Oct 02, 2023  
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 
2022-2023 CNM Catalog, Volume 54 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Geography and Environmental Studies, Associate of Arts

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School of Math, Science & Engineering (MSE)

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 an advisor at CNM.

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Educational Option Information

  • This educational option is an Associate of Arts Degree
  • This educational option can be completed Part-Time or Full-Time
  • This educational option is designed for: Immediate employment and transfer into a baccalaureate program.
  • This educational option can be started: Any Term
  • Scheduling Information: Follow course catalog recommendations to avoid scheduling problems.
  • Primary course location: Main Campus

Special Requirements

Students are expected to purchase textbooks, lab manuals and lab safety equipment.

Information for people with felony convictions

  • A felony conviction will not prevent entry into the program or employment; however, it may limit available employment opportunities.

Approximate Costs of this Educational Option

Financial Aid Considerations

Educational Opportunities

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.

Program Requirements


Term 2

Term 3

Term 4

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.

Program Approved Electives


§  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.  

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