Geography, A.A.-T

An Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer will fulfill the requirements for students to transfer to a four-year college or university as a Geography major.

AA.GEOG.OPTBAAT or AA.GEOG.OPTCAAT

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CSU: General Education Option B

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics 3
GEOG-101 Physical Geography 3
GEOG-104 Physical Geography Lab 1
GEOG-108
World Regional Geography
or Cultural Geography
3
 Units14
Spring Semester 1
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
Select one of the following: 3
Black History in the American Context  
Latinx/Chicanx Literature  
Multiethnic Literature (formerly ENGL-280)  
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
ART-100 Art Appreciation 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
 Units15
Summer 1
ENVS-101 Environmental Science 3
 Units3
Fall Semester 2
GEOG-111 Geography of California 3
ART-101 Art History: Prehistoric Through Medieval Art 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
GEOG-105 Map Interpretation and Spatial Analysis 3
 Units12
Spring Semester 2
BIOL-115 Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology) 4
GEOG-115 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 3
PHIL-101 Introduction to Philosophy I 3
ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology 3
GEOG-106 Introduction to Weather and Climate 3
 Units16
 Total Units60

UC: General Education Option C

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
MATH-140 Introduction to Statistics 3
GEOG-101 Physical Geography 3
GEOG-104 Physical Geography Lab 1
GEOG-108 World Regional Geography 3
 Units14
Spring Semester 1
ENGL-103 Critical Thinking and Writing 3
GEOG-102 Cultural Geography 3
PHIL-101 Introduction to Philosophy I 3
ART-100 Art Appreciation 3
BIOL-115 Introductory Topics in Biology: Cells to Ecosystems (formerly Topics in Biology) 4
 Units16
Fall Semester 2
HIST-111
U.S. History to 1877
or U.S. History Since 1865
3
GEOG-111 Geography of California 3
ART-101 Art History: Prehistoric Through Medieval Art 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish I  
Elementary French I  
American Sign Language I  
GEOG-105 Map Interpretation and Spatial Analysis 3
 Units16
Spring Semester 2
ANTH-102 Cultural Anthropology 3
GEOG-115 Introduction to Geographic Information Science 3
Select one of the following: 4
Elementary Spanish II  
Elementary French II  
American Sign Language II  
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
GEOG-106 Introduction to Weather and Climate 3
 Units16
 Total Units62

NOTE: For students who did not meet the LOTE requirement in high school, they may fulfill Area 6 by demonstrating proficiency by completing ASL-100 American Sign Language IFREN-101 Elementary French I or SPAN-101 Elementary Spanish I with a grade C or better. Languages other than English for Native Speakers are also acceptable for meeting this requirement. 

Course Title Credits
Required Core Courses
GEOG-101Physical Geography3
GEOG-104Physical Geography Lab1
GEOG-102Cultural Geography3
or GEOG-108 World Regional Geography
List A: Select two to three
Select 6-10 units of the following:6-10
Field Studies in Geography
Map Interpretation and Spatial Analysis
Introduction to Weather and Climate
Geography of California
Introduction to Geographic Information Science
List B: Select two
Select any course from List A not used above or one of the following courses:6
Cultural Anthropology
Honors Cultural Anthropology
Urban Geography
Total Units19-23
Course Title Credits
Units for Major19-23
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern37-39
Possible double counting: 10 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 CSU transferable units)

Total Units for A.A.-T Degree: 60 units

The overall requirements for this Associates Degree for Transfer (ADT) can be met by:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University.
  • Completion of California State University General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
  • Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Completion of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A “P” (Pass) grade is acceptable if pass is defined as a grade of C or better. ADTs are intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. A student completing an ADT is guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not a particular campus or major. Students should meet with a Counselor to develop a comprehensive educational plan to further understand university and transfer requirements.

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