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This is an archived pathway map for a previous catalog year, 2018-2019 (5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019). If you wish to see the current version that is meant for current and future students, a link is available below:

Geography Emphasis to BA

Geographers ask the questions of Where, Why, and How. We find patterns and connections that help answer these questions. Geographers use tools (like maps, radar, satellites) and techniques (like GIS) that help explain the complex relationship between people and the environment.

Physical geographers study the natural world, focusing on issues like extreme weather, wildfires, and floods.

Human geographers study people, focusing on issues like resources, urban systems, and sustainability.

"Geography is the only subject that asks you to look at the world and try to make sense of it. The field never stops being exciting because that's what geography is all about - trying to make sense of the world." Pierce F. Lewis, Professor Emeritus of Geography 

Details

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts, Emphasis in Geography (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8113
Total Credits Required
60-64
Catalog Year
2018-2019
Effective Dates
5/29/2018 – 5/27/2019

Transfer Options

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer options.

A list of available transfer options for the Geography Emphasis to BA program
Transfer Partner Degree Type Transfer Program
Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts Geography
University of Arizona Bachelor of Arts Geography

What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Evaluate spatial patterns and relationships within the framework of the scientific method.
  2. Examine the relationships between the natural and human environment.
  3. Critically assess and analyze real-world issues through application of geographic concepts, systems, principles, and theories.
  4. Communicate geographic analyses through verbal, written, and/or geospatial techniques.
  5. Recognize ethical considerations encompassing the professional activities of geographers.
  6. Collaborate with diverse individuals, groups, and institutions to achieve common goals in the field of geography.

Career Opportunities

People who major in geography are often driven to try to make a difference in the world. By studying geography, you will better understand the Earth and the diverse people who live in it. You’ll also build strong research and analytical skills. With a major in geography you can build a career in myriad areas, from environmental science to landscape architecture to cartography.

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics

$36,780

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

$40,270

Forest Fire Inspectors and Prevention Specialists

$40,967

Geographic Information Systems Technicians

$80,763

Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists

$80,763

Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists

$58,129

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include CPD150, CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GCU102 Introduction to Human Geography Critical course Gateway course Fall Only G, SB 3
GPH113 or
(GPH111 and
GPH112)
Introduction to Physical Geography or (Introduction to Physical Geography) Critical course Gateway course SQ 3–4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
Language Any 101 Level Language Course 4–5
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GCU121 or
GCU122
World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere or World Geography II: Western Hemisphere G, SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
Language Any 102 Level Language Course 4
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA 3–5

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GCU121 or
GCU122
World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere or World Geography II: Western Hemisphere G, SB 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110 or COM230 carry SB Value.
COM225 carries L Value
SB or L or SB 3
Related area or Elective or
Elective
Related area or Elective or Elective Related Area: Any 3 credit GCU, GIS, GPH, ASB, POS, SOC, or SUS course that transfers to ASU as an ASB, GCU, GIS, GPH, POS, PUP, SGS, SOC, or SOS.
HU Any Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) Course 3
Language Any 201 Level Language Course 4
Meet with transfer specialist. Participate in one or more of the following co-curricular activities: AGIC Education and Training Symposium, Geography Study Abroad Experience, Geography Service Learning Experience, Undergraduate Research Experience in Geography, Geography Field Trip

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU Any Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) Course 3
Related Area or
Elective
Complete a Related Area course if transferring to ASU or Complete an elective Course if transferring to U of A Related Area: Any 3 credit GCU, GIS, GPH, ASB, POS, SOC, or SUS course that transfers to ASU as an ASB, GCU, GIS, GPH, POS, PUP, SGS, SOC, or SOS. 3
(GPH212 and
GPH214)
or
(GPH213 and
GPH215)
or
GPH211
(Introduction to Meteorology I and Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory I) or (Climate and Weather and Climate and Weather Laboratory) or Landform Processes Meets the SQ or SG Value SQ or SG or SQ 4
Language Any 202 Level Language Course 4
GIS205 Geographic Information Technologies CS 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

A list of additional requirements for this pathway map
Awareness Areas
  • In addition to the requirements identified in the sequence below, students must complete the following awareness areas if not otherwise met by other program requirements:
    • Cultural [C] and
    • Global [G] or Historical [H]
  • Students are strongly encouraged to visit with an academic advisor to ensure completion of all graduation requirements.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GPH113 or
(GPH111 and
GPH112)
Introduction to Physical Geography or (Introduction to Physical Geography and Introduction to Physical Geography lab) Critical course Gateway course SQ 3–4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GCU102 Introduction to Human Geography Critical course Gateway course G, SB 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics MA or SQ or MA 3–5
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM100, COM110 or COM230 carry SB Value.
COM225 carries L Value
SB or L or SB 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
GCU121 or
GCU122
World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere or World Geography II: Western Hemisphere G, SB 3
HU Any Humanities, Arts, and Design (HU) Course 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Language Any 101 Level Language Course FYC 4–5
GCU121 or
GCU122
World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere or World Geography II: Western Hemisphere G, SB 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Language Any 102 Level Language Course SQ 4–5
HU

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Language Any 201 Level Language Course MA 4
(GPH212 and
GPH214)
or
(GPH213 and
GPH215)
or
GPH211
(Introduction to Meteorology I and Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory I) or (Climate and Weather and Climate and Weather Laboratory) or Landform Processes Meets the SQ or SG Value SQ or SG or SQ 4

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Language Any 202 Level Language Course 4–5
GIS205 Geographic Information Technologies CS 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Related Area or
Elective
Complete a Related Area course if transferring to ASU or Complete an elective Course if transferring to U of A Related Area: Any 3 credit GCU, GIS, GPH, ASB, POS, SOC, or SUS course that transfers to ASU as an ASB, GCU, GIS, GPH, POS, PUP, SGS, SOC, or SOS. 3
Related Area or
Elective
Related Area or Elective

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Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

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