Associate in Arts Degree Geography


The Associate in Arts Degree in Geography is designed to provide students with a comprehensive introduction to the three distinct areas of geographic studies (Earth Science/Environmental Studies/Physical; Earth Technologies; and Human Studies) in order to give them the background knowledge needed by undergraduate geography majors for university transfer and course work, while emphasizing the practical applications of geographic skills and knowledge in a diversity of careers and the utility of geographic perspectives as a life-long learning tool for interpreting our world’s complex systems and world events.

To earn an Associate Degree, students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements
  3. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units
  4. complete all graduation requirements, and
  5. have an overall GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. Students pursuing more than one specified departmental major may double count a maximum of 7 units to fulfill major requirements. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Required Courses
GEOG 100 CWorld Geography3
or GEOG 100HC Honors World Geography
GEOG 102 CPhysical Geography3
GEOG 102LCPhysical Geography - Lab1
GEOG 160 CCultural Geography 13
GEOG 130 CCalifornia Geography3
Elective Courses
Select six units of the following: 26
Weather and Climate3
Economic Geography (same as ECON 260 C)3
Field Geography - Physical 21
Comparative Cultures3
International Relations3
World Civilizations I3
Total Units19