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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 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 g.p.a. 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.

Know your catalog rights:

Students may choose the catalog in force either upon their entry or exit from Sierra College, or the catalog year when a new major is offered for the first time. A course may be used to satisfy a general education breadth requirement if it was approved for the general education area at the time of completion, within current Title 5 regulations. To maintain catalog rights, students must be enrolled in at least one semester or session per calendar year.

4. Catalog Year

Know your catalog rights:

Students may choose the catalog in force either upon their entry or exit from Sierra College, or the catalog year when a new major is offered for the first time. A course may be used to satisfy a general education breadth requirement if it was approved for the general education area at the time of completion, within current Title 5 regulations. To maintain catalog rights, students must be enrolled in at least one semester or session per calendar year.

Current 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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