General Studies, Ecotourism Pathway

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in General Studies with an Ecotourism pathway is a great way to begin or grow your career in ecotourism. Ellijay, home of Dalton State College’s Mountain Campus, along with other surrounding mountain areas dotting Gilmer County, is a center to a growing ecotourism industry. These include farms with apple-picking, strawberry-picking, apple festivals, pumpkin festivals, and other activities; outdoor recreation; restaurants; vineyards; and more. This pathway will improve your knowledge of ecotourism and your entrepreneurial skills with foundations in English and math, speech, the environment of business and even Appalachian history. Your second year includes courses in micro- and macro-economics, accounting, heritage tourism, and ecotourism. Once you complete the AA Ecotourism pathway, you are ready to work with local agencies, such as the Chamber of Commerce, to craft your business endeavor in this vibrant industry. More importantly, the AA Ecotourism pathway easily transitions to one of Dalton State College’s popular bachelor’s degrees in arts and sciences and business when you are ready. Take in the fresh air this degree brings to life.

Area A: Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1111College Algebra3
Area B: Institutional Options
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
Choose one:1
Appalachian Hist-Special Topic
Perspectives in Liberal Arts
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts
Required ENGL course
ENGL 2000Topics in Literature & Culture3
Required HUMN course
HUMN 1202Expressions of Culture II3
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
Choose two lab science courses8
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Math requirement:
MATH 1113Precalculus Mathematics3
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
ECON 2105Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics3
Area F: Major Related
ACCT 2101Principles of Accounting I3
BUSA 2106The Environment of Business3
COMM 2000Intro to Mass Communication3
ECOT 2000Introduction to Ecotourism3
GEOG 2330Heritage Tourism3
SUST 2000Intro Envir Sustainability3
Total Hours60


GEOG 1100. Introduction to Geography. 3-0-3 Units.

Offers a broad introduction to the field of geography, with its various traditions, subfields, and associated technologies. Topic areas covered include the multiple aspects of cultural and physical geography and tools used in the discipline.
Prerequisites: ENGL 0999 unless exempt.

GEOG 1101. Intro to Human Geography. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces the study of world geography with attention given to demographic, political, cultural, economic, and environmental characteristics of regions of the world.
Prerequisites: ENGL 0999 unless exempt.

GEOG 1111. Intro to Physical Geography. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces the basic principles of geography as related to the physical elements of the human environment and area distribution throughout the world. Includes maps and locations, weather, climate, and natural resources.
Prerequisites: ENGL 0999 unless exempt.

GEOG 2330. Heritage Tourism. 3-0-3 Units.

Provides an overview of heritage tourism, tourism that focuses on the cultural and natural heritage of a region. Topics may include archaeological sites, indigenous culture, agriculture and foodways, industrial landscapes, religious sites, diaspora, and dark tourism interspersed with case studies from the Greater Chattanooga region and Georgia.
Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or 2112.

GEOG 3310. Historical Geography. 3-0-3 Units.

Investigates the changing landscape of North America from the Pre-Columbian era to the present. Surveys past places, spaces, regions, movements, environments, and landscapes.
Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or HIST 2112.

GEOG 3320. The African Americas. 3-0-3 Units.

Examines the influence of African peoples on regional formation in the Americas with a focus on the biophysical landscape and African adaptation/relationships, the geographic imagination of African American regions, and the relational approach in defining African American regional formation.
Prerequisites: HIST 2111 or 2112.