Geography

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Student Transfer Achievement Reform (STAR) Act (SB1440)

Associate in Arts
Transfer Preparation* (Major Code: 01775)

Geography is a science that seeks to analyze the physical environment as well as study human influences to and interactions with the environment. Thus, this discipline examines the various physical forces that help shape the landscape and the role that humans play in the alteration of the landscape. Geography is a spatial and temporal science.

A geographer will study the spatial and temporal distribution of vegetation across the globe, the physical forces leading to earthquakes and volcanoes, the historical and future arrangements of human societies across the planet, and the reasons behind differing climates from one part of the world to the next—presently, historically, and predicatively. The field is strongly interdisciplinary with roots in the physical and cultural sciences.

In addition, geospatial technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) are requisite tools for the modern geographer.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Students will be able to define and apply major sociological concepts, theories and research methodologies to analyze a variety of social and/or cultural issues.

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

  • Completion of minimum 60 semester or 90 quarter units of degree applicable courses.
  • Minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework.
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “Pass”) for each course in the major.
  • Completion of the California State University General Education (CSU GE) Breadth pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.  For more information, refer to the catalog section, “Certificate of Achievement” under Graduation, Certificates, and Degree Requirements.
Required Core
GEOG 100
GEOG 101
INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY---PHYSICAL ELEMENTS
and PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY LABORATORY
4
GEOG 120INTRODUCTION TO GEOGRAPHY: CULTURAL ELEMENTS3
List A
Select two or three of the following:6-9
WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
GEOGRAPHY OF CALIFORNIA
INTRODUCTION TO MAPPING AND GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)
EXPLORING OUR WORLD-MAPS AND GEOSPATIAL SCIENCE
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
List B
Select two of the following or any course from List A not already used:6-8
GIS PROJECT DESIGN AND APPLICATIONS
and ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
Introduction to Remote Sensing
and ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
INTRODUCTION TO IMAGE ANALYSIS
and ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING
and ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
PRINCIPLES OF GEOLOGY
Total Units19-24