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Geography Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide

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Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.

Use the AA -DTA Degree Planning Guide, with this sheet, to understand the requirements for graduation.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a baccalaureate degree in Geography.

Geography is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Social Sciences, as well as Medicine, Law, and Education.

Where can I go for help?

Geography Faculty Advisor

Chip Dodd
206-546-4653 cdodd@shoreline.edu Rm 5354

Career Planning


General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

International Student Academic Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

School Transfer Information
Central Washington University http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/transfer-admission-criteria
Eastern Washington University https://www.ewu.edu/apply/transfer/
The Evergreen State College http://tinyurl.com/zhyjy3s
University of Washington - Seattle http://admit.washington.edu/apply/transfer/
Western Washington University http://www.wwu.edu/vtc/

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education Requirements - 20 Credits

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

ART 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105  

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes:

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120 . Recommended: MATH& 146 .

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, mathadvising@shoreline.edu.

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: HUM 111 , HUM 112 , HUM 113 , MUSC 108 , PHIL 102 , PHIL 210 .

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses. Recommended: ANTH& 205 , BIOL 107 , BIOL 124 , BIOL 144 , BIOL& 213 , CHEM 171 /CHEM 181 , ENVS& 100 , ENVS& 101 , ENVS 202 , GEOG 204 , GEOL& 101 , GEOL 107 , GEOL& 115 , GEOL& 208 OCEA& 101 .

Strongly Recommended:

Selected Courses:

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences . Recommended: ANTH& 100 , ANTH& 206 ECON 100 , ECON& 201 , ECON& 202 , GEOG& 200 , HIST 218 , HIST 245 , HIST 247 , PHIL 102 , PHIL 210 , POLS& 101 , POLS& 202 , POLS& 203 , PSYC& 200 , PSYC 208 , PSYC 245 , SOC& 101 , SOC& 201 , SOC 250 , SOC 288 , GWS 205 , GWS 215 , GWS 284 , GWS 285 .

Strongly Recommended:

Selected Courses:

General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits

Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives  and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) . Recommended: GEOG& 200 , GEOG 277 , BIOL& 211 , MATH& 142 , additional lab science in biology, chemistry, geology or physics, World Language if required for university admission or graduation.

What is Geography?

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.

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, urban planners, natural history museums, national parks, research institutes, environmental consultants, 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 http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx.

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