Students who complete Geography courses will examine the spatial organization of physical features and human activities at a variety of spatial scales from local to global. Students will be able to locate features on the surface of the earth, explain why they are located where they are, and describe how places are similar and/or different. Students will also examine human interactions with the environment and describe how physical and cultural landscapes change through time. Students completing physical geography courses will be able to describe the processes that drive earth’s climate, create landforms, and govern the distribution of plants and animals. Students completing human geography will analyze and describe cultural phenomenon such as population, development, agriculture, language, and religion.
Geography is a dynamic discipline that is concerned with where things are located on the surface of the earth, why they are located where they are, and how places are similar and/or different. Geographers further examine our interaction with the environment and how physical and cultural landscapes change through time. There are two main branches of geography: physical geography, which focuses on the processes that drive the earth's climate, create landforms, and govern the distribution of plants and animals; and human geography, which focuses on cultural phenomenon such as, population, development, agriculture, language, and religion. Geography students are trained to examine the spatial organization of physical features and human activities at a variety of spatial scales from local to global. A background in geography is a necessity for careers involving business, economics, planning, education, history, international relations, cartography, conservation, GIS, demography, transportation, tourism, and others.
The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer (AA-T in Geography) is intended for students who plan to transfer and complete a bachelor's degree in Geography), or a "similar" major at a CSU campus. Students completing this AA-T degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not necessarily to a particular CSU campus or major of their choice. For a current list of what majors (and what options or areas of emphasis within that major) have been designed as “similar” to this degree at each CSU campus, please refer to adegreewithaguarantee.com or icangotocollege.com and seek guidance from a Moorpark College counselor.
To earn an AA-T in Geography, students must:
- Complete of 60 semester or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements
- A minimum of 19-23 semester units in Geography major as listed in the Moorpark College catalog.
- Obtain a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some transfer institutions and majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
- Obtain a grade of “C” or better or “P” in all courses required in the major. Even though a “pass-no-pass” is allowed (Title 5 §55063), it is highly recommended that students complete their major courses with a letter grade (A, B, or C).
- Complete requirements in residency. For students in the Ventura County Community College District, a minimum of 12 units must be completed in residency at the college granting the degree.
Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T in Geography will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major at a particular campus). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor to obtain more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
|REQUIRED CORE: Complete three courses (7 units)|
|GEOG M01||Physical Geography||3|
|GEOG M01L||Physical Geography Lab||1|
|GEOG M02||Cultural Geography||3|
|or GEOG M03/M03H||World Regional Geography|
|LIST A: Select and complete two courses (6 units)|
|GEOG M05||Introduction to Weather and Climate||3|
|GIS M01||Introduction to Mapping and GIS||3|
|GIS M02||GPS and Map Analysis||3|
|LIST B: Select and complete a minimum of two courses (6-10 units)|
|Any LIST A course not already used.|
|Any CSU transferable Geography course|
|Any course (in or outside of the Geography discipline) articulated as lower division preparation in the Geography major at a CSU.|
|ANTH M02||Cultural Anthropology||3|
|ANTH M07||Peoples and Cultures of the World||3|
|BIOL M01||Introduction to Biology||4|
|BIOL M02A||General Biology I||5|
|or BIOL M02AH||Honors: General Biology I|
|CHEM M01A||General Chemistry I||5|
|or CHEM M01AH||Honors: General Chemistry I|
|CS M10J||Introduction to Computer Programming Using Java||4|
|GEOL M02||Physical Geology||3|
|or GEOL M02H||Honors: Physical Geology|
|GEOL M03||Earth History||3|
|GEOL M61||Natural Disasters||3|
|MATH M15||Introductory Statistics||4|
|or MATH M15H||Honors: Introductory Statistics|
|MATH M16A||Applied Calculus I||3|
|MATH M16B||Applied Calculus II||3|
|MATH M25A||Calculus with Analytic Geometry I||5|
|or MATH M25AH||Honors: Calculus With Analytic Geometry I|
|PHIL M07||Introduction to Logic||3|
|PHYS M10A||General Physics I||4|
|PHYS M10AL||General Physics I Lab||1|
|POLS M03||American Government and Politics||3|
|or POLS M03H||Honors: American Government and Politics|
|Total Required Major Units: 19 -23|
|CSU GE-Breadth Certification: 39|
Double-Counted Units: 7 - 13
Electives to meet 60 associate degree units: 5 - 15
|IGETC Pattern: 37. NOTE: IGETC 1C is required for all CSU applicants. Students applying to a UC or Private school may earn this ADT without IGETC 1C but will be ineligible to apply to a CSU.|
Double-Counted Units: 7 - 13
Electives to meet 60 CSU units: 7 - 17
|Total Units Required for the AA-T Degree: 60|
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- examine the spatial organization of physical features and phenomena and human activity at a variety of spatial scales from local to global.
- locate features of the surface of the earth, explain why they are located where they are, and describe how places are similar and/or different.
- examine human interactions with the environment and describe how physical and cultural landscapes change through time.
- describe the processes that drive the earth’s climate, create landforms, and govern the distribution of plants and animals.