Associate in Arts for Transfer | SC Program: AA-T.4002

Geography is the study of Earth’s environments and how humans interact with them. Subject matter in the physical, biological, and social sciences is investigated in order to develop an understanding of our complex world. Students explore challenges and solutions to environmental change, resource use, urbanization, migration, conflict, and sustainability. Students are exposed to a range of geographic methods including field observation, research, map reading, and geospatial technologies. The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree is designed to prepare students for a seamless transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree in Geography or a similar major. 

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon  satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, the student should be able to:

  • Outline the foundations of physical and human geography.
  • Summarize world regions and local landscapes in terms of geographic characteristics and interconnections.
  • Perform spatial reasoning to address contemporary challenges and opportunities.
  • Effectively use maps to interpret landscapes and measure geographic phenomena.
  • Discuss the role of geospatial technologies in the acquisition, analysis, and display of geographic data.


In addition to the 37-39 unit general education pattern for CSU or IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Science in Geology for Transfer Degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course, or a “P" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Required Core
  • GEOG 1A Physical Geography (3)
  • GEOG 1AL Physical Geography Lab (1)
  • GEOG 1B Human Geography (3)
List A (Select two to three courses): 6-10
  • GEOG 7 California Geography (3)
  • GEOG 8 World Regional Geography (3)
  • GEOG 9 Map and Geospatial Principles (3)
  • GEOG 10 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
  • ESCI 14 Meteorology (4)
  • GEOG 2A Physical Field Geography (1) OR GEOG 2B Human Field Geography (1)
List B (Select two courses): 6

*Any List A course not already used

  • GEOG 5 Digital Planet: GIS and Society (3)
  • ANTH 2 Cultural Anthropology (3)
Associate in Science in Geography for Transfer Degree Requirements

Major: 19-23

General Education: 37-39

General Electives: 7-17**

Degree Total Will Not Exceed: 60 Units 

**Number will vary depending on units that double count.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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