Geography, Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree
Banner code: 2_AAT_GEOG
Financial aid: Eligible
The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer Degree focuses broadly on Earth’s physical and human/cultural landscapes. Geography describes and explains the locations, distributions, and interrelationships of all surface features, both physical and human/cultural. The purpose of the degree is to develop geographic literacy—a critical understanding of the planet, which is crucial in our increasingly interconnected world. Students choosing the Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer Degree will study a range of geographical subjects including Physical Geography, Cultural Geography, World Regional Geography, GIS/Geographic Information Systems, and coursework in complimentary disciplines such as Geology and Anthropology. Students will master the techniques and tools of geography, including GIS/Geographic Information Systems, scientific research and reporting techniques, map reading and interpretation, classification systems, and fieldwork techniques. Students will be prepared to enter a baccalaureate degree in Geography at a CSU and, subsequently, pursue an exceptionally wide range of careers in education, research, planning, environmental consulting, GIS, international business, and government. The intent of an Associate Degree for transfer is to assist students in seamlessly transferring to a California State University.
Program Level Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Describe the locations and distributions of major surface features, both human and natural/physical.
- Discover and explain the spatial and causal relationships among human and natural phenomena.
- Apply the tools and techniques of geography to develop understanding and appreciation of the planet.
Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements
Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:
- Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
- Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
- Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
- Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.
Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.
|Required Courses – Core|
|GEOG G180||Introduction To Geography: Physical Geography||3|
|GEOG G185||Human Geography||3|
|GEOG G180L||Physical Geography Laboratory||1|
|GEOG G100||World Regional Geography||3|
|GEOG G190||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||2|
|Select two of the following:||6-9|
Any course from List A not already used
|MATH G160||Introduction To Statistics||4|
|CS G153||Java Programming, Introduction||4|
|PHYS G120||Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics||4|
|ECON G170||Principles of Micro Economics||3|
|BIOL G100||Introduction To Biology||4|
|CHEM G180||General Chemistry A||5|
|PSCI G180||American Government||3|
|ANTH G100||Introduction To Cultural Anthropology||3|
|GEOL G110||Physical Geology||4|
|GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)||37-39|
|Total units that may be double-counted||10-16|
|Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units) 1||10-28|
Credit earned in AAT