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Geography, AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the Geography Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

  • College Readiness in English
  • College Readiness for Quantitative Literacy for MAT 1240  or MAT 1260   
  • College Readiness for Algebra for MAT 1340  

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 degree 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 worldviews, power structures, and experiences of individuals, groups, communities, or cultures, in historical or contemporary contexts

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

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Three or four (3-4) credit hours

 ; prefer MAT 1260 , except:

  • Adams State University requires MAT 1340  
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver requires either MAT 1260  or MAT 1340  
  • University of Colorado Denver requires either MAT 1260  or MAT 1340  
  • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs prefers MAT 1240  

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours



Three (3) credit hours


Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours


Natural and Physical Sciences

Eight (8) credit hours


No GEO-prefix science courses; GEY 1111  not recommended.

Adams State, students must take BIO 1111  (GT-SC1) and CHE 1011  (GT-SC1)

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.


Thirteen-fourteen (13-14) credit hours selected from the

 . 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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