About Geography and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Geographers study the relationships among places, natural systems, society and cultural activities and the interdependence of these from the spatial perspective.

Geographers today are active in the examination and planning of our communities and the development of our human landscapes along with the study of global warming, deforestation, pollution, and a variety of other environmental quandaries.

The Associate in Arts in Geography for Transfer (AA-T) is specifically designed to prepare you for transfer to a CSU geography program at the upper-division level. It may also be appropriate for transfer to other four-year institutions. To accomplish this goal, you will complete transferable lower-division courses in geography and related fields. As a geography major, you will be able to take most or all of your lower-division courses at CCSF before you transfer but should see a counselor to confirm your program of study. Additional courses might be required to transfer to particular institutions. 

The GIS Certificate is for students who for their major or career need to develop in-depth knowledge of the fundamental concepts and practice of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and learn hands-on problem-solving skills doing real-world GIS application projects. Students will be able to apply this knowledge and hands-on skills to various fields including, but not limited to, planning, engineering, geography, criminology, real estate, biotech, public utilities, transportation, forestry, ecology, resource management, emergency response, business/marketing.

Explore Potential Careers

Studying Geography and GIS can lead to a variety of different jobs or career paths. Below are just some of the many options you will have.

  • Cartographers
  • Emergency Management Planners
  • Environmental Planners
  • GIS Analysts and Specialists
  • Location Analysts or Area Specialists
  • Remote Sensing Analysts and Specialists
  • Researchers
  • Transportation Planners and Managers
  • Urban and City Planners

For more information, review American Association of Geographers (AAG) Jobs and Careers and Earth Science Department Career Advice.

Program Options 

Click on the degree or certificate you're interested in earning to see a sample map of courses to take to complete your goal from start to finish. 

Please note that the course maps provided are just an example to help you get started. Please meet with a counselor to personalize the plan to you and your Academic goals. 

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
GEOG 1 Physical Geography 3  
GEOG 1L Physical Geography Lab 3  
ENGL 1A + 1AS    
CSU GE Area B4   3  
CSU GE Area E      
Additional CSU Transferable Units      

Total Units: 

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
GEOG 3 World Regional Geography 3  
GEOG 110 Intro to Geographic Information Systems 3  
Major Requirement (See Counselor) 3  
CSU GE Area A3 Critical Thinking 3-4  
CSU GE Area A1 Oral Communication 3  

Total Units: 15-16

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
GEOG 4 Cultural Geography 3  
Major Requirement (See Counselor) 3  
CSU GE Area B2 Life Science 3-6  
CSU GE Area C1 Arts 3  
Additional CSU Transferable Units   3  

Total Units: 15-18

Semester 4

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
CSU GE Area C2 Humanities 3-5  
Additional Area C1 or C2 (See Counselor) 3-5  
POLS 1 U.S. Government 3  
Additional CSU Transferable Units   3  
Additional CSU Transferable Units   3  

Total Units: 15-19

View Requirements in College Catalog

Semester 1 

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
GEOG 110 Introduction to GIS 3  

Total Units: 3 

Semester 2

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
       
GEOG 111 GIS Analysis and Modeling 3  

Total Units: 3 

Semester 3

Course Number Course Title Units Notes
GEOG 112 GIS Software Technology 3  

Total Units: 3

Transfer Options

The program coursework you complete at City College will satisfy lower-division requirements for related majors at several colleges and universities. Start planning your transfer by exploring Geography programs at the following institutions:  

Have questions about transfer?