Transfer Plans

Select a school and program

For additional information and possible next steps, please refer to the following information:

  • If you are considering transferring to GVSU, please visit our Transfer Admissions resource page for all the information you need to get started.
  • For information on how your courses transfer to GVSU, please review the Course Equivalencies online.
  • If you decide to transfer to GVSU prior to completing your Associates Degree, you should consider taking advantage of the reverse transfer agreement we have with all Michigan community colleges.
  • Our online catalog provides a wealth of information on GVSU's academic programs, policies and procedures, course descriptions, etc.
  • Each college at GVSU has an academic advising center that serves specific majors in that college. If you have specific questions about program requirements, you could contact the advising center to seek additional information.
  • Each academic department at GVSU provides additional information about specific programs of study and links to important resources. You may access a comprehensive list here.
  • Our Career Center provides comprehensive support and resources for all students at GVSU. It is recommended that you connect with the counselors there as soon as you transition to GVSU.
  • The Career Guides by Major allow students to investigate possible career or graduate/professional school opportunities based on specific programs of study.

Transfer plans are meant to provide you with a suggested outline of courses for your respective academic interest. They are simply a guide while you attend community college. If you have additional questions regarding the content of this transfer plan, please contact the GVSU Admissions & Recruitment Office by phone at 616-331-2025 or by email at [email protected].


Northwestern Michigan College

Program Guide for Geography and Sustainable Planning

First Year, First Semester

Course Credits
ENG 111 4
MTH 111 4
Social Science elective 3
GEO 105 + 105L 4
Total 15

First Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
ENG 112 4
MTH 131 4
Humanities elective 3
GEO 109 3
Total 14

Second Year, First Semester

Course Credits
Elective 3
GEO 108 3
CIT 100 3
Science elective 4
Elective 3
Total 16

Second Year, Second Semester

Course Credits
Humanities elective 3
GEO 115 3
Elective 3
U.S. Diversity elective 3
Social Science elective 3
Total 15


  • Degree offered:  B.A., B.S.  Students seeking the B.A. degree are required to demonstrate third semester proficiency in a foreign language.
  • This gude fulfills the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Humanities electives must be selected from different disciplines.  Social Science elective must be a non-GEO course.  Science electives must be a non-GEO course.  Please check with your community college advisor for additional associate degree requirements.  GVSU will still honor the MACRAO agreement.
  • Students should consider a secondary area of study such as a language, natural resources management or other area of interest.  Choose electives from those areas to complement the Geography major.
  • U.S. Diversity:  Please see the general education guide for a list of approved courses.


  • The U.S. Department of Labor projects "much faster than average" growth, in excess of 20% or more, in jobs for geographers, geoscientists, cartographers, urban and regional planners, and other geographic professionals, with projected needs of upwards of 15,000 additional employees in each of these career fields between 2008 - 2018.
  • Geography tackles issues of local, national, and global significance (e.g., climate change, immigration, economic trade) by attracting scholars drawn to its conceptual frameworks for interdisciplinary and integrative research.

At least three recent global trends can be identified where geographers are making a difference in society and the world:

  • Globalization at an increasing pace and scale phenomena that compel greater understanding of the world, places, people, and natural systems that affect us as a planet and as global citizens and consumers.
  • Proliferation of geographic technologies, such as GIS, satellite remote sensing and GPS in cell phones and cars, online mapping at your fingertips, cable news reports using spatial visualizations, and many more applications in modern business and government services.
  • Trend toward greater interdisciplinarity, espceiall a renewed focus on big questions that matter but that require a breadth of knowledge and multiple fields to tackle.