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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA Transfer Geography

The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree prepares students for transfer to California State Universities (CSUs). Students who complete the Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs as Geography majors and majors in related disciplines. The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific local CSUs.

The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree will enable students to develop a strong foundation in spatial thinking and spatial reasoning and will also offer a wide variety of elective courses in Geography and other related fields for students to develop a broad knowledge base of human behavior. In addition, students will develop strong critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills that will prepare them for the requirements of upper division course work.

Learn more about the program on the Geography website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to interpret spatially distributed data and draw valid conclusions by using maps, graphs and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Students will be able to evaluate core concepts in cultural and physical geography and apply them to contemporary events and issues.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 90 units is required to include:

Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the *Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) 49-58 units (full certification is required)
  • Core and suppport courses (27 units, of which 21 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Although it is possible to fulfill the requirements for the Associate Degree for Transfer by completing the IGETC for UC pattern, admission to CSU requires completion of an Oral Communication course (IGETC Area 1C; CSU GE Area A-1); therefore, students who plan to transfer to CSU should complete this course as part of their GE or elective units.

Online Courses for Geography

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every tow years. Please see online Schedule of Classes for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Core Courses (9 units)

GEOG 1 Physical Geography 5
GEOG 2 Human Geography

 Support Courses (18 units)

List A

Select 8 units from List A:

GEOG 10 World Regional Geography 4
GEOG 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology 4
or GIST 12 Introduction to Geospatial Technology 4

List B

And select 10 units from List B:

Cultural Anthropology 4
Honors Cultural Anthropology 4
GEOG 5 Introduction to Economic Geography 4
GIST 52 Geospatial Data Acquisition & Management 4
GIST 58 Remote Sensing & Digital Image Processing 3
GIST 59 Cartography, Map Presentation & Design 2
PSYC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
or SOC 7 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 5
or MATH 10 Elementary Statistics 5

Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit  Associate Degree for Transfer-Geography 2022-2023.

Based on the 2022 - 2023 degree program.