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Geography GEOE.S.AA

Associate of Arts - 63 - 64 Credit Hours

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Geography
Effective as of Fall 2022

What is the program about?

Geography is the study of Earth's landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It provides a knowledge of the Earth's physical and human systems and of the interdependency of living things and physical environments. The Associates of Arts Degree in Geography is designed for students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university and pursue baccalaureate degree programs in geography or related fields. The curriculum fulfills the freshman and sophomore general education requirements for most four-year colleges and universities. In addition, the program offers a one-year certificate in Geographic Information Systems. As part of this degree program, students must complete the requirements of the Ohio Transfer 36 in order to graduate.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills related to geospatial technologies, including: coordinate systems, projections, scale, temporal and spatial relationships, data models, data types, and map reading
  • Demonstrate responsibility and accountability in accomplishing individual and group goals in a variety of social contexts.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think logically and problem solve using analysis, synthesis, and evaluation through the study of the science of place and space
  • Demonstrate the ability to present geographic concepts, approaches, methodologies, and applications in oral, written, cartographic, and other visual forms
  • Identify, characterize, and explain spatial patterns and structures, the interaction between environment and society, and recognize the increasing interdependence of world cultures, environments, and their consequences.

Career Opportunities

Ample opportunities exist for students with a degree in geography. The US Department of Labor projects "much faster than average growth in excess of 20% or more, in jobs for geographers, and other geographic professionals." A list of possible careers include: Environmental Scientist/Analyst, Natural Resource Management, Urban and Regional Planning, Education, GIS Analyst, Tourism, International Development, Marketing Analyst, Demographer, Supply Side Analyst, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Park Ranger and Environmental Conservation. Note: Some career opportunities may require more than two years of college study.


Completion of this program guarantees completion of the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM). OTM courses are guaranteed to transfer to any public institution in Ohio on a course-by-course basis or in total. Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


Course Title Credits
BIO 2225 Ecology 4
CIS 2165 Database Management 3
COM 2206 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
ENG 1201 English Composition II 3
GEO 1101 Global Forces, Local Diversity 3
GEO 1102 Earth's Physical Environment 4
GEO 1107 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 4
GEO 1201 World Regional Geography: People, Places & Globalization 3
GEO 1209 Map Design & Visualization 4
GEO 2210 Advanced Spatial Analysis 4
HUM 1135 Environmental Ethics 3
Language Elective 8
MAT 1450 (Introductory Statistics) OR MAT 1470 (College Algebra) 3 - 4
Ohio Transfer 36: Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Ohio Transfer 36: Arts & Humanities Elective 3
SCC 1101 First Year Experience 1
GEO 1300 (Introduction to Extreme Weather & Climate) OR GLG 1101 (Physical Geology) AND GLG 1111 (Physical Geology Laboratory) 4
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Program Accreditation Information


This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.