography, AA-T

Program Description

The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree prepares students for transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs as Geography majors and majors in related disciplines. The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific local CSUs.

The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree will enable students to develop a strong foundation in spatial thinking and spatial reasoning and will also offer a wide variety of elective courses in Geography and other related fields for students to develop a broad knowledge base of human behavior. In addition, students will develop strong critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that will prepare them for the requirements of upper division course work.

Learn more about the program on the Geography website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to interpret spatially distributed data and draw valid conclusions by using maps, graphs and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Students will be able to evaluate core concepts in cultural and physical geography and apply them to contemporary events and issues.

Units Required

  • Major: 27

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (49-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core and support courses (27 units, of which 21 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
GEOG 1PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY5
GEOG 2HUMAN GEOGRAPHY4
Support Courses
List A
GEOG 10WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY4
GEOG 12INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY4
or GIST 12 INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
List B
Select 10 units from List B:10
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
GENERAL BIOLOGY: BASIC PRINCIPLES
INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY
GEOSPATIAL DATA ACQUISITION & MANAGEMENT
REMOTE SENSING & DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING
CARTOGRAPHY, MAP PRESENTATION & DESIGN
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
or SOC 7
STATISTICS FOR THE BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
INTEGRATED STATISTICS II
Total Units27