Associate degrees can be attained in specific majors offering specialization and depth of instruction. Students earning these major degrees must complete 60 total units in some combination of major coursework with a "C" or better and general education requirements.
Students who do not wish to pursue a specialization can still attain an Associate in Liberal Arts by taking 18 units in a designated Area of Emphasis. Liberal Arts options are offered in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Mathematics & Science. All of the prescribed coursework within each of these degrees is baccalaureate-applicable and considered appropriate for students who plan to continue their education at a 4-year college or university.
Students should discuss the lower division requirement of specific transfer institutions with a counselor or educational advisor.
California Community Colleges are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. More information on the Degree with a Guarantee Program.
Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.