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Geography is the study of cultural systems, the natural environment, and human-environment interactions. Geographers examine spatial distributions and patterns in a wide range of topics, such as urban sprawl, global climate change, the spread of religions, the growth of the global economy, migration trends, and the impact of environmental hazards. Depending on the course, geography is considered either a natural science (e.g., physical geography) or a social science (e.g., world regional geography). Regardless of area of emphasis, geographers understand the importance of scale (from local to global) when investigating real-world problems.

Program Goals

The primary objectives of the Geography program include the following: fulfillment of general education requirements for the natural sciences and social sciences, completion of the Associate of Arts degree, preparation for transfer to four-year institutions, and completion of general education requirements for students enrolled in four-year institutions.

Award Type Units

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Career Options

Most careers in Geography require education beyond the Associate degree and some require a graduate degree. Common career options in Geography include, but are not limited to, the following: Land use planner, demographer, water quality technician, spatial analyst, park biogeographer, and teacher.

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Program Learning Outcomes