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Geography (GEOG) Degree and GIS Certificate

Degree & Certificate

The following degree & certificate are offered:

AA-T — Geography

Required Program (units)
GEOG 300    Physical Geography:
Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems (3)
GEOG 301    Physical Geography Laboratory (1)
GEOG 310    Human Geography: Exploring Earth's Cultural Landscapes (3)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: (6)
    GEOG 306    Weather and Climate (3)
    GEOG 322    Geography of California (3)
    GEOG 330    Intro to Geographic Information Systems (3)
    GEOG 331    Exploring Maps & Geographic Technologies (3)
    GEOG 390    Field Studies in Geography (1-4)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: (6)
    ANTH 310    Cultural Anthropology (3)
    GEOL 300    Physical Geology (3)


The AA transfer degree in geography provides students with a solid foundation in geography as well as the standard prerequisites for upper division coursework leading to the baccalaureate degree. The required and elective coursework surveys a broad spectrum of physical geography, human geography, GIS, and related disciplines.

For students planning to transfer to a four-year school with a major in geography, it is critical that you meet with an FLC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools can vary widely in terms of the required lower division preparation.

The Associate of Arts in Geography for Transfer Degree program provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements for transfer to the California State University. Students with this degree will receive priority admission with junior status to the California State University system. Students should work closely with their Folsom Lake College counselor to ensure that they are taking the appropriate coursework to prepare for majoring in Geography at the institution they wish to transfer to because major and general education requirements may vary for each CSU and the degree
may only transfer to specific institutions.

This program has the following completion requirements:
1. Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    A. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education - Breadth Requirements.
    B. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the complexity of relationships between humans and their environment.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the physical processes that shape the Earth.
  • Compare and contrast the general biophysical and sociocultural differences and similarities among world regions.
  • Recognize the utility of and demonstrate a proficiency with geospatial analysis techniques (GIS, cartography, spatial data collection and analysis, etc.) in solving contemporary geography problems.
  • Evaluate the role that collegiate geographic studies can play in preparing a student for contemporary career in the geosciences.


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Geographic Information Systems

Required Program (units)
GEOG 330    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
    or GEOG 331    Exploring Maps and Geographic Technologies (3) (3)
GEOG 334    Introduction GIS Software Applications (3)
GEOG 344    Spatial Analysis & Modeling in GIS (3)
GEOG 350    Data Acquisition in GIS (3)
A minimum of 4 units from the following: (41)
CISA 320    Introduction to Database Management (1)
CISA 321    Intermediate Database Management (1)
CISC 310    Intro to Computer Information Science (3)
CISC 498    Work Experience in Computer Information Science - Core (1-4)
CISP 300    Algorithm Design/Problem Solving (3)
CISP 351    Introduction to Relational Database Design and SQL (3)
CISP 360    Introduction to Structured Programming (4)
CISP 370    Beginning Visual Basic (4)
GEOG 300    Physical Geography: Exploring Earth's Environmental Systems (3)
GEOG 330    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
GEOG 331    Exploring Maps and Geographic Technologies (3)
GEOG 390    Field Studies in Geography (1-4)

1Either GEOG 330 or 331 may be taken as an elective only if it has not already been taken as part of the core requirement.

A Geographic Information System (GIS) is an assemblage of computers, software, and workforce personnel collecting, managing, analyzing and displaying spatial data. GIS is used to make informed decisions regarding an array of disciplines including Real Estate, Landuse Planning, Business and Marketing, and Natural Resource Management. This interdisciplinary certificate provides the theoretical and technical skills necessary to begin using GIS in a wide variety of applications. Skills obtained include GIS software application, GPS use, spatial data analysis, data management, programming and cartography.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the application of GIS software and related technologies.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the collection, management, organization and manipulation of spatial data.
  • Adeptly employ the principles of cartography in a GIS environment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the application of spatial analysis skills.
  • Describe and assess the role and appropriate application of GIS and related technologies in interdisciplinary applications.
  • Apply the principles and applications of GIS software.

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