Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer

Math and Sciences: Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer

The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer (AA-T in Geography) degree will prepare students to seamlessly transfer to a baccalaureate program in geography at a CSU. The program provides students with a well-rounded introduction to the physical and social science aspects of geography as well as the technology and techniques used by professional geographers. Students working toward the degree will complete survey courses in the two main sub-disciplines: physical and cultural geography. Students will also have the opportunity to focus their studies on one of these sub-disciplines or to continue a broad study of geography.

The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer (AA-T in Geography) degree meets the requirements of SB 1440 for Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADT). These degrees are intended to make it easier for students to transfer to California State University campuses, but do not exclude admittance to other colleges or universities.

To earn an Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer (AA-T in Geography) degree a student must complete the following:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    • The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education ā€“ Breadth Requirements.
    • A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A ā€œPā€ (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will understand the unifying themes of physical geography and have a working knowledge of the discipline's diverse conceptual and methodological approaches.
  2. Students will understand the unifying theses of cultural geography and have a working knowledge of the discipline's diverse conceptual and methodological approaches.
  3. Display competency in the graphic expression of geographic/spatial data (maps, photographs, graphs, databases).

 

Required Core Courses Units
GEOG 101, Physical Geography: Earth's Surface Landscapes 3
GEOG 101L, Physical Geography Lab: Earth's Surface Landscapes 1
GEOG 105, Cultural Geography 3
   
Required Electives A Units
Select 6-7 units from the following:  
GEOG 102, Physical Geography: Earth's Weather and Climate 3
GEOG 106, California Geography 3
GEOG 110, World Regional Geography 3
GEOG 201, Map Interpretation and GPS 4
GEOG 205, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
GEOG 299, Special Topics ā€“ Field Geography 1
   
Required Electives B Units
Select 6 units from the following or any course from List A not already used:
ANTH 102, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
GEOL 101, Physical Geology 3

Except in cases of prerequisite requirement, it is not required that courses be taken in exactly this sequence; they are recommended in this order to facilitate success.

 

Recommended Plan of Study

 
First Semester Units
GEOG 101, Physical Geography: Earth's Surface Landscapes (CSU GE Area B1) 3
GEOG 101L, Physical Geography Lab: Earth's Surface Landscapes (CSU GE Area B3) 1
Course from GE requirement Area A1 3
Course from GE requirement Area A2 3
Course from GE requirement Area B4 3
Course from GE requirement Area E 3
  Total 16
   
Second Semester Units
Required Elective A: GEOG 102, Physical Geography: Earth's Weather and Climate 3
GEOG 105, Cultural Geography (CSU GE Area D5) 3
Course from GE requirement Area A3 3
Course from GE requirement Area B2 3
*Elective 2
  Total 14
   
Third Semester Units
Required Elective A: GEOG 106, California Geography (CSU GE Area D5) 3
Course from GE requirement Area C 3
Course from GE requirement Area C1 3
Course from GE requirement Area C2 3
*Elective 2
  Total 14
   
Fourth Semester Units
Required Elective A: GEOG 201, Map Interpretation and GPS 4
*Elective: GEOG 205, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
Required Elective B: ANTH 102, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (CSU GE Area D1) 3
*Elective: POLS 101 (CSU GE Area D & AIR) 3
*Elective: HIST 107, 108, 109, or 110 (CSU GE Area D & AIR) 3
  Total 16
  Degree Total 60

*Electives should be taken from other courses within the major or recommended course as noted.

Last updated: April 6, 2018