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Contact: Elizabeth LobbTitle: Department ChairContact: elobb@mtsac.edu
Career Outlook Geography, AA-T

Humanities and Social Sciences Division
Geography is a diverse discipline, with foundational coursework in both Earth and Social Sciences. Such foundational courses are augmented by coursework that applies geographic principles to particular world regions and by courses that explore the fundamental human-environment relationship, including coursework in Anthropology, Political Science, Biology and Earth Sciences.

To earn an Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU system that consist of the IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of a minimum of 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

Required Courses

AA-T/AS-T degrees are designed to facilitate transfer to four-year institutions. Mt. San Antonio College ranks in the Top 10 in transferring students to UC, CSU, and private universities. Please visit Counseling Services for information on how to transfer, workshops, activities, events, and advising.

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      Assist scientists or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development or provide user support.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $91.58

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      Median Salary Earnings
      $99,643.77
      Annual Job Openings
      8,443

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      Typical Hourly Salary
      $61.47

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      Median Salary Earnings
      $96,141.64
      Annual Job Openings
      112

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      Median Salary Earnings
      $75,236.63
      Annual Job Openings
      687

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      Typical Hourly Salary
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      $71,140.03
      Annual Job Openings
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      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      SOC Career Code: 19-3051.00

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      Typical Hourly Salary
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      Annual Job Openings
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      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      SOC Career Code: 19-3092.00

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      Typical Hourly Salary
      $60.65

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      Median Salary Earnings
      $88,643.81
      Annual Job Openings
      16

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      Annual Job Openings
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      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      $122,867.98
      Annual Job Openings
      42

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      SOC Career Code: 25-1064.00

      Teach courses in geography. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $88.07

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      Annual Job Openings
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      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      Annual Job Openings
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      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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      Median Salary Earnings
      $74,022.34
      Annual Job Openings
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      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

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  • Geography, AA-T

    Humanities and Social Sciences Division
    Geography is a diverse discipline, with foundational coursework in both Earth and Social Sciences. Such foundational courses are augmented by coursework that applies geographic principles to particular world regions and by courses that explore the fundamental human-environment relationship, including coursework in Anthropology, Political Science, Biology and Earth Sciences.

    To earn an Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer degree, a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU system that consist of the IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of a minimum of 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

    Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Core Courses7
    GEOG 1Physical Geography3
    or GEOG 1H Physical Geography - Honors
    GEOG 1LPhysical Geography Laboratory1
    or GEOG 1LH Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors
    GEOG 2Human Geography3
    or GEOG 2H Human Geography - Honors
    or GEOG 5 World Regional Geography
    List A
    Choose two courses from the following or any course not selected from core:6
    GEOG 10
    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    GEOG 30
    Geography of California
    List B
    Select two courses from the following or any course not already selected: 3-4
    ANTH 5
    Cultural Anthropology
    or ANTH 5H
    Cultural Anthropology - Honors
    GEOG 8
    Urban Geography
    GEOL 1
    Physical Geology
    Total Units for Major19-20
    CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
    Total Units60

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Contact: Elizabeth LobbTitle: Department ChairContact: elobb@mtsac.edu

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Location: Building 26D-2481LPhone: (909) 274-5775