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Associate in Science, Emphasis in Geography - Meteorology

 

The Associate in Science (AS), Emphasis in Geography - Meteorology provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution to study meteorology and/or climatology. This associate degree will prepare students for employment opportunities in a number of careers including forest and conservation workers and air traffic controllers. Upon completion of a bachelor`s degree, students may pursue a career in several areas including broadcast meteorology, geography, hydrology, environmental science, and forest fire inspection and prevention. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students may pursue a number of careers including atmospheric and space scientist, geoscientist, climate change analyst, and geography professor.

Details

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Field of Interest
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Type
Associate Degree
Associate in Science, Emphasis in Geography - Meteorology (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 all courses in the program.

What You'll Learn
  • Recognize and explain the atmospheric processes that drive weather and climate patterns. (GIS205, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131)
  • Evaluate spatial patterns and relationships within the framework of the scientific method. (GCU102, GIS205, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, (COM))
  • Examine the interdependent relationships between the physical and human/cultural environment (such as landforms, climate, resources, political and economic systems, sociology, sustainability). (GCU102, GIS205, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, MAT220, MAT221, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, [FYC], [L], (COM))
  • Critically assess and analyze real-world issues through application of geographic concepts, systems, principles, and theories. (GCU102, GIS205, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, MAT220, MAT221, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, PHY115, PHY116, PHY121, PHY131, [FYC], [L], (COM))
  • Communicate geographic analyses through verbal, written, and/or geospatial techniques. (GCU102, GIS205, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, MAT220, MAT221, MAT230, MAT231, MAT240, MAT241, [FYC], [L], (COM))
  • Recognize ethical considerations encompassing the professional activities of geographers. (GCU102, GIS205, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, [FYC], (COM))
  • Collaborate with diverse individuals, groups, and institutions to achieve common goals in the field of geography. (GCU102, GIS205, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, (COM))
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:34-38
GCU102Introduction to Human Geography3
GIS205Geographic Information Technology3
GPH111Introduction to Physical Geography (3) AND
GPH112Introduction to Physical Geography Lab (1)
OR
GPH113Introduction to Physical Geography (4)4
GPH212Introduction to Meteorology I (3) AND
GPH214Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory I (1)4
GPH213Climate and Weather (3) AND
GPH215Climate and Weather Laboratory (1)4
MAT230Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (5) OR
MAT231Calculus with Analytic Geometry II (4)4-5
MAT240Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (5) OR
MAT241Calculus with Analytic Geometry III (4)4-5
PHY115University Physics I (5) OR
PHY121University Physics I: Mechanics (4)4-5
PHY116University Physics II (5) OR
PHY131University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)4-5
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0
The requirements for the transfer plan below are fulfilled upon completion of Required Courses, AGEC Curriculum, and MCCCD Additional Requirements. If this is not your intended transfer institution, please consult with Maricopa and transfer university advisor(s) to identify coursework that is applicable to your intended transfer program.
Transfer Plan 1: Arizona State University (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences), Bachelor of Science, Geography (Meteorology-Climatology)
No additional coursework needed.
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-SCredits: 19-26
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
A single course with both the [HU] and [L] designations may be used to satisfy both of these areas.
A single course with both the [SB] and [L] designations may be used to satisfy both of these areas.

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: 0-3**
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.3
Recommend selecting a course that satisfies ([L] and [SB]) or ([L] and [HU]) or ([L] and COM) or ([L] and CRE101) requirements simultaneously.
**0 credits only if shared with [HU] or [SB]
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 4-5
MAT220Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5) OR
MAT221Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (4) OR
Higher approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area for which MAT22+ is a prerequisite. (4-5)4-5
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in the Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.6
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area3
AND
Met by GCU102 in the Required Courses area
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0
Met by (PHY115 OR PHY121) AND (PHY116 OR PHY131) in the Required Courses area.
 
Subject OptionsCredits: 0
Met by (GPH212 and GPH214) AND (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 GCU102 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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