ADT in Geography

This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Geography major to achieve an Associate in Arts Degree in Geography for Transfer (AA-T in Geography) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. This program is designed to prepare the student with a fundamental understanding and acquisition of knowledge in the Geography discipline. The curriculum includes courses in Human Geography, Physical Geography/Earth Science, and Earth Technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems, and Global Positioning Systems. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in Geography or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university's requirements.

Students receiving this transfer degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" (or "P") or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 

Required courses:
GEOG 104World Regional Geography3
GEOG 118Physical Geography3
Select six (6) units from the following courses:
Introduction to Weather and Climate3
California Geography3
Select six (6) to seven (7) units from the following courses:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology - Honors
Physical Geology4
Cultural Geography3
Introduction to Global Studies3
Global Issues3
Total Units18-19

A.A.-Transfer Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Geography A.A.-Transfer Degree will:

  1. Develop an understanding of geography and connections between humans and their environment.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to contextualize cultural patterns of development, industry, population, migration, language and ethnicity.
  3. Identify relationships between natural hazards and geologic structures or climatic patterns of atmospheric circulation.
  4. Demonstrate skills in spatial thinking, site analysis, mapping, remote sensing tools and the methods/techniques for modern field data collection.
  5. Demonstrate global awareness, tolerance and respect for alternative cultural perspectives as an approach to resolving climate change as well as major global issues and cultural conflicts.

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.