Academic Catalog

Geography

Program Description

The Greek derivation of the word geography is "earth description." Geography studies natural features such as mountain ranges, rivers, valleys, forests, deserts, and grasslands, as well as man-made features such as cities, roads, dams, and bridges. Geography is truly an integrated discipline. It helps us to understand our natural environment and its capacity to maintain life. Is this capacity of supporting human civilization unlimited? If not, how much more can we abuse our physical environment without diminishing its capacity to sustain life? Geography is central to an understanding of the international global arena and provides an exciting and challenging way to examine our planet.

Learn more about the program on the Geography website.

Associate Degree for Transfer

This program also offers an Associate Degree for Transfer. Learn more and review the degree requirements on the Geography AA-T listing.

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.

Career Opportunities

Geography serves as an excellent undergraduate major. City, county, and state governments are hiring geographers in the field of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), urban planning, and environmental studies because of their broad training. The national mapping division of the United States Geological Survey traditionally needs geographers in map making and its related job openings such as photo-interpretation, satellite image analysis, land use and land cover mapping. In addition, the analytical skills gained through a geography major provide a strong foundation for graduate study in law, urban planning and architecture. Geographers with advanced degrees are also in demand in colleges and universities around the world. Students should enhance their major with a strong array of courses in the international arena, statistics, physical sciences, computer science, and basic business principles.

Award Type(s)

  • AS = Associate in Science Degree

Units Required

  • Major: 37

Additional Information

Note: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking

A minimum of 90 units is required 1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (21 units)
  • Support courses (16 units)

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Core and Support Courses 

Core Courses
GEOG 1PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY5
GEOG 2HUMAN GEOGRAPHY4
GEOG 5INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY4
GEOG 10WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY4
GEOG 11INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING & SPATIAL REASONING4
or GIST 11 INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING & SPATIAL REASONING
Support Courses
Select eight units from the following:8
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
HONORS CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
PATTERNS OF CULTURE
THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO GEOSPATIAL TECHNOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL STUDIES
GLOBAL ISSUES
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION TO 800 CE
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION: 700-1800
HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION 1789-PRESENT
HONORS HISTORY OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION 1789-PRESENT
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/WORLD POLITICS
HONORS INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS/WORLD POLITICS
And eight units from the following: 18
PEOPLES OF AFRICA
ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY
CALIFORNIA ECOLOGY/NATURAL HISTORY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOGRAPHY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOGRAPHY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOGRAPHY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA
INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLE EASTERN CIVILIZATION
HISTORY OF ASIA: CHINA/JAPAN
HISTORY OF RUSSIA & THE SOVIET UNION
COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
HONORS COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Total Units37