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Geography Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

Fresno City College
Program overview
2 years
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Fall 2021

Spring 2021

Program description

Geography Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

An Associate in Geography for transfer is designed for students planning to complete a bachelor’s degree in Geography at a CSU. Geography explores Earth’s landscapes and the physical processes shaping them as well as human relationships with the environment. Geographic inquiry bridges the Social and Natural sciences, and is rooted in spatial analysis of phenomena. Within geography there are a number of sub-disciplines, ranging from climatology and geomorphology to the study of human cultures, migrations, economies, and urban environments. Geographers study the interaction of people with the natural environment, as well as the impacts of people and their activities shape, and are in turn shaped, by the natural environment. Cultural Geography focuses on the spatial organization of the societies at scales ranging from the local to the global, utilizing different time scales. Geographic analysis, particularly through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), is used to address a wide range of issues and problems of the modern world. The Associate in Geography is composed of a core set of introductory Geography courses that assist students in developing critical thinking and spatial analysis skills. It also provides students with a solid foundation for pursuing further study in related majors. To earn the Associate in Geography degree for transfer, students must complete (60) required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework, CSU-GE breadth or UGETC requirements and (33) semester units within the major. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA including grades of C or higher in each course taken to fulfill the major.

Admission requirements

International Students and Scholars Admission Requirements

To determine whether you are eligible for admission to our Fresno City College International Program, please review the following Admission Requirements, and submit the completed checklist with your other application materials:

  • Student must be 18 years old prior to the start of the semester
  • Affidavit of Support Form
  • Cost of Attendance Acknowledgement Form
  • Financial Documents
  • TOEFL or IELTS Exam Results – Waived if student Graduated from a U.S. High School and/or if English is an official language of home country
    • TOEFL Score Requirement Score of 500 Paper Based Test (PBT) or 61 Internet Based Test (iBT) required from students applying from their home country. If a student attended and completed an English Language Training Program in the U.S. we will consider accepting a score of 460 PBT or 48 iBT. Transcripts will be required from English Training Program for review.
    • IELTS Score Requirement Overall Band Score of 5.5 required from students applying from home country with at least 5.0 in each subsection (Listening, reading, Writing, and Speaking). If a student attended and completed an English Language Training Program in the U.S. we will consider accepting an Overall Band Score of 5.0. Transcripts will be required from English Training Program for review.
  • High School Graduation Requirement Official Graduation Certificate/Diploma, transcripts, and/or equivalent evidence of graduation from a Secondary School or its equivalent are required. If records are not in English, certified translation must be furnished.

For more information about admission requirement, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Required Core Courses

  • Physical Geography
  • Cultural Geography
  • World Geography
  • World Geography

List A: Select Two Courses

  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Physical Geography: Weather and Climate
  • Introduction to GIS
  • Geography of California

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

International and Out-of-State student fees for spring 2021 : $3480.00 per 12 credit units

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.


Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Define and provide examples of basic geographical concepts in physical and human geography. (For example: plate tectonics, culture hearths and diffusion.)
  2. Describe physical processes by which surface features are formed and shaped, (e.g. climate; landforms) and human geography (e.g. religion; population).
  3. Explain how geographical factors have shaped historical and current patterns of physical and human geography. (For example, how plate tectonics influences the location and shape of the continents, or how environment and economics have influenced migration and settlement patterns)

About this institute

Fresno City College

FCC provides the first two years of American university education to help you get where you want to be. Students will receive an American education at an affordable cost. Our students enjoy and benefit from individualized staff guidance, academic counseling,...

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