Sep 18, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geography, AA with Designation


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Additional information available on the Geography Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

Geography means, from its Greek origin, “to describe the earth.” It is the scientific description, analysis, and explanation of spatial variations of the earth, answering questions of location and place. Geography is divided into two major fields: physical and cultural. Physical geography describes all phenomena of land, sea, and air at the surface of the earth. It focuses on processes that influence surface events, involving energy systems and environmental subsystems and materials. Cultural geography is the scientific study of the human-land relationship. It explores how humans impact the land, sea, and air and how they are influenced by the same. A background in geography lends itself to many professional fields including cartography, natural resource conservation, remote sensing and satellite imagery, geology, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), economics, community planning, historic preservation and resource analysis, and meteorology.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Geography program, students should be able to:

  • Use information to describe a problem or issue and/or articulate a question related to the topic
  • Evaluate the relevance of context when presenting a position and identify assumptions
  • Establish a conclusion that is tied to the range of information presented
  • Reflect on implications and consequences of stated conclusion
  • Demonstrate how their own attitudes, behaviors, or beliefs compare or relate to those of other individuals, groups, communities, or cultures
  • Examine diverse perspectives when investigating social and behavioral topics within natural or human systems
  • Make connections between the world-views, power structures, and experiences of individuals, groups, communities, or cultures, in historical or contemporary contexts

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication


Six (6) credit hours

Mathematics


Three or four (3-4) credit hours

History


Three (3) credit hours.

Social and Behavioral Sciences


Six (6) credit hours.

Natural and Physical Sciences


Eight (8) credit hours.

Additional Required Courses


Fourteen (14) credit hours

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Electives


Thirteen-fourteen (13-14) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list can be found at Approved Electives Course List of AA Degrees and Course of Study . Maximum of six (6) credit hours may be in GEO prefix. Number of elective credits may vary according to receiving institution. You are advised to contact an advisor at the receiving institution.

Total Credit Hours: 60


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