Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

Recommended basic skills standards 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.

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.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Three or four (3-4) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 135, except:
    • Adams State University requires MAT 121
    • Metropolitan State University of Denver requires either MAT 135 or MAT 121
    • University of Colorado Denver requires either MAT 121 or MAT 135
    • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs prefers MAT 120

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)


Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Eight (8) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1)
  • No GEO-prefix science courses; GEY 111 not recommended.
  • Adams State, students must take BIO 111 (GT-SC1) and CHE 101 (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.

GEO 105

World Regional Geography: SS2


GEO 106

Human Geography: SS2


GEO 111

Physical Geography-Landforms w/Lab: SC1


GEO 112

Physical Geography-Weather & Climate w/Lab: SC1



Thirteen-fourteen (13-14) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list. 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


Additional information available on the Geography Department website at