Program Description

The 90 credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for a Bachelor’s degree in Geography. Geography is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Social Sciences, as well as Medicine, Law, and Education.

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Chip Dodd
Room 5377

Geography — What is it?

Geography is an interdisciplinary study of the earth and its inhabitants. Divided into two main branches—human and physical geography—geographers explore natural landscapes, natural disasters, the atmosphere, climate changes, as well as urban development, cultural origins, human settlements, human migration, poverty and the distribution of resources.

Contemporary issues in Geography:

Environmental Planning, Urban and Transportation Planning, Urban Inequality, Habitat Conservation, and Sustainable Development.

Career Opportunities — What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography?

The study of Geography gives students the knowledge and skills to be competitive in a wide range of careers. From broad skills in research, data analysis, management, and critical thinking to specific skills in cartography, mapping, and geographic information systems, graduates can work in a number of fields, such as: conservation, environmental management, urban planning, research, waste management, teaching, reporting, publishing, law, state and local government.

Potential employers include:

Federal, State and Local Governments, Colleges and Universities, Natural History Museums, National Parks, Research Institutes, Environmental Companies, Health and Human Services, Law Firms, Marketing Firms, Insurance Agencies, Public Advocacy Groups, Private Foundations, Non-Profit Organizations, Public Utilities, Waste Management Companies and Real Estate Developers. For more, please visit Career Counseling.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify, interpret and analyze statistical or numeric information; interpret, analyze and describe spatial patterns and relationships using cartographic, graphic and statistical materials.
  • Identify, describe and differentiate between different research approaches and paradigms within geography and assess change within the discipline over time.
  • Identify, analyze and describe the interconnected nature of political, economic, social and physical processes in shaping the character of places and regions.
  • Use appropriate numeric tables, symbolic models, as well as cartographic and graphic tools and techniques to make arguments relating to spatial patterns, processes and relationships.
  • Use appropriate social science and physical science research methods based upon systematic quantitative and/or qualitative analysis.
  • Understand the role of individuals and institutions in generating cooperation, conflict, exploitation, and oppression locally and globally.
  • Understand the interrelationships between individuals, institutions, and the physical environment both locally and globally.

Transfer Possibilities — Where can I transfer?

An Associate Degree from Shoreline  makes it possible for students to transfer to public and private colleges and universities throughout the U.S. with junior standing. For transfer within Washington State, we offer a special degree called the AA-DTA. For international students, Shoreline also has conditional admission agreements that allow a student to be simultaneously accepted by Shoreline and a university of the student's choosing.

Length of Program: 90 Credits Completion Award: A.A. Degree