Associate in Arts Geography Emphasis to BS

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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 

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Associate Degree / University Transfer
Academic Plan
Associate in Arts (AA)
Academic Plan Code
8400
Total Credits Required
60-69
Catalog Year
2018-2019

Transfer Pathways

This pathway map can lead to multiple transfer pathway options.

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

What You’ll Learn

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

  • Evaluate spatial patterns and relationships within the framework of the scientific method.
  • Examine the relationships between the natural and human environment.
  • Critically assess and analyze real-world issues through application of geographic concepts, systems, principles, and theories.
  • Communicate geographic analyses through verbal, written, and/or geospatial techniques.
  • Recognize ethical considerations encompassing the professional activities of geographers.
  • 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.

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Atmospheric and Space Scientists $91,730
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists $61,740
Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics $36,780
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health $38,700
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $63,080
Forest and Conservation Workers $28,990
Geographers $65,700
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers $80,540
Hydrologists $67,760
Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $60,740
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other $82,210
Surveyors $57,690
Urban and Regional Planners $73,580
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

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 placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

When to Start Taking Classes

It is suggested that you begin taking the courses found in this course sequence starting in a Fall 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 area 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 Credits
16-21
GPH113 or
(GPH111 and
gph112)
Introduction to Physical Geography or (Introduction to Physical Geography and Introduction to Physical Geography lab) Critical course Gateway course Course carries SQ Value 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
GCU102 Introduction to Human Geography Critical course Gateway course 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value 3–5
AAA115 or
CPD150
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success 0–3
Elective Elective Course 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15
GCU121 or
GCU122
World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere or World Geography II: Western Hemisphere Course carries G, SB Values 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
CRE101 or
Elective
College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking or Elective Course CRE101 carries L Value.
If CRE101 exempt, select any course that meets the L requirement
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
3
HU Any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-18
GCU121 or
GCU122
World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere or World Geography II: Western Hemisphere Course carries G, SB Values 3
CIS105 or
CSC180 or
Elective
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Literacy or Elective Course Complete CIS105 or CSC180 if transferring to ASU Urban Studies emphasis or transferring to NAU.
Complete an elective if transferring to ASU with no emphasis or transferring to U of A.
3
Elective or
L Value
Elective Course or Literacy and Critical Inquiry (L) Value Complete an elective or if the L requirement is not met, complete a course that carries the L requirement 3
Related Coursework # 1 or
Lang 101 or
MAT206
Related Coursework #1 or Any 101 level Language course or Elements of Statistics If transferring to ASU, complete a course from coursework #1.
If transferring to U of A, complete language 101.
If transferring to NAU, complete MAT206
3–5
(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 4

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16-19
HU Any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) Course 3
Related Coursework #2 or
Lang 102 or
Elective
Related Coursework #2 or Any 102 level Language course or Elective Course If transferring to ASU, complete a course from coursework #2.
If transferring to U of A, complete language 102.
If transferring to NAU, complete an elective
3–5
GPH210 or
GPH211 or
GPH213 or
Elective
Society and Environment or Landform Processes or Climate and Weather or Elective Course Complete GPH210 or GPH211 or GPH213 if transferring to ASU.
Complete an elective if transferring to U of A or NAU.
4
GIS211 or
Elective
Geographic Information Science I or Elective Course GIS211 carries CS Value.
Complete GIS211 if transferring to NAU or ASU with Urban Studies emphasis.
Complete an elective if transferring to U of A or ASU with no emphasis.
3–4
GIS205 Geographic Information Technologies Course carries CS Value 3
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 area 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 Credits
7
GPH113 or
(GPH111 and
GPH112)
Introduction to Physical Geography or (Introduction to Physical Geography and Introduction to Physical Geography lab) Critical course Gateway course Course carries SQ Value 4
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-9
GCU102 Introduction to Human Geography Critical course Gateway course Course carries G, SB Values 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 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 Credits
6-8
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value 3–5
GCU121 or
GCU122
World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere or World Geography II: Western Hemisphere Course carries G, SB Values 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-9
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Course carries L Value 3
GCU121 or
GCU122
World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere or World Geography II: Western Hemisphere Course carries G, SB Values 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
(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 Course carries SQ Value or Course carries SG Value or Course carries SQ Value 4
HU Any Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
HU Any Humanities, Arts, and Design Area 3
GPH210 or
GPH211 or
GPH213 or
Elective
Society and Environment or Landform Processes or Climate and Weather or Elective Course Complete GPH210 or GPH211 or GPH213 if transferring to ASU.
Complete an elective if transferring to U of A or NAU.
4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
CIS105 or
CSC180 or
Elective
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Literacy or Elective Course Complete CIS105 or CSC180 if transferring to ASU Urban Studies emphasis or transferring to NAU.
Complete an elective if transferring to ASU with no emphasis or transferring to U of A.
3
Related Coursework #2 Related Coursework #2 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-8
Related Coursework #2 Related Coursework #2 3–5
GIS205 Geographic Information Technologies Course carries CS Value 3

Fall Semester (Term 9)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 9)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
3-7
GIS211 or
Elective
Geographic Information Science I or Elective Course GIS211 carries CS Value.
Complete GIS211 if transferring to NAU or ASU with Urban Studies emphasis.
Complete an elective if transferring to U of A or ASU with no emphasis.
3–4
L Literacy and Critical Inquiry (L) Required if L requirement has not been met 0–3

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

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

This Course Sequence is a “shared” program or a program that is offered at multiple Maricopa colleges. The colleges offering the program collaborate on the sequencing of the courses. However, since each college may differ in course scheduling and faculty availability, Course Sequences may vary by college, but should not impact program applicability or transfer.

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

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Arts in Associate in Arts (https://curriculum.maricopa.edu/sites/default/files/aa1819.pdf).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.