This department is in the division of Science.

Geography

The environmental and spatial science of geography examines both physical and cultural landscapes with an emphasis on human-environmental interactions.

Overview

Geography integrates multiple natural and social sciences and includes the study of:

  • Forces of nature and the consequences of those forces;
  • Nature and interactions of the atmosphere and the land;
  • Plants and animals;
  • Earth's waters;
  • Weather and climate;
  • Earth's dynamic surface;
  • Landforms and soils;
  • Human interaction with the physical environment through forms of agriculture, language, religion, and cities.

Courses in geography include:

  • Geography
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Environmental Sciences and Studies
  • Education
  • Gngineering
  • Architecture
  • Earth Sciences

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in geography should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

Degrees/Certificates

Geography Transfer Degree, AA-T

This Associate in Arts degree in Geography for Transfer (A.A.-T.) provides a path to students who wish to transfer to a CSU campus in Geography and serves the diverse needs of students who wish to obtain a broad and an in-depth understanding of the field. Additionally, this degree allows students to examine the environmental and spatial science of geography including both physical and cultural landscapes across the Earth. Courses in Geography also prepare students interested in careers in environmental studies, education, engineering, urban planning, and architecture.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is a designated "high unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

To earn this AA-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  • completion of the following major requirements with grades of C or better;
  • completion of a minimum of 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
  • certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU, which requires a minimum of 39 units.

It is highly recommend that students complete courses that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement as part of CSUGE or IGETC before transferring to a CSU.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in Geography should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

REQUIRED CORE COURSES: Units
GEOG 102 Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 110 Physical Geography 3
  and
GEOG 111 Physical Geography Laboratory 1
  or
GEOG 111H Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors 1
 
LIST A: Select 6 to 7 units from the following: Units
GEOG 100 Map Interpretation and Geospatial Analysis 3
  or
GIS 100 Map Interpretation and Geospatial Analysis 3
GEOG 114 Weather and Climate 4
GEOG 118 California Geography 3
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3
GIS 130 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
  or
GEOG 130 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
 
LIST B: Select 6 units from the following: Units
ANTHRO 102 Cultural Anthropology 3
ENGL 102 Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking 4
  or
ENGL 102H Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors 4
GEOL 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 3
GIS 133 GIS Cartography and Base Map Development 3
OCEAN 101 Elements of Oceanography 3
  and
OCEAN 111 Elements of Oceanography Laboratory 1
POLIT 141 Introduction to World Politics 3
 
MAJOR TOTAL: 19-22 Units
 
Total units that may be double counted: 7-16 Units
 
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU requirements: 39-42 Units
 
CSU electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 6-20 Units
 
Total Units 60
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Demonstrate expertise in basic cartographic principles, including map location, scale, and distortion
  2. Integrate fundamentals of sociology, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and other social and natural sciences within a spatial network of human-environment interactions
  3. Interpret spatial patterns, as indicated on maps, and utilize tabular and textual information as a means to produce basic maps

Geography A.S. Degree Major

The environmental and spatial science of geography examines both physical and cultural landscapes across the Earth.  As a spatial science, physical and cultural location and patterns on Earth's surface are central to the study of geography.  It includes the study of all forces of nature and the consequences of those forces, with an emphasis on human-environment interactions.

Specifically, geography integrates multiple natural and social sciences and includes: the nature and interactions of the atmosphere and the land, plants and animals, the Earth's waters, weather, climate, the Earth's dynamic surface, landforms and soil, and the way people have inhabited and altered the Earth by creating various forms of agriculture, language, religion, and cities.

Courses in geography fulfill the science and social sciences requirement for the associate degree, prepare the students for majoring in geography at a four-year institution, and supplement other studies for students interested in careers in environmental studies, education, engineering, urban planning, and architecture.  Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution as a geography major should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.

To graduate with a specialization in Geography, students must complete the following required courses plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate Degree (total = 60 units).

REQUIRED COURSES: Units
GEOG 102 Cultural Geography 3
GEOG 110 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 111 Physical Geography Laboratory 1
  or
GEOG 111H Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors 1
 
REQUIRED COURSES: CHOOSE 12 UNITS FROM THE FOLLOWING: Units
GEOG 100 Map Interpretation and Geospatial Analysis 3
  or
GIS 100 Map Interpretation and Geospatial Analysis 3
GEOG 106 Geographic Perspectives on the Environment 3
GEOG 114 Weather and Climate 4
GEOG 118 California Geography 3
GEOG 120 World Regional Geography 3
GIS 130 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
  or
GEOG 130 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
GIS 133 GIS Cartography and Base Map Development 3
ECON 208 Business and Economic Statistics 4
  or
MATH 108 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
 
RECOMMENDED COURSES: Units
ECON 100 Introduction to Economics 3
POLIT 100 American Politics 3
POLIT 141 Introduction to World Politics 3
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 3
  or
SOC 100H Introduction to Sociology - Honors 3
 
Total Units 19
PROGRAM LEVEL OUTCOMES:
  1. Demonstrate expertise in basic cartographic principles, including map location, scale, and distortion
  2. Integrate fundamentals of sociology, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and other social and natural sciences within a spatial network of human-environment interactions
  3. Interpret spatial patterns, as indicated on maps, and utilize tabular and textual information as a means to produce basic maps

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