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Program Description

Physical and cultural geography, including remote sensing, cartography, and geographic information science, are disciplines classified as geography. They generally involve the principles of fundamental relationships and laws in the universe and the culture interactions in a spatial setting. Program Emphasis These programs are designed to prepare students with basic concepts in geography which provide the foundation for upper division study in a baccalaureate institution and also satisfy general education requirements.

The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer Degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Geography or a related major in the California State University (CSU) system. It is accepted by some but not all CSU campuses. Students who complete this degree and transfer to a participating CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. It may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus that does not accept the degree. Students who plan to complete this degree should consult a counselor for additional information about participating CSU campuses as well as university admission, degree and transfer requirements.

Who takes geography and geographic information systems classes?

Some students take our geography classes because they satisfy general education requirements, others because they satisfy their intellectual curiosity. These classes also help you decide if you want to pursue a career in geography or geographic information systems!

What do geographers do?

Pursuing a degree in geography leads to lots of job options! Many geographers work for the federal government. Others work in related fields, such as environmental sciences, urban planning, and real estate.  Some positions require advanced degrees, but others (such as surveyors) do not.

What is the career outlook?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected employment growth for geographers is highly dependent on area of specialization. The strongest job outlook is for cartographers, projected to grow 29% from 2014 to 2024. The median annual salary for geographers was $74,260 in May 2016.

For more information about chemistry-related careers, visit the American Association of Geographers' Careers website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the scientific method.
  • Communicate an understanding of the connections between science and other human activities.
  • Examine the universe in a variety of courses.
  • Utilize critical thinking skills in a variety of scientific applications.

Related Majors/Degrees/Certificates


Any questions?

Please contact the Physical Sciences Department Chair, Dr. James Covalt.