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.
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 phenomena 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:
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.
RESTRICTION: International coursework from non-United States regionally accredited institutions cannot be applied to associate degrees for transfer.
Designed for students to gain a solid foundation in GIS theory and related technologies, such as GPS and remote sensing. Sequence of courses build upon each other to provide hands-on technical skills demanded of the professional workforce, culminating with a professional map portfolio and repertoire of spatial analysis skills. Opportunities for interns and entry-level positions are abundant, provided students learn industry-standard software, GPS skills, database management and mapping design. Students must choose from additional courses, such as computer-aided design (CAD), database management, computer programming, surveying, spatial analysis and are encouraged to participate in an internship. A skills certificate is designed to provide career technical skills; it is not equivalent to an associate degree.