Nov 20, 2019  
2019-2020 GCC Catalog 
    
2019-2020 GCC Catalog

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Geography Studies, A.A.


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With this degree, you will be able to transfer to the following majors:

Central Connecticut State University Geography with Specialization in Environmental Geography, B.A.
  Geography with Specialization in General/Regional Geography, B.A.
  Geography with Specialization in Geographic Information Science, B.A.
  Geography with Specialization in Planning, B.A.
  Geography with Specialization in Tourism, B.A.
Southern Connecticut State University Geography, B.A.
  Geography - Concentration: Geographic Information Science and Technology, B.S.

Here is the recommended course of study for the Geography Studies Degree. If you are studying part-time, simply follow the order of the courses listed here. Note that not all courses will be available every semester. You will notice that in many instances you will be able to choose the specific course you will take from within a category.

First Semester


  • ENG* 101 - Composition 3 credits
  • Choose one course in Historical Knowledge and Understanding - 3 credits
  • Choose one course in Aesthetic Dimensions - 3 credits
  • Unrestricted Elective (see below) - 3 credits
  • Select one of the following courses - 3 credits
  • GEO* 101 , or GEO 102 or GEO 111 (GEO 102 and 111 are not available at Gateway. In order to complete them, you will need to take them at another institution).

Total Semester Credits: 15


Second Semester


Select one of the following you have not already taken:

  • GEO* 101  or GEO 102 or GEO 111 (GEO 102 and 111 are not available at Gateway. In order to complete them, you will need to take them at another institution).
  • Choose one course in Quantitative Reasoning - 3-4 credits
  • Choose one course in Written Communication II - 3 credits
  • Choose one course in Scientific Reasoning - 4 credits
  • Unrestricted Elective (see below) - 3 credits

Total Semester Credits: 16-17


Third Semester


Begin the transfer application process in your third semester or the semester before you plan to graduate. FAFSA becomes available October 1.

  • Choose one course in Scientific Knowledge and Understanding - 3 credits
  • Choose one course in Social Phenomena - 3 credits
  • Choose one course in Additional General Education I - Creativity - 3 credits
  • Unrestricted Electives (2) (see below) (GEO 204 is strongly recommended if you are planning to pursue the Specialization in Tourism at Central) - 6 credits

Total Semester 15-16


Fourth Semester


During your last semester at GCC, don’t forget to apply for graduation.

  • Choose one course in Critical Analysis and Information Literacy - 3 credits
  • Choose one course in Oral Communication - 3 credits
  • Choose one course in Additional General Education II - Global Knowledge - 3 credits
  • Unrestricted Electives (2) (see below) - 6 credits

Total Semester Credits: 15


Total Program Credits: 60


Unrestricted Electives


Use unrestricted elective credits to complete 9 credits in one subject area; 3 - 6 of these credits may also meet general education requirements. You should consider pursuing a minor subject area based upon your specific field of interest in geography. Some suggested disciplines include: Anthropology, Earth Science, Economics, Environmental Science, Geography (CCSU), Geology, History, Mathematics (statistics preferred), Political Science, Computer Science.

These courses are meant to complete 50% of the minor requirement in all of CCSU’s specialization, but can also be used to begin a minor or second major at SCSU. CCSU allows you to major and minor in Geography as long as your minor is in a different specialization from the major.

You are free to choose any courses at or above 100-level to complete unrestricted electives, although you may need to use these credits to take courses that prepare you for required courses in the degree program. You should also consider using unrestricted electives to meet foreign language requirements at Central Eastern and Western Connecticut State Universities or to begin work on completing a minor. CCSU will require that you complete a minor by earning at least 18 credits in one area outside your major field; you must complete at least 9 of those minor credits at CCSU. You can also complete other General Education requirements for CCSU, SCSU, WCSU and COSC–but not ECSU. You are encouraged to meet with your advisor to determine which courses to select.

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