Geography is the field of science describing, analyzing, and understanding the distribution and spatial interaction of Earth’s physical and cultural landscapes. Using tools such as mapping, it focuses on the complex interrelationships between Earth and human systems, sustainability of global and local resources, and social and demographic phenomena. This program is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts in Geography from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Geography at the University of New Mexico. However, students from CNM seeking a baccalaureate degree may also transfer to other institutions. Students interested in transfer to UNM should consult the UNM Geography Department. Students should always refer to the catalog of their intended transfer institution for admission, program, course, and graduation requirements. College catalogs are generally available online. Students should also consult the School Advisor in the School of Math, Science and Engineering at CNM.
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Many of the courses in this program are transferable and some may be applied to four-year degree programs at other institutions. CNM currently has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities in New Mexico and elsewhere.
Minimum Credit Hours Required to Complete Degree: 61
* * ECON 2110 recommended. A background in macroeconomics is essential not only for study in economic geography but also provides foundational knowledge in very marketable applications of the geography major, including town planning, location analysis, market research, and sustainability and conservation work.
ª GEOG 1950 transfers to UNM as GEOG 195. GEOG 195 is required for students pursuing a BA in Geography at UNM.
º GEOG 2201 transfers to UNM as GEOG 140. GEOG 140 is required for students pursuing a BA in Geography at UNM.
§ Students should choose elective courses that are conducive to their future career and college plans. Those whose future major/career goals are in physical geography should ensure that they have a strong background in science and math, while those whose future major/career goals include economic, political or cultural geography should acquire a strong background in the appropriate social and behavioral sciences. It is wise for students to consult with an advisor at the 4-year institution to which they wish to transfer to best determine which courses to take.
* It is recommended that students take the 1 credit hour MATH 1350L course along with another 3 credit hour course to satisfy this elective. A strong background in statistics is required for almost all geography applications. MATH 1350L provides additional statistical context and applications, with an emphasis on using many of the statistical tools that geographers use every day, including Excel and other software packages.