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Geography, Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T)

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Banner Code: 1_AAT_GEOG
Control Number: 32205

Students graduating with an Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer Degree are well positioned to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in a similar major within the California State University system with 60 units of upper-division coursework. Students who complete the Geography AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum 2.0 is required for CSU admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult a counselor for more information.

The Geography Department at Orange Coast College is a comprehensive program that facilitates the success of general education students and geography majors by offering lower-division geography courses. The Geography Program offers students a variety of courses in physical, cultural, regional and applied geography. Students gain the ability to analyze geographical issues, read and interpret maps, and develop the skills to communicate local, national, and international geographic phenomena to others.

Program Outcome

  1. Prepare students to understand the world geographically, acquire a geographic framework for the contemporary world, and utilize and unique spatial perspective.
  2. Students will be eligible and prepared for admission (SB 1440 and Education Code 66746) to California State University system schools.

Associate Degree for Transfer Requirements

The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum GPA of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors require a higher GPA. Consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18-semester units in the major as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU General Education Breadth — Option 2) OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC — Option 3).
Course Title Units
Required Courses
Core Courses
GEOG A180/A180HPhysical Geography3
GEOG A180LPhysical Geography Lab1
GEOG A185Cultural Geography3
List A
Select at least six units of the following (if not already used above):6-8
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Weather & Climate
California Geography
Digital Mapping: Introduction to GIS
Regional Field Studies in Geography
List B
Select at least six units of the following (if not already used above):6-9
Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Biology
General Chemistry A
Java Programming 1
World Regional Geography
Introduction to Weather & Climate
California Geography
Digital Mapping: Introduction to GIS
Regional Field Studies in Geography
Physical Geology
Introduction to Statistics
Calculus 1
American Government
Program Major Units19-24
CSU or IGETC for CSU 37-39
Transferable electives as needed to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Units 60