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What is a Transfer Pathway?

A transfer pathway represents a typical course schedule/sequence for a student planning to complete the A.A. degree within two years, then transfer and major in a specific discipline. A transfer pathway is not institution-specific. 

It is important to understand that the pathway provided in the adjacent tab is just one possible combination of classes by which to complete an A.A. and prepare for transfer in your chosen area of study. Other course combinations and sequences can work, too. It is strongly recommended that students work directly and frequently with a COD academic counselor/advisor, a COD faculty advisor, and academic counselors/advisors at potential transfer schools, to develop and execute a plan that works best for them.

For more information about Geography, please visit the program page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
GEOGR 1100 Western World Geography 7,8,9 3
GEOGR 1130 Cultural Geography 9,10 3
GEOGR 1151 Geographic Information Systems I 9 3
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 11 3
MATH 1220 Quantitative Literacy 12,13 3
Second Semester
GEOGR 1105 Eastern World Geography 7,8 3
GEOGR 1152 Geographic Information Systems II 9 3
SPEEC 1100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 11 3
ENGLI 1102 English Composition II 11 3
Gen EdSelect one of the following Fine Arts courses 3
Non-Western Art  
Introduction to World Music  
Introduction to Humanities: The Arts  
Humanities Beyond the U.S. & Europe  
Summer Semester
GEOGR 1153 Applied Geographic Information Systems 1 3
ElectiveIf needed to reach 64 credits  
Third Semester
GEOGR 1120 Economic Geography 7,8,9 3
Gen EdHumanities (Foreign Language course) 4
Gen EdPhysical Science (Earth Science course) 2, 3 3-4
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 4 3
GEOGR 1154 Geodatabase Development 5 3
Fourth Semester
Select one of the following (Major or Elective): 3
Urban Geography  
Latin America  
Gen EdHumanities (Foreign Language course) 6 3-4
ElectiveSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
BIOLO 1110 Environmental Biology 14 4
GEOGR 1155 GIS Capstone Project 4, 5 3
 Total Credits65-67

If pursuing the GIS Certificate.


These courses relate best to Geography: EARTH 1102 Physical Geology of Earth's Surface, EARTH 1105 Environmental Geology, EARTH 1110 Introduction to Meteorology, EARTH 1111 Climate and Global Change, EARTH 1130 Introduction to Oceanography, EARTH 1131 Fundamentals of Oceanography, EARTH 1135 Water Science-Fundamentals of Hydrology, EARTH 1140 Fundamentals of Earth Science, EARTH 1141 Introduction to Earth Science


EARTH 1131 Fundamentals of Oceanography and EARTH 1141 Introduction to Earth Science are three-credit courses without a lab component, unlike the other four-credit courses. Taking the three-credit course will be sufficient to fulfill the Physical Science gen ed requirement, but may make it more difficult to reach the graduation minimum of 64 credits. These courses relate best to Geography.


These courses relate best to Geography: ANTHR 1100 Cultural Anthropology, ANTHR 1130 People and Cultures of the World, ECONO 2201 Macroeconomics and the Global Economy, ECONO 2202 Microeconomics and the Global Economy, POLS 2220 World Politics, SOCIO 2210 Social Problems, SOCIO 2215 Race and Racism in America


If pursuing the GIS Certificate. If not then take elective.


Taking the three-credit course will be sufficient to fulfill the Humanities gen ed requirement, but may make it more difficult to reach the graduation minimum of 64 credits.


Counts toward Social and Behavioral Sciences Gen Ed requirement


Fulfills Global/Multicultural Studies requirement


Geography major course


Fulfills Human Relations requirement


Communications Gen Ed requirement


Fulfills Mathematics Gen Ed Requirement


Fulfills Contemporary Life Skills requirement


Counts toward Life Science Gen Ed requirement

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural or interest-based Student Club.
  • During the semester, the student should talk with a full-time Geography faculty member, should choose a regional specialty, and should consider the GIS Certificate.

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.
  • During the semester, the student should talk with a full-time Geography faculty member at a potential transfer school.

Third Semester

  • Choose a foreign language that corresponds with your chosen regional specialty.

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A. degree, please visit the A.A. degree catalog page.

Please note that the A.A. and A.S. Degrees currently require a minimum of 64 hours for completion. If the transfer pathway listed above has fewer than 64 hours listed, students will need to take additional coursework to reach that minimum. Students should consult with a faculty or program advisor to discuss their options.