Geography ADT students will learn and practice applying knowledge of how Earth’s environment, culture, politics, and economics are interconnected in today’s globalized world. Geographers apply their knowledge and skills to solve problems and improve people’s lives in their own neighborhoods, across California and the US, and around the world. The Associate of Arts in Geography Degree for Transfer (ADT) is designed to prepare students to successfully transfer to CSU or UC Bachelor’s Degree Geography programs with junior status. Using the fundamentals of the scientific method, critical thinking, research methods, spatial data analysis, and landscape interpretation, the Geography ADT will prepare students for study in a wide range of 4-year degrees in environmental and social science fields.  

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Explain why the environment, culture, and society change so much from place to place, and use that knowledge to navigate life and career

  • Identify and understand critical environmental, cultural, and social issues and challenges existing at a range of scales

  • Explain the key environmental, cultural, and social challenges of the past, present, and future in terms of fundamental geographic, physical, and social science processes and concepts

  • Use information resources, field equipment, spatial technology and map data to research and identify various ways of understanding geographic patterns, challenges, problems, and solutions

Required Courses (19-20 units) Units
GEG-1*/1H* Physical Geography/Honors 3
GEG-1L* Physical Geography Laboratory 1
GEG-2* Human Geography 3
GEG-3* World Regional Geography 3
Electives A Choose from list A below 3-4
Electives B Choose from list B below 3
Electives C Choose from list C below 6
Electives - List A: Select 3-4 units from list A or any course not used above Units
GEG-4* Geography of California 3
GEG/PHS-5* Weather and Climate 3
GEG-30A Field Studies in Geography 1
Elective - List B (3 units) Select any course from list B or any course not used above Units
GEG-7 Map Interpretation & Analysis 3
GEG-8 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, with Lab 3
Elective - List C (6 units) Select any course from list C or any course not used above Units
ANT-2*/2H* Cultural Anthropology 3
GEG-6* Geography of the United States and Canada 3
GEO-1* Physical Geology 3

*Courses may also be used to fulfill general education requirements for the CSUGE or IGETC pattern, please confer with a counselor.

Note: Updates to the Geography ADT are pending until chaptering at the State Chancellor's Office. See catalog addendum for final requirements.

Associate in Science for Transfer Degree
The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements and with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (or a “P” if taken as Pass/No Pass).