Program Overview

Geography provides insights about the earth as the human habitat. It is a way of looking at the earth, not an inventory of its contents. This viewpoint rests on fundamental interlocking concepts. The cultural appraisal of the earth, the regional concept, areal coherence, human ecology, spatial interaction, study of landscape, and the concept of change are all ways the geographer tries to better understand the environment.

Geographers are curious about what they see around them. They study the processes that shape the landscape, including those that build up the Earth's surface (earthquakes and volcanoes) and those that wear it down (weather, water, ice, wind, and waves). In addition to the physical landscape, geographers study the cultural landscape. They study populations, their cultural origins, and the spread of cultural features (language, religion, technology, etc). Interestingly, geographers are also interested in how the physical and cultural landscapes interact, how humans alter the environment and how the physical environment affects populations and cultures.


AA-T Degree Requirements Major: Core and Selective Requirements
Required Core Courses (6 units) Units
GEOG 100 Physical Geography 3 units
GEOG 110 Cultural Geography 3 units
Selective Courses, choose a minimum of 12 units from the following:
List A: (6 units) Units
GEOG 150 World Regional Geography 3 units
METE 100 Meteorology - Weather and Climate 3 units
List B: (6 units) Units
ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology 3 units
GEOL 100 Introduction to Geology 3 units
Total Required Major Units: 18
General Education - certified completion of one of the following:
  • California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth),
  • OR
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC/CSU) pattern
Elective courses: If applicable, additional courses to meet the minimum 60 CSU transferable units requirement.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Requirements for more information.