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Earn a Geography Associate Degree at Aims

Are you fascinated by the natural features of the earth’s surface and the human societies that live in its many regions? The Aims associate degree in geography gives you a solid foundation for earning a four-year geography degree at a college or university. 
Geography is the scientific study of the physical features of the earth’s landforms, its atmosphere and climate, and the effects of human activity including the distribution of populations and resources, land use, and industries.
Earning a geography associate degree at Aims allows you to earn a bachelor’s degree while paying less in tuition. Thanks to a statewide agreement between community colleges and universities, upon completion of your associate degree at Aims you can transfer to any participating four-year public university in Colorado as a junior and earn your bachelor’s degree in geography. Taking your general education degree requirements at Aims instead of a four-year institution can save you considerable cost. 

At Aims, your instructors, Pathway Advisors and coaches at the Aims Transitions Center will work together to guide you through the transfer process.

Are you excited to study the structures of power and governance and their effects on the world? Explore your options for earning a geography degree at Aims.

Gain Knowledge and Skills in Geography

In the Aims geography program, you’ll study an exciting array of subjects that will help you hone your career path. You’ll master skills that will prepare you for continuing your studies in a four-year program and beyond, including:

  • GIS technology for creating and analyzing maps
  • Typology
  • Data collection and evaluation
  • Memorization
  • Identifying regions, countries and cities
  • Analyzing different perspectives 

Studying geography will help you evaluate and understand current events and the many different cultures of the world. You’ll learn how you are part of a global community and of history as well as important skills that employers seek such as critical thinking, effective written and oral communication, teamwork and collaboration.

General education and elective courses will round out your degree requirements. Getting your general education requirements at Aims is beneficial not just in terms of lower cost, but also in smaller class sizes and one-on-one support from instructors who are dedicated to teaching.

Learn About Geographic Information Systems with a GIS Certificate

Earning a certificate is a cost-effective way to explore an area of interest without committing to a full academic degree program and can be the first step towards earning an associate degree. 

  • GIS Certificate

Careers in Geography

Because it spans many disciplines that touch natural and social sciences, a degree in geography will prepare you for a wide variety of careers in the government, higher education, private industry, non-profits and research.

Examples of careers you might enter with a bachelor’s degree in geography include:

  • GIS technician or manager
  • Oil and gas or utility technician
  • Teacher
  • Urban planner
  • Cartographer
  • Environmental consultant
  • Conservation officer
  • Landscape architect
  • Political advisor

Continue Your Geography Studies at a Colorado Four-Year Public University

Thanks to a Statewide Transfer Articulation Agreement in Colorado, after graduating from Aims with an Associate of Arts degree, you can go on to study at any participating public university statewide.
Below is a list of colleges and universities in Colorado that are a part of this statewide agreement and offer bachelor's degrees in geography.

Adams State University  
[B.A. Geosciences, Physical Geography emphasis]  
University of Colorado Colorado Springs 
University of Colorado Denver 
University of Northern Colorado 
[B.A. Geography; Global & Area Studies or Geographic Information Science emphases]  

Here’s what your journey from Aims to a bachelor’s degree in geography will look like:

  1. An Aims Enrollment Coach can answer your questions about this degree transfer program and help you get started on the path to earning your degree.
  2. After becoming an Aims student, you’ll choose classes to earn your geography associate degree. Your Aims Pathway Advisor will help ensure you follow the pathway that best suits you and helps you reach your goals.
  3. Throughout your time at Aims, you'll also work with an Aims Transfer Coach to get help choosing the school you’d like to transfer to and researching what scholarships are available.
  4. You can also reach out to a transfer advisor at your chosen four-year school to make sure you're choosing classes that will support you when you go on to complete your bachelor's degree.
  5. Before graduating from Aims, your Transfer Coach will help you prepare for the transition to your new school as a junior.
Aims2UNC students at College Center event

The Aims2UNC Transition Program

Aims2UNC is a joint initiative streamlining the path for students to seamlessly transition between the two colleges. You’ll get support from dedicated Aims2UNC advisors who will guide you as you earn your associate and bachelor's degrees in geography.

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Leverage Your Associate Degree in Geography to Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Related Subjects

While many Aims geography students go on to earn a bachelor’s or higher degree in this subject, some go on to major in other disciplines, including:

  • History
  • Economics
  • Political Science
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology 

You can also choose one of the majors above and declare a minor in geography. Work with your Pathway Advisor to choose the courses that you’ll need to fulfill requirements and understand that you may need to make up some credits if you choose a new major. 

Geography Faculty

Aims Geography faculty brings 15 years of experience teaching in higher education with rigorous academic expectations. With small class sizes, you can benefit from opportunities for one-on-one instruction, peer interaction and robust discussion. 

  • Portrait of Mark Moody

    Mark Moody

    Professor, Geography