Geography Degrees

Associate of Arts for Transfer Degree (AA–T) in Geography

TThe Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree (AA-T in Geography) is a 60 unit program which provides students the lower division coursework required for transfer to a CSU institution for the major in Geography.

Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree (AA-T in Geography) will be able to:

  • analyze the controls, distribution, and classification of world climates
  • compare and contrast different types of landforms
  • and analyze spatially related problems related to current/recent geopolitical events

Students must complete the following requirements:

  • 60 semester or 90 quarter CSU-transferable units
  • the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern
  • a minimum of 18 semester or 27 quarter units in the major or area of emphasis as determined by the community college district
  • obtainment of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • earn a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis
See ADT Requirements

Associate of Arts Degree in Geography

The Associate in Arts in Geography Degree (A.A. in Geography) is designed to provide lower division education to students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in Geography.

After completing this degree in Geography, a student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast different types of landforms
  • Analyze the controls, distribution, and classification of world climates
  • Analyze spatially related problems related to current/recent geopolitical events

Career Opportunities

The study of geography offers students a wide array of potential career paths. Geography graduates often go on to work at colleges, universities as teachers and researchers. Opportunities also exist with federal and state governments and non-governmental organizations in the form of social science and public health analysis, community planning and cultural advocacy. Some geography graduates find employment in the fields of regional planning, natural resource management, retail site location analysis, real estate, or GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

Examples of careers for Geography majors include:

  • Education / Outreach
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Analysis
  • Regional Planning
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Retail Site Location Analysis
  • Real Estate
  • Community Development
  • Human Rights / Social Justice Advocacy
  • Human / Social Services
  • International Development / Affairs

The Associate in Arts in Geography Degree (A.A. in Geography) is primarily transfer oriented. It prepares students to enter 4-year Geography programs at the university level.

Required Core Courses (13 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
GEOG 1 Intro Physical Geography 3 units
GEOG 2 Introduction to Cultural Geography 3 units
GEOG 6 World Regional Geography 3 units
MATH 10/H Elementary Statistics or Honors 4 units

Elective Courses (at least 9 units)

Course Number Course Title Units
ANTH 1 Introduction to Physical Anthropology 3 units
ANTH 2 Introduction to Archaeology 3 units
ANTH 3/H Introduction to Cultural Anthropology or Honors 3 units
BIOL 059 Climate Change 3 units
ECON 1A/H
AND
ECON 002A/H
Principles of Macroeconomics or Honors
AND
Principles of Macroeconomics Lab or Honors
3 units

1 unit
  OR  
ECON 1B/H
AND
ECON 2B/H
Principles of Microeconomics or Honors
AND
Principles of Microeconomics Lab or Honors
3 units

1 unit
GEOL 1A/H Physical Geology 4 units
GEOL 1B Historical Geology 4 units
GEOL 12 Earth Science with Lab 4 units
GEOL 15 Geology of California 3 units
GEOL 20 Field Geology 2 units
GIST 16A Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 units
GIST 16B Mobile GIS 3 units
GIST 16C Spatial Analysis for GIS 3 units
GIST 16G Introduction to Remote Sensing 3 units
GIST 16I GIS Programming and the Web 3 units
HIST 4A Western Civilization I: Prehistory to 1500 CE 3 units
HIST 4B Western Civilization II: 1500 CE to present 3 units
HIST 5A World History: Prehistory to 1500 3 units
HIST 5B World History From 1500 3 units
HIST 12 African American History 3 units
HIST 14 History of the Native North Americans 3 units
HIST 16 Mexican-American History 3 units
HIST 17A United States History 3 units
HIST 17B/H United States History or Honors 3 units
HIST 20 History and Geography of California 3 units
POLI 1/H American Government or Honors 3 units
POLI 2 Comparative Governments 3 units
POLI 3/H Introduction to Political Science or Honors 3 units
POLI 4 International Relations 3 units
PSCI 10 Physical Science Survey 3 units
PSCI 20 Weather and Climate 3 units
PSYC 1/H General Psychology or Honors 3 units
PSYC 9 Psychology of Women: A Multicultural Perspective 3 units
SOCI 1 Introduction to Sociology 3 units
SOCI 2/H Social Problems or Honors 3 units
SOCI 20 American Race Relations 3 units

Total Major Units: 20 units

Total Program Units: 60 units

Only includes the program major requirements.

Fall, Year 1 (6 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
GEOG 1 Intro Physical Geography 3 units
Elective Course 3 units

Spring, Year 1 (6 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
GEOG 2 Introduction to Cultural Geography 3 units
Elective Course 3 units

Fall, Year 2 (6 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
GEOG 6 World Regional Geography 3 units
Elective Course 3 units

Spring, Year 2 (4 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
MATH 10/H Elementary Statistics or Honors 4 units
Last Updated 10/21/21