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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.

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Social Sciences, Communications, World Languages Division

Dr. Alex Miranda, Dean

For more information contact:
Lindsay McNutt
Division Coordinator

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:

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.


Michelle Palma, Ph.D.

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

(714) 892-7711 ext. 51056

Office: ADMIN 216

Department Co-Chair: Sunshine McClain

Associate Professor, History

A.A. in Social Studies at Golden West College; B.A. in History at California State University, Fullerton; M.A. in History at University of California, Irvine

(714) 892-7711 x51048

Office: ADMIN 228

Department Co-Chair: Noah Levin, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Philosophy

B.S., Harvey Mudd College; M.A., Ph.D., Bowling Green State University

(714) 892-7711 x51062

Office: ADMIN 213


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• Kathleen Moriarty