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Social Sciences Division

Dr. Robyn Brammer, Dean

For more information contact:
Ann Yarchin

Division Coordinator
ayarchin@gwc.cccd.edu
714-892-7711 x58125

GEOGRAPHY

Geography describes and explains the locations, distributions, and interrelationships of all surface features, both physical and human/cultural. The purpose of the degree is to develop geographic literacy—a critical understanding of the planet. Defined as a spatial science, geography is the study of places, where those places are in relation to other places and features on earth, and the relationships between people and their environments. An understanding of geography is crucial to long term progress and sustainability, especially in our increasingly interconnected world.

Associate In Arts In Geography For Transfer Degree

Required courses | Semester at a Glance


Associate In Arts In Geography For Transfer Degree

The Associate in Arts in Geography for transfer degree focuses broadly on Earth’s physical and human/cultural landscapes. Geography describes and explains the locations, distributions, and interrelationships of all surface features, both physical and human/cultural. The purpose of the degree is to develop geographic literacy—a critical understanding of the planet. Defined as a spatial science, geography is the study of places, where those places are in relation to other places and features on earth, and the relationships between people and their environments. An understanding of geography is crucial to long term progress and sustainability, especially in our increasingly interconnected world. Students in the Geography Transfer program will investigate a broad range of geographical topics in both the social science and physical science subdivisions of geography. Students will be prepared to complete a baccalaureate degree in geography and pursue careers in education, research, planning, environmental consulting, GIS, international business, and government. The intent of an Associate Degree for transfer is to assist students in seamlessly transferring to a California State University.

Program Level Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the locations and distributions of major surface features, both human and natural/physical.
  • Discover and explain the spatial and causal relationships among human and natural phenomena.
  • Apply the tools and techniques of geography to develop understanding and appreciation of the planet.
  • Below is a recommended sequence for this transfer major. Please note, this sequencing is dependent on the following:

This is the major pattern for students planning to transfer to a CSU. It is strongly recommended that students contact a GWC counselor to develop an official Student Educational Plan to discuss non-CSU universities, or if they have questions about the CSU AA in Geography for CSU Transfer.

Required courses

Core: 6 units
Geography G180 – Introduction to Geography: Physical Geography – 3 units
Geography G185 – Cultural Geography – 3 units

List A: 6 units
Geography G180L – Physical Geography Laboratory – 1 unit
Geography G100 – World Regional Geography – 3 units
Geography G190 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems – 2 units

List B: Select two courses
Any course from List A not already used.
Mathematics G160 – Introduction To Statistics – 4 units
Computer Science G153 – Java Programming, Introduction – 4 units
Physics G120 – Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics – 4 units
Economics G170 – Principles of Micro Economics – 3 units
Biology G100 – Introduction to Biology – 4 units
Chemistry G180 – General Chemistry A – 5 units

Political Science G180 – American Government – 3 units
or
Political Science G180H – American Government Honors – 3 units

Anthropology G100 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units
Geology G110 – Physical Geology – 4 units

Total units 18 – 21


Semester at a Glance – Associate In Arts In Geography For Transfer Degree

Semester 1
Geography G180 (Core) – Introduction to Geography: Physical Geography – 3 units
Geography G185 (Core) – Cultural Geography – 3 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 2
Geography G180L (List A) – Physical Geography Lab – 1 unit
Geography G100 (List A) – World Regional Geography – 3 units
Geography G190 (List A) – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems – 2 units
General Education – TBD

Semester 3
Choose one course: (List B)
Math G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units
or
Computer Science G153 – Java Programming, Introduction – 4 units
or
Physics G120 – Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics – 4 units
or
Biology G100 – Introduction to Biology – 4 units
or
Chemistry G180 – General Chemistry A – 5 units
or
Political Science G180/G180H – American Government, Honors – 3 units
or
Anthropology G100 – Intro to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units
or
Geology G110 – Physical Geology – 4 units

General Education – TBD

Semester 4
Choose one course: (not already used above)
Math G160 – Introduction to Statistics – 4 units
or
Computer Science G153 – Java Programming, Introduction – 4 units
or
Physics G120 – Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics – 4 units
or
Biology G100 – Introduction to Biology – 4 units
or
Chemistry G180 – General Chemistry A – 5 units
or
Political Science G180/G180H – American Government, Honors – 3 units
or
Anthropology G100 – Intro to Cultural Anthropology – 3 units
or
Geology G110 – Physical Geology – 4 units

General Education – TBD

Major total: 18-21 units

CSU General Education Breadth or IGETC Pattern: 37-39 units
Total units that may be double-counted: 10-16 units
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units): 10-28 units
DEGREE TOTAL UNITS (max): 60 units

( ) Description in parentheses indicates credit earned in AAT.

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GEOGRAPHY G100 – 3 Units
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World Regional Geography
Recommended for transfer students majoring in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and natural sciences. An introduction to geography through a regional study of a variety of environments with emphasis on the ways humans have adapted to and/or changed them. The regions studied will include the Americas, Eurasia, Africa, Australia and islands and oceans. C-ID GEOG 125 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

GEOGRAPHY G180 – 3 Units
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Introduction to Geography: Physical Geography
Advisories: Mathematics G010
Recommended for transfer students majoring in anthropology, economics, geography, history, sociology and the natural sciences. A study of the basic physical elements of the geographical environment, with particular attention to the earth as a planet, its structural features, landforms, meteorological and climatological phenomena, vegetation, soils and environmental regions. C-ID GEOG 110 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

GEOGRAPHY G180L – 1 Unit
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Physical Geography Laboratory
(Formerly known as: Geography G181)
Prerequisites: Enrollment in or completion of Geography G180
Corequisites: Enrollment in or completion of Geography G180
This course is designed to provide supplemental, practical laboratory exercises that correlate to topics covered in Physical Geography G180. Lab experience will include map analysis and interpretation, weather prognostication, landform processes and evolution, tectonics, biogeography, and habitat analysis. C-ID GEOG 111 Lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

GEOGRAPHY G185 – 3 Units
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Cultural Geography
(Formerly known as: Geography G104, Introduction to Geography: Cultural)
Recommended for transfer students majoring in anthropology, economics, history, geography or sociology. An introduction to geography through a topical study of the patterns of human occupation and land use over the earth’s surface and the correlation with the natural environment. Particular emphasis will be given to population, agriculture, politics, language, religion, folk and popular culture, urbanization and industrialization. C-ID GEOG 120 Lecture. Optional pass/no pass grade. Transferable to CSU; UC.

GEOGRAPHY G190 – 2 Units
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Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Advisories: Completion of or concurrently enrolled in English G098 and Mathematics G010
This is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with the technology, capabilities, and functionality of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and geospatial inquiry. Visualization and analysis of distributions and relationships of physical, social, cultural, and economic features to support decision-making is emphasized. Spatial analysis methods are presented and interactively practiced by students to examine and solve social and scientific problems. Students learn proper techniques for sourcing, manipulating, and managing social and scientific data, making logical queries of that data, measuring and validating results, and then presenting their findings in a professional, constructive manner. C-ID GEOG 155 Lecture & lab. Letter grade only. Transferable to CSU; UC.

The Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) in Geography will transfer to the following California State Universities:

CSU Chino
CSU Dominguez Hills
CSU East Bay
CSU Fresno
CSU Fullerton
CSU Humbolt
CSU Long Beach
CSU Los Angeles
CSU Monterey Bay
CSU Northridge
CSU Pomona
CSU Sacramento
CSU San Bernadino
CSU San Diego
CSU San Francisco
CSU San Jose
CSU San Luis Obispo
CSU San Marcos
CSU Sonoma
CSU Stanislaus

The list of CSU campuses for this major was provided by the California State University’s A Degree with a Guarantee website: http://adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Most of the courses in this program also transfer to the University of California (UC) System and Private Universities. Please see your GWC Counselor early in your studies to choose the transfer option that is right for you.

  • Cartographer.
  • Commercial/residential surveyor.
  • Environmental consultant.
  • Geographical information systems officer.
  • Planning and development surveyor.
  • Secondary school teacher.
  • Town planner.

Full-time faculty:

Chair: David W. Moore
Professor, History
B.A. (Honors), University of Greenwich, London England; M.A. University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England; further graduate study: University of Northumbria; The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
dmoore@gwc.cccd.edu
(714) 892-7711 x58264
Office Admin 228

Michelle Palma
Instructor, Geography
B.A. in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA
M.A. in Geography from University of Georgia
Ph.D. in Geography from University of Georgia
mpalma2@gwc.cccd.edu
Phone: (714) 892-7711 ext. 51056
Office: Admin 216


Part-time faculty:

  • Megan L. Hoberg
  • Laszlo Mariahazy
  • Kathleen Moriarty
  • James Reck
  • McLaren Shane