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Degree and Courses in Geography

AA-T Degree in Geography

Geography Program

Counseling and Advising: (530) 895-2378

Transfer Counseling Center: (530) 895-2264

Transfer Information: www.assist.org

Department Office: LRC 304, (530) 895-2471

Christine Trolinger, Chair (530) 895-2301

About the Program

The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree (AA-T Geography) creates a transfer pathway for students who plan to complete a four-year degree at a California State University. Upon completion of the AA-T degree in Geography students will possess the requisite foundational knowledge as well as the practical skills necessary for subsequent completion of the baccalaureate degree.

The associate transfer degrees (AA-T or AS-T) require completion and certification of the California State University General Education (CSU GE) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) as well as the specific AA-T or AS-T major degree requirements. Students earning either an AAT or an AS-T will not be held to additional Butte College graduation requirements (including Physical Education and the multicultural competency). Students should work with a counselor to identify major coursework that can be used to fulfill CSU GE or IGETC categories.

To obtain an Associate's degree, students must complete both the major requirements and the graduation requirements listed in the Butte College catalog.  Note that some courses have a prerequisite (P), corequisite (C), or both (P/C). 

Transfer majors designated as AA-T or AS-T are designed for transfer to a similar major at an unspecified CSU. Transfer majors designated as AA or AS are designed for transfer to the corresponding major at a specific CSU and are based on articulation. See a counselor for more information. Read about the difference between these types of degrees at the beginning of the Transfer section of the Butte College catalog.

AA-T Degree in Geography 60 Units Minimum

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

• Identify fundamental concepts specific to physical and cultural Geography.

• Identify conceptual and theoretical models pertaining to world, regional, and local Geography.

• Apply applications associated with various thematic maps as well as use of geographical computer modeling.

Required courses for the major: 19 Units

Required Core:

GEOG 2 Physical Geography 3

GEOG 3 Physical Geography Lab (P) 1

GEOG 4 Cultural Geography 3

List A: Select two

GEOG 8 World Regional Geography 3

GEOG 10 Geography of California 3

List B: Select two

GEOG 5 Economic Geography 3

ANTH 4 Cultural Anthropology 3

GEOL 10 Physical Geology 3

 

Courses

GEOG 2 - Physical Geography 3 Unit(s)

Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV; English Level III

Transfer Status: CSU/UC 51 hours Lecture

This course is a spatial study of the Earth's dynamic physical systems and processes. Topics include: Earth-sun geometry, weather, climate, water, landforms, soil, and the biosphere. Emphasis is on the interrelationships among environmental and human systems and processes and their resulting patterns and distributions. Tools of geographic inquiry are also briefly covered; they may include: maps, remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). (C-ID GEOG 110).

 

GEOG 3 - Physical Geography Lab 1 Unit(s)

Prerequisite(s): GEOG 2, or concurrent enrollment in GEOG 2

Recommended Prep: Reading Level V; English Level IV; Math Level III

Transfer Status: CSU/UC 51 hours Lab

This course is design to provide supplemental exercises in topics covered in Physical Geography
lecture. Lab experience will include map analysis and interpretation, weather prognostication, landform processes and evolution, tectonics, biogeography, and habitat analysis. (C-ID GEOG 111).

 

GEOG 4 - Cultural Geography 3 Unit(s)

Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV; English Level IV

Transfer Status: CSU/UC 51 hours Lecture

This course is a study of diverse human populations, their cultural origins, diffusion and contemporary spatial expressions. Topics include: demography, languages and religions, urbanization and landscape modification, political units and nationalism, and economic systems and development.

 

GEOG 5 - Economic Geography 3 Unit(s)

Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV; English Level IV

Transfer Status: CSU/UC 51 hours Lecture

Examines the world-wide patterns and locational tendencies of economic activity, including mining and agriculture, manufacturing and the service industries. Emphasizes the relationships among physical landscape, human landscape and the economic activity.

 

GEOG 8 - World Regional Geography 3 Unit(s)

Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV; English Level IV

Transfer Status: CSU/UC 51 hours Lecture

Survey of the world's culture regions and nations as interpreted by geographers, including physical, cultural, and economic features. Emphasis on spatial and historical influences on population growth, transportation networks, and natural environments. Identification and importance of the significant features of regions. (C-ID GEOG 125).

 

GEOG 10 - Geography of California 3 Unit(s)

Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV; English Level IV

Transfer Status: CSU/UC 51 hours Lecture

A thematic approach to the state's issues, processes and topics relevant to geography including climate, landforms, natural vegetation, water resources, cultural landscape, ethnic diversity, urban and agricultural regions, and the economy. This course explores the physical, and human landscapes that have evolved as a result of the human-environment interface.

 

GEOG 12 - The American West 3 Unit(s)

Recommended Prep: Reading Level IV; English Level IV

Transfer Status: CSU/UC 51 hours Lecture

A topical survey of the American West from the Great Plains to the Pacific, emphasizing both historical and contemporary interpretations of settlement, resource management, economic development, and urbanization. Particular emphasis is placed on how various cultural groups with differing social, political, and religious values have each made a unique impact upon the western landscape.

 

GEOG 95 - Special Studies 1 - 3 Unit(s)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor

Transfer Status: CSU

Supervised study in researching an area in the student's academic major.

Any student interested in registering for a Special Studies course should contact a full-time instructor or chair/coordinator in the appropriate area no later than the last day of the tenth week of instruction. 51–153 hours Independent Study. Students may enroll in this course up to 3 units to complete the entire curriculum of the course.

 

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