Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Associate in Arts, Geography
Major: 8113
First Term: 2019 Fall
Award Type: AA

CIP Code: 45.0701
Program Availability: CG, EM, GC, GW, MC, PC, PV, RS, SC, SM
Total Credits: 60-64
GPA: 2.0
SOC Code: Upon completion of this degree, students may pursue a career as:
17-1021.00 Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
17-1022.00 Surveyor
45-4011.00 Forest and Conservation Workers

Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career as:
19-2043.00 Hydrologists
19-3092.00 Geographers
15-1199.04 Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists
15-1199.05 Geographic Information Systems Technicians
33-2022.00 Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a career as:
19-2021.00 Atmospheric and Space Scientists
19-2041.00 Environmental Scientists
19-2041.01 Climate Change Analysts
19-2042.00 Geoscientists
19-3051.00 Urban and Regional Planners
25-1064.00 Geography Professors


Description: The Associate in Arts (AA), Geography provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in human and/or physical geography. Graduates of this Associate degree program can work as cartographers, land surveyors, GIS analysts, and forest and conservation workers. With a bachelor`s degree, students can pursue a number of careers, including geographers, hydrologists, GIS technicians and technologists, and forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students can pursue careers as atmospheric and space scientists, environmental scientists, geoscientists, climate change analysts, urban planners, and geography professors.

Program Learning Outcomes
1. Evaluate spatial patterns and relationships within the framework of the scientific method. (GCU102, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, (COM))
2. Examine the interdependent relationships between the physical and human/cultural environment (such as landforms, climate, resources, political and economic systems, sociology, sustainability). (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, MAT206, [FYC], [L], (COM))
3. Critically assess and analyze real-world issues through application of geographic concepts, systems, principles, and theories. (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, [FYC], [L], [MA])
4. Communicate geographic analyses through verbal, written, and/or geospatial techniques. (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, LANG, [FYC], [L], [MA], (COM))
5. Recognize ethical considerations encompassing the professional activities of geographers. (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, [FYC], [L], (COM))
6. Collaborate with diverse individuals, groups, and institutions to achieve common goals in the field of geography. (GCU102, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, [FYC], (COM))
Required Courses
GPH113 Introduction to Physical Geography (4) OR
GPH111 Introduction to Physical Geography (3) AND
GPH112 Introduction to Physical Geography Lab (1) 4

GCU102 Introduction to Human Geography 3
GCU121 World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere 3
GCU122 World Geography II: Western Hemisphere 3

+ GPH211 Landform Processes (4) OR
GPH212 Introduction to Meteorology I (3) AND
GPH214 Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory I (1) OR
GPH213 Climate and Weather (3) AND
GPH215 Climate and Weather Laboratory (1) 4

GIS205 Geographic Information Technology 3
Credits: 20

MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: December 11, 2018

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