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How to Earn Your Associate Degree

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To earn your degree, you must complete:

  1. Seven general education breadth courses.
  2. Four learning skill proficiency requirements.
  3. The requirements of a major.
  4. 60 degree-applicable units, 12+ at Sierra, with a minimum g.p.a. of 2.0
  5. petition for the degree.

Details on Earning a Degree

1. General Education/Breadth

Choose at least three units (2 in area E) in each of the areas, "A" through "F," on the Associate degree requirement sheet. For example, in Area A: Natural Sciences, you may choose ANY ONE course in the boxed area. (Note that an Associate in Science degree requires a lab course. These courses are underlined.)

A. Natural Sciences

B. Social/Behavioral Sciences

C. Humanities

D-1. English Composition

D-2. Communication and Analytic Thinking

E. Health Education/Physical Education (2 units)

F. Multicultural Studies

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 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 course.

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. 60 Degree-applicable Units

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.

5. Petition for the Degree

The deadline each year is October 1st for fall graduation and March 1st for spring/summer graduation.

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