The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree (Geography AA-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Geography or a similar major at a CSU campus. For a current list of what majors (and what options or areas of emphasis within that major) have been designated as “similar” to this degree at each CSU campus, please refer to https://icangotocollege.com/associate-degree-for-transfer and seek guidance from a Ventura College counselor. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, although not necessarily to a particular CSU campus or major.
Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the Geography AA-T 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 when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
To earn an Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree, students must meet the following requirements:
- Complete 60 semester units 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 for CSU) or the California State& University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. While a minimum GPA 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 or area of emphasis. Even though a “P” grade is allowed (Title 5 section 55063), it is recommended that students complete their major courses with a letter grade (“A,” “B,” or “C”) due to unit limitations on “P/NP” courses.
- Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at Ventura College.
|Required Core (7 units)|
|GEOG V01||Elements of Physical Geography||3|
|GEOG V01L||Elements of Physical Geography Laboratory||1|
|GEOG V02||Introduction to Human Geography||3|
|or GEOG V08||World Regional Geography|
|List A: Select two (2) or three (3) of the following courses (6–8 units):|
|GEOG V05||Introduction to Weather and Climate||3|
|GEOG V06||Geography of California||3|
|GEOG V16||Regional Field Studies||1|
|GEOG/GIS V22||Fundamentals of Mapping and Geographic Information Systems||3|
|GEOG/GIS V26||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Software||2|
|List B: Select a minimum of six (6) units from the following courses:|
|Any course from List A not already used (GEOG V05, GEOG V06, GEOG V16, GEOG V22, GEOG V26, GIS V22, GIS V26)|
|AG V04||Introduction to Soil Science||3|
|ANTH V02||Cultural Anthropology||3|
|ESRM V01/BIOL V10||Introduction to Environmental Issues||3|
|ESRM V02||Introduction to Environmental Science||3|
|ESRM V03/POLS V12||Introduction to Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management||3|
|ESRM V14||Conservation of Natural Resources||3|
|GEOL V02||Physical Geology||3|
|GEOL V11||Introduction to Oceanography||3|
|GEOL V21||Natural Disasters||3|
|Total Required Major Units||19–21|
|CSU General Education or IGETC-CSU Pattern||37–39|
|Electives (CSU transferrable units to reach 60)||7–18|
See a counselor or consult assist.org, especially if you plan to transfer to a UC campus or a college or university other than CSU.
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Use measurements, maps, and other geospatial tools to explore the distinctive physical and human characteristics of places and region.
- Describe, explain, and analyze the spatial distribution of physical processes, such as those relating to landforms, climates, and biological species at various spatial scales.
- Describe, explain, and analyze the interconnections between human activities and the environment at the local, regional, and global scales.