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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Golden West College offers majors and programs that lead to an Associates Degree or Certificate. We also offer courses that fulfill  for general education requirements and transferable courses which fulfill lower division requirements for many other majors. It is important that you meet with a GWC Counselor early in your studies to develop your Student Education Plan (SEP).

ACADEMIC DIVISIONS

Degree and Certificate Descriptions

Associate in Arts Degree

Associate Degrees are commonly conferred by community colleges, with one of two purposes. Either the program prepares an individual for transfer to a four-year college or university, or the program is intended to prepare the student for immediate employment. The requirements for the associate degree include the specific courses in the major or area of emphasis and courses comprising the general education or breadth requirement for a total of 60 units.

Associate in Science Degree

Associate Degrees are commonly conferred by community colleges, with one of two purposes. Either the program prepares an individual for transfer to a four-year college or university, or the program is intended to prepare the student for immediate employment. The requirements for the associate degree include the specific courses in the major or area of emphasis and courses comprising the general education or breadth requirement for a total of 60 units.

Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer

This is a variation of the associate degrees offered at California community colleges. It is intended for students who plan to transfer to a CSU campus. These degrees guarantee admission to the CSU system but not to a particular campus or major. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree in order to meet the requirements for a particular CSU campus.

More information about the ADTs is available at http://www.adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

This is a variation of the associate degrees offered at California community colleges. It is intended for students who plan to transfer to a CSU campus. These degrees guarantee admission to the CSU system but not to a particular campus or major. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree in order to meet the requirements for a particular CSU campus.

More information about the ADTs is available at http://www.adegreewithaguarantee.com/

Certificate of Achievement

This certificate goes through the State approval process and requires a minimum of 12 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational area. The certificate is recorded on the student’s transcript and they are recognized at the graduation ceremony.

Certificate of Achievement – Transfer

The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) and the California State University General Education – Breadth Certificates of Achievement are state approved and along with a Major or Area of Emphasis meets the requirement for an AA degree with the purpose of transferring to a 4-year institution.

Certificate of Specialization

This certificate focuses on the student gaining competency in a skill so he/she can quickly move into the workplace and must be under 18 units. This certificate does not require state approval, it is not recorded on the student’s transcript, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at the graduation ceremony.


Degrees and Certificates in Alphabetical Order

Accounting

Accounting – AA
Staff Accountant – COA
IRS Enrolled Agent – COS

American Sign Language Interpreting

American Sign Language Interpreting- AA | COA

Anthropology

Anthropology – AA-T

Art

Art – AA
Art History – AA-T
Studio Arts – AA-T

Automotive Technology

Chassis & Drivetrain Specialist – AA | COA
Engine Performance & Emissions Specialist – AA | COA

Biology

General Biology – AA

Business Administration

Business Administration – AS-T | AA | COA

Chemistry

Chemistry – AA

Computer Aided Design & Drafting

CADD – AA | COA
Technical Drafting – COS

Communication Studies

Communication Studies – AA-T

Computer Business Applications

Computer Business Applications – AA |COA | COS
Administrative Assistant – AA | COA
Microsoft Office – COS
Certified Business Professional: CAP – AA
Certified Business Professional: Professional Legal Secretary – AA

Computer Science

Software Development – AA | COA
Video Game Development – AA | COA

Cosmetology

Cosmetology – AA | COA
Esthetician – AA | COA
Barbering – COA

Criminal Justice

Administration of Justice – AS-T | AA
Corrections – AA
Law Enforcement – COA
Police Academy – AA

Dance

Dance – AA

Design

Design – COA

Digital Arts

Digital Arts – AA
Biotechnology Media Design – COS
Graphic Design and Production – COA
Graphic Design Advanced Production – COS
Graphic Design Foundation – COS
Graphic Design Web Site Design – COS

Digital Media – AA | COA | COS

Digital Media- AA | COA
Audio Recording – COS
Video Editing – COS
Video Production – COS

Economics

Economics – AA-T

Elementary Teacher Education

Elementary Teacher Education – AA-T |  AA

English 

English – AA-T

Environmental Studies

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – AA
Energy Auditor – COA
Solar Energy – COA | COS

Floral Design and Shop Management

Floral Design and Shop Management – AA | COA

French

French – AA

Geography

Geography – AA-T

Geology

Geology – AS-T

Global Studies

Global Studies – COA

History

History – AA-T

Kinesiology

Kinesiology- AA-T

Liberal Arts

AA – AREA OF EMPHASIS:
Arts and Humanities – AA
Business and Technology – AA
Mathematics – AA
Science – AA
Social and Behavioral Sciences – AA
Social Behavior and Self-development – AA

Management

Management – AA | COA
Human Resources Management – COA
Retail Management – COA
Retail Management and Entrepreneurship – AA
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management – COA

Marketing

Marketing – AA | COA

Mathematics

Mathematics – AS-T | AA

Music

Music – AA-T

Nursing

Nursing – Registered Nurse – AA
Nursing – LVN to RN – AA

Peace Studies

Peace Studies – AA

Philosophy

Philosophy – AA-T

Physics

Physics – AS-T | AS

Political Science

Political Science – AA-T | AA

Psychology

Psychology – AA-T | AA

Science

See Biology, Chemistry, or Physics

Sociology

Sociology – AA-T

Spanish

Spanish- AA-T | AA

Theater Arts

Theater Arts – AA-T | AA
Scenic, Lighting and Projection Design Technician – COA

Vietnamese

Vietnamese – AA

World Language

World Language – AA