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How to Earn Your Associate Degree

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To earn your degree, you must complete:

  1. Either Sierra College Associate Degree RequirementsCalifornia State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
  2. Four learning skill proficiency requirements, if using Sierra College General Education Breadth.
  3. The requirements of your selected major. All major courses must be completed with a "C" or better.
  4. 60 degree-applicable units, a minimum of 12 degree-applicable units must be completed at Sierra, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
  5. A degree request form which is available in the counseling office.

Details on Earning a Degree

1. General Education Breadth

Complete one of the following three general education patterns: Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements; California State University General Education Breadth pattern; or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

If completing an Associate Degree for Transfer only California State University General Education Breadth pattern; or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). may be used.*

*IGETC is the only approved general education pattern for the Computer Science for Transfer degree. (CSU GE is NOT an approved option.)

This item refers to the degree requirement sheet available here as a PDF. You might need Adobe Acrobat Reader. For the most current version of the sheet, refer to the Sierra College catalog or pick up a copy in the Counseling Office.

2. Learning Skill Proficiencies

Learning Skill Proficiencies (when using Sierra College General Education Breadth Requirements) may double count with major or general education.

WRITING: Satisfied by the English Composition course in area D-1.

READING: Met by assessment score, or by one of the courses listed.

ORAL COMMUNICATIONS: Complete one of the courses listed.

MATHEMATICS: Demonstrated proficiency by one of the three options listed.

This item refers to the degree requirement sheet available here as a PDF. You might need Adobe Acrobat Reader. For the most current version of the sheet, refer to the Sierra College catalog or pick up a copy in the Counseling Office.

3. Major

Over 70 majors to choose from. See the Sierra College Catalog for course and unit requirements of each major.

4. Catalog Year

Know your catalog rights:

Sierra College issues a new catalog every academic year. New programs may be introduced and course requirements for specific majors may change from one catalog to the next. For purposes of meeting Sierra College degree and/or certificate requirements, students may choose from the following Sierra College catalog options:

  1. The catalog in effect at the time the student first enrolled at Sierra College or any year thereafter, as long as continuous enrollment has been maintained;
  2. The catalog in effect at the intended semester/session of graduation; or
  3. The catalog in effect at the time the student first enrolled at a California community college, a California State University, a University of California campus, and/or a regionally accredited institution of higher education, as long as continuous enrollment has been maintained.

Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in at least one course per calendar year (spring, summer, fall), with at least one of the following academic record symbols recorded on an official transcript: A, B, C, D, F, W, MW, P, NP, or I. Students beginning enrollment during the summer have the option of choosing the prior academic year's catalog.

If continuous enrollment is interrupted, students may reestablish catalog rights based on the date of reenrollment at Sierra College or any other California community college, CSU, UC campus, or regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Regardless of catalog rights, a course may be used to satisfy a general education requirement if it was approved for the general education area at the time the course was successfully completed and the course complies with Title 5 regulations.

Catalog rights do not apply to entrance requirements for programs (e.g., Nursing).

Current online catalog and previous catalogs in pdf form.

5. 60 Degree-applicable Units

If using Sierra College General Education Breadth Requirements: This total includes major, general education, learning skills, and electives. To be "degree applicable," a course must be numbered below 500. If you take English A, N, 50, 50L or 60, only one of these courses may be counted toward the degree.

If using California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern:  This total includes major, general education, and electives.  To be "degree applicable", a course must be CSU transferable.  Please refer to the Sierra College catalog for the list of CSU transferable courses.

6. Degree Request

The deadline is October 1st for fall graduation and March 1st for spring/summer graduation.  Degree Request forms are available in the counseling office.

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