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Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Geography

 

The Associate in Arts (AA), Emphasis in Geography provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in human and/or physical geography. Graduates of this associate degree program can work as cartographers, land surveyors, GIS analysts, and forest and conservation workers. With a bachelor`s degree, students can pursue a number of careers, including geographers, hydrologists, GIS technicians and technologists, and forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students can pursue careers as atmospheric and space scientists, environmental scientists, geoscientists, climate change analysts, urban planners, and geography professors.

Details

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Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Geography (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Evaluate spatial patterns and relationships within the framework of the scientific method. (GCU102, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, (COM))
  • Examine the interdependent relationships between the physical and human/cultural environment (such as landforms, climate, resources, political and economic systems, sociology, sustainability). (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, MAT206, (COM), [FYC], [L])
  • Critically assess and analyze real-world issues through application of geographic concepts, systems, principles, and theories. (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, [FYC], [L], [MA])
  • Communicate geographic analyses through verbal, written, and/or geospatial techniques. (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, ARB+++, ASL+++, CHI+++, FRE+++, GER+++, ITA+++, JPN+++, SPA+++, (COM), [FYC], [L], [MA])
  • Recognize ethical considerations encompassing the professional activities of geographers. (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, (COM), [FYC], [L])
  • Collaborate with diverse individuals, groups, and institutions to achieve common goals in the field of geography. (GCU102, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, (COM), [FYC])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:20
GCU102Introduction to Human Geography3
GCU121World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere3
GCU122World Geography II: Western Hemisphere3
GIS205Geographic Information Technology3
GPH111Introduction to Physical Geography (3) AND
GPH112Introduction to Physical Geography Lab (1) OR
GPH113Introduction to Physical Geography (4)4
GPH211Landform Processes (4) OR
GPH212Introduction to Meteorology I (3) AND
GPH214Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory I (1) OR
GPH213Climate and Weather (3) AND
GPH215Climate and Weather Laboratory (1)4
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-20
Complete requirements in the transfer plan that best aligns with academic and professional goals. If academic and professional goals do not align with any of the transfer plans below, select elective courses in consultation with an academic, faculty, or program advisor.
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Geography (no emphasis)
Select 0-6 credits of courses that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: ASM, GCU, GIS, GPH, POS, PUP, SGS, SOC, SOS.
Transfer Plan 2: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Arts, Geography
Credit0-20
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 3: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science, Geographic Science and Community Planning
GIS211Geographic Information Science I4
MAT206Elements of Statistics3
Transfer Plan 4: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science, Geography (all emphases) and Bachelor of Science, Urban and Regional Development
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language II with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
HBR+++ Any HBR Hebrew course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Transfer Plan 5: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, Geography
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ Any ARB Arabic course(s)
ASL+++ Any ASL American Sign Language course(s)
CHI+++ Any CHI Chinese course(s)
FRE+++ Any FRE French course(s)
GER+++ Any GER German course(s)
ITA+++ Any ITA Italian course(s)
JPN+++ Any JPN Japanese course(s)
RUS+++ Any RUS Russian course(s)
SPA+++ Any SPA Spanish course(s)
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 18-30
A single course with an [L], [HU], [SB], [SG], or [SQ] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, and/or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s). See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by GIS205 in the Required Courses area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0
Met by GCU121 and GCU122 in the Required Courses area.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0
Met by [GPH113 or (GPH111 and GPH112)] AND [GPH211 or (GPH212 and GPH214) or (GPH213 and GPH215)] in the Required Courses area.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with other AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by GCU121 and GCU122 in the Required Courses area.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Some courses in this area have [SB] and [L] designations and may also be applied to the corresponding AGEC requirements. See the AGEC matrix on aztransfer.com for course designations.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication(3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
Course Area Key
General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select additional courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with a faculty advisor, program director, and/or academic advisor to identify coursework that best aligns with academic and professional goals.

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