Associate in Arts, Geography

Geography - AA

The Associate in Arts (AA), Geography provides the first two years of a four-year curriculum for students who wish to specialize in human and/or physical geography. Graduates of this Associate degree program can work as cartographers, land surveyors, GIS analysts, and forest and conservation workers. With a bachelor`s degree, students can pursue a number of careers, including geographers, hydrologists, GIS technicians and technologists, and forest fire inspectors and prevention specialists. Upon completion of a graduate degree, students can pursue careers as atmospheric and space scientists, environmental scientists, geoscientists, climate change analysts, urban planners, and geography professors.

Details

Major Code: 
8113
Award: 
Associate in Arts, Geography
Total credits required: 
60-64
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the program.

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Program Length

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit

Program Curriculum
  • Mapping scheduled for 2018-19 academic year
Program Contacts

Dr. Paul Weser, Geography Lead
Office: SBE-122
(480) 423-6210
paul.weser@scottsdalecc.edu

Dr. John Shaffer, Geography Lead
Office: SBE-119
(480) 423-6032
john.shaffer@scottsdalecc.edu

Department Office
Office SBE-133
Phone: (480) 423-6206
Fax(480) 423-6298
stefani.parks@scottsdalecc.edu

General Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with an Academic Advisor.
Program Learning Outcomes
  • Evaluate spatial patterns and relationships within the framework of the scientific method. (GCU102, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, (COM))
  • Examine the interdependent relationships between the physical and human/cultural environment (such as landforms, climate, resources, political and economic systems, sociology, sustainability). (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, MAT206, [FYC], [L], (COM))
  • Critically assess and analyze real-world issues through application of geographic concepts, systems, principles, and theories. (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, [FYC], [L], [MA])
  • Communicate geographic analyses through verbal, written, and/or geospatial techniques. (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, LANG, [FYC], [L], [MA], (COM))
  • Recognize ethical considerations encompassing the professional activities of geographers. (GCU102, GCU121, GCU122, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, [FYC], [L], (COM))
  • Collaborate with diverse individuals, groups, and institutions to achieve common goals in the field of geography. (GCU102, GIS205, GIS211, GPH111, GPH112, GPH113, GPH210, GPH211, GPH212, GPH213, GPH214, GPH215, [FYC], (COM))
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:20
GPH113Introduction to Physical Geography (4) OR
GPH111Introduction to Physical Geography (3) AND
GPH112Introduction to Physical Geography Lab (1)4
GCU102Introduction to Human Geography3
GCU121World Geography I: Eastern Hemisphere3
GCU122World Geography II: Western Hemisphere3
GPH211Landform Processes (4) OR
GPH212Introduction to Meteorology I (3) AND
GPH214Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory I (1) OR
GPH213Climate and Weather (3) AND
GPH215Climate and Weather Laboratory (1)4
GIS205Geographic Information Technology3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-20
Complete all courses in the subplan that best aligns with academic and professional goals. If academic and professional goals do not align with any of the subplans below, select elective courses in consultation with an academic, faculty, or program advisor.
Subplan 1: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science, Geography (no emphasis)
Select 0-6 credits of courses that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: GCU, GIS, GPH, or PUP.
Subplan 2: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science, Geography (Urban Studies emphasis)
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3)3
GIS211Geographic Information Science I4
Select 0-6 credits of courses that transfer to ASU as direct equivalencies or departmental electives in the following ASU course prefixes: GCU, GIS, GPH, or PUP.
Subplan 3: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts, Geography
Credit0-20
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ any ARB/Arabic course
CHI+++ any CHI/Chinese course
FRE+++ any FRE/French course
GER+++ any GER/German course
ITA+++ any ITA/Italian course
JPN+++ any JPN/Japanese course
SPA+++ any SPA/Spanish course
SLG+++ any SLG/Sign Language0-20
Subplan 4: Northern Arizona University, Bachelor of Science, Geographic Science and Community Planning
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
CSC180Computer Literacy (3)3
GIS211Geographic Information Science I4
MAT206Elements of Statistics3
Subplan 5: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Science, Geography and Bachelor of Science, Urban and Regional Development
Foreign Language Credits:0-10
Complete a language course at the elementary level (102 or equivalent), including American Sign Language II with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ any ARB/Arabic course
CHI+++ any CHI/Chinese course
FRE+++ any FRE/French course
GER+++ any GER/German course
ITA+++ any ITA/Italian course
JPN+++ any JPN/Japanese course
SPA+++ any SPA/Spanish course
SLG+++ any SLG/Sign Language0-10
Subplan 6: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, Geography
Foreign Language Credits:0-20
Complete a language course at the intermediate level (202 or equivalent), including American Sign Language IV with a C or better OR demonstrate proficiency through this level as indicated by assessment.
ARB+++ any ARB/Arabic course
CHI+++ any CHI/Chinese course
FRE+++ any FRE/French course
GER+++ any GER/German course
ITA+++ any ITA/Italian course
JPN+++ any JPN/Japanese course
SPA+++ any SPA/Spanish course
SLG+++ any SLG/Sign Language0-20
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)
AGEC-ACredits: 18-29
A single course with an [HU], [SB], or [L] designation(s) may also be used to satisfy the Oral Communication, Critical Reading, or Awareness Area ([C], [G] and/or [H]) requirement(s).
 
First-Year Composition [FYC]Credits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L]Credits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Literacy and Critical Inquiry [L] area.
 
Mathematics [MA]Credits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3)3-5
 
Computer/Statistics/Quantitative Applications [CS]Credits: 0
Met by GIS205 in the Required Courses Area.
 
Humanities, Arts and Design [HU]Credits: 6
Any approved general education courses in Humanities, Arts and Design [HU] area.
 
Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB]Credits: 0
Met by GCU121 and GCU122 in the Required Courses Area.
 
Natural Sciences [SG]/[SQ]Credits: 0
Met by (GPH212 and GPH214 or GPH213 and GPH215 or GPH211) AND
(GPH113or GPH11 and GPH112) in the Required Courses Area.
 
Awareness AreasCredits: 0-3
These requirements may be shared with Core Requirements.
 
Cultural Diversity in the US [C]Credits: 0-3
0-3
 
Historical/Global Awareness [H]/[G]Credits: 0
Met by GCU121 and GCU122 in the Required Courses Area.
 
MCCCD Additional Requirements
MCCCD Additional RequirementsCredits: 0-6
Courses in this area may also be applied to the AGEC Core Requirements. To minimize total credits required for degree and maximize transferable credits, it is recommended that courses be selected that meet more than one requirement wherever possible.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 0-3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication(3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)0-3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list 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.