Geography

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Associate in Arts
Transfer Preparation* (Major Code: 01770)

Designed to introduce students to the department through the study of physical elements and cultural aspects of geography. Physical geography examines forces shaping the landscape including weather, soil, water bodies, and the Earth’s interior. Cultural geography studies and compares location and distribution of human values such as cultures, religion, political ideologies, economics, languages, technology, population, and recreation combined to produce a cultural landscape. Regional geography concentrates on specific regions of the world, for example, California.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Students will be able to communicate their understanding and analysis results by making maps, writing research papers and technical reports, giving oral presentations, and developing multimedia presentations.
  • Students will develop capabilities and technical skills to apply scientific research methods (in both natural and social sciences) to observe, collect, and process geographic data; to perform analysis based on the knowledge, theories and principles in geography; and to draw quantitative and qualitative conclusions.
  • Students will develop capabilities and technical skills to apply scientific research methods (in both natural and social sciences) to observe, collect, and process geographic data; to perform analysis based on the knowledge, theories and principles in geography; and to draw quantitative and qualitative conclusions. Specifically, they should be able to demonstrate:
    1. The capability to identify and define research problems in physical and/or human geography fields;
    2. The capability to draw conclusions and/or suggest solutions based on their analysis results.
  • Students will be able to use written text, speech, maps, graphics, equations, and other devices to identify and describe spatial characteristics, patterns and processes at a variety of scales in physical, human, and social economic environment, including themes in atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, population, culture, economics, settlements, and policies.
Program Requirements
GEOG 100INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY---PHYSICAL ELEMENTS3
GEOG 101PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY LABORATORY1
GEOG 120INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY: CULTURAL ELEMENTS3
Foreign Language
Select 12-15 units of Foreign Language12-15
Total Units19-22

In addition, it is recommended that each student take courses listed under one of the following areas of specialization.

Methods of Geographical Analysis
MATH 119ELEMENTARY STATISTICS4
MATH 130INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING3
Natural Resources Environmental Analysis
BIOL 100PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY3
BIOL 101PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY1
MATH 121APPLIED CALCULUS I3
or MATH 250 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I
CHEM 100INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL CHEMISTRY4
PHYS 172COLLEGE PHYSICS II3
PS 102INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS3
Natural Resources Environmental Policy
BIOL 100PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY3
BIOL 101PRINCIPLES OF BIOLOGY LABORATORY1
ECON 101PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I3
or ECON 102 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS II
PS 102INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS3
Physical Geography
CHEM 200GENERAL CHEMISTRY I5
MATH 121APPLIED CALCULUS I3
or MATH 250 ANALYTIC GEOMETRY AND CALCULUS I
Urban and Regional Analysis
ECON 102PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS II3
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Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses specific to the transfer institution of choice. University requirements vary from institution to institution and are subject to change. Therefore, it is important to verify transfer major preparation and general education requirements through consultation with a counselor in either the Counseling Center or Transfer Center. See catalog Transfer Courses Information section for further information.

To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.