Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer Degree (AA-T)

PROGRAM CODE: 1A32028

This curriculum is designed to provide an opportunity for the Geography major to achieve an Associate in Arts Degree in Geography for Transfer (AA-T in Geography) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. This program is designed to prepare the student with a fundamental understanding and acquisition of knowledge in the Geography discipline. The curriculum includes courses in Human Geography, Physical Geography/Earth Science, and Earth Technologies, such as Geographic Information Systems, and Global Positioning Systems. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in Geography or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus. Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university's requirements. Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. The completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the Geography field and provide comprehensive preparation for upper-division work.

To earn an AA-T in Geography students must meet the following requirements:

  1. a minimum of 19-20 semester units or 28.5-30 quarter units in the Geography major with a grade of C or better;
  2. California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC);
  3. completion of 60 semester or 90 quarter units of CSU transferable coursework; and,
  4. have an overall GPA of 2.0.
Required Core Courses (7 units):
GEOG 102 CPhysical Geography3
GEOG 102LCPhysical Geography - Lab1
GEOG 160 CCultural Geography3
List A - Select 6-7 units from the following; GEOG 202 C is optional if offered):6-7
World Geography
Honors World Geography
California Geography
Introduction to GIS
Weather and Climate
Field Geography - Physical 11
List B - Select 6 units from the following of any courses not selected from List A):6
Cultural Anthropology3
Honors Cultural Anthropology
International Relations3
Total Units19-20