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The Geography Department offers transfer courses to four-year colleges in diverse academic disciplines such as Geography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Earth Science, Environmental Science, Meteorology, Climatology, Natural Resource Management, Tourism and Recreation, Urban Planning, International Studies, Anthropology and related social sciences. Emphasis in advancing geographic literacy, global awareness and sustainability in the fields of physical and human geography; field study classes provide experiential and interpretive training. Additional technical courses provide expertise in the exciting and fast-growing field of GIS and GeoSpatial technologies. A skills certificate is offered in GIS.

Geography for Transfer

AA-T Degree

The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree (AA-T) program provides students with a strong foundation in Geography. Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate knowledge of global physical and environmental processes; formulate an appreciation of world cultural diversity, including demographics, ethnic studies, agricultural practices, economic development, and resource consumption; generate solutions for a sustainable future; holistically assess integrative environmental and cultural phenomenon based on location and maps; assemble and analyze spatial information (such as maps, data, surveys, qualitative observations), using traditional and modern mapping technology methods; and integrate cultural, environmental, and geographic technology methods.

The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Geography or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 additional prescribed units to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To earn the Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree, students must complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units with a minimum grade point average of 2.0, including both of the following:

  • completion of all courses required for the major with grades of “C” or better; and
  • completion of the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
It is highly recommended that, prior to transferring, students complete courses that satisfy the CSU United States History, Constitution and American Ideals graduation requirement. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Certficate

Designed for students to gain a solid foundation in GIS theory and related technologies, such as GPS and remote sensing, used across disciplines for mapping purposes and spatial analysis. Sequence courses build upon each other to provide hands-on technical skills demanded of professional workforce, culminating with professional portfolio. Demand for interns and entry-level positions & technicians is strong provided students learn industry standard software, GPS skills, database management, mapping design, and chose optional courses, such as computer-aided design (CAD), graphic design, as well as participate in a GIS internship.

For more information, please visit the unofficial Geography web pages and Carol Cox's web page.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Demonstrate knowledge of global physical and environmental processes, locations and develop an appreciation of landscapes
  • Formulate an appreciation of world cultural diversity, including demographics, ethnic studies, agricultural practices, economic development, resource consumption and generate solutions for a sustainable future
  • Utilizing the concept of a region as a geographic unit of study, holistically assess integrative environmental and cultural phenomenon based on location and maps
  • Assemble and analyze spatial information (maps, data, surveys, qualitative observations, etc), using traditional and modern mapping technology methods
  • Applying experiential learning and real-world applications, field studies integrate cultural, environmental and geographic technology methods

Contact

  • Image Location: V 211
  • V 211
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
  • Fall and Spring M-Th: 8:00am - 5:00pm
    F: 8:00am - 12:00pm
  • (916) 660-7900
  • (916) 630-4542

Dawn Ackerman Part-time Instructor, Geology

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Jon Beckler Part-time Instructor, Earth Science, Geography

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Sean Booth Geography Instructor

  • S 205
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Lauren Bria Part-time Instructor, Geography

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

David Krolick Part-time Instructor, Geography

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Steven Smith Part-time Instructor, Geography

  • LR 113
  • 5000 Rocklin Rd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677

Carol Cox Instructor, Geography, History, Nevada County Campus

  • N8 111
  • 250 Sierra College Dr.
    Grass Valley, CA 95945

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