Associate in Arts Degree Requirements
Associate Degree Requirements
1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
A. Completion of a minimum of 21 units as listed under Areas A through E on the following pages.
B. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education Breadth requirements as listed on the following pages. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible
to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU GE Breadth.
C. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements as listed on the following pages.
Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of either B or C will be specific to both the major or area of emphasis and the 4-year institution to which the student will transfer.
2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis--a minimum of 18 units. (See the Majors or Areas of Emphasis on the following pages. See a GWC Counselor for appropriate
3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.
General Education Requirements
Note: One course may not be used to satisfy more than one general education requirement; however, the same course may be used to satisfy a general education and a major or area of emphasis requirement.
Honor course credit limitation: Duplicate credit will not be awarded for both the honors and regular versions of a course.
Area A Communication in the English Language and Critical Thinking
Completion of 3 units from each group.
Group 1 Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate spoken communication skills that are appropriate to the audience, context, and goal of the communication situation.
Courses: Communication Studies G100, G108, G110 (or G110H), G112
Group 2 Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate the ability to write clear, well-organized papers using documentation and research when appropriate.
Courses: English G100 (or G100H) with a grade of “C” or better.
Group 3 Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate the critical thinking skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
Courses: Business Communication G139, Communication Studies G220, English G110 (or G110H), or Philosophy G115
Area B Physical Universe and Its Life Forms
Completion of 3 units in Group 1 and satisfy Group 2.
Group 1 Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate a strong factual framework of knowledge about the natural world and be able to use critical thinking skills to build
on that framework; incorporate new observations and use a variety of experimental and analytical techniques, as well as data collection and display methods, to construct
Courses: Anthropology G185, G185L; Astronomy G100, G100L; Biology G100 (or G100H), G104, G104L, G110, G120, G180, G182, G183, G210, G220, G221,
G225; Chemistry G110, G130, G180, G185, G220, G225; Geography G180; Geology G105, G106, G110; Physical Science G100 (or G100H); Physics G110, G111,
G120, G185; Psychology G250
Group 2 Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate the ability to perform basic computations and to successfully apply both critical thinking skills and problem solv-
ing skills to practical problems using algebraic methodologies.
Courses: Mathematics competency – Must satisfy one of the following:
1. A Mathematics competency test placement recommendation of Liberal Arts Mathematics (Math G100), or higher math course.
2. Completion of Intermediate Algebra in high school with a grade of “C” or better.
3. Completion of one college course in mathematics: G030, G100, G103, G104, G115, G120, G140, G155, G160, G170, G180, G185, G235, G280, G282, G285
with a grade of “C” or better.
Area C Arts, Literature, Philosophy, and Languages other than English
Completion of 3 units
Area C Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an ability to understand, evaluate, interpret, and appreciate human creations in philosophy, visual, performing and/
or linguistic arts.
Courses: Art G100, G104, G105 (or G105H), G106 (or G106H), G107, G109, G116, G118, G120, G121, G125, G130, G132, G140, G141, G142, G144, G150,
G152, G160; Chinese G180, G185, G280; Communication Studies G255; Dance G100, G110, G120, G125; English G110 (or G110H), G112, G114 (or G114H),
G143, G150, G155, G156, G160 (or G160H), G161 (or G161H), G181 (or G181H), G270, G275, G280, G281; Farsi G180, G185; French G180, G185, G280,
G285; Humanities G100 (or G100H), G101, G102, G103, G104, G108, G110 (or G110H), G120 (or G120H), G122, G126, G130, G132, G135, G137, G139, G143;
Journalism G180; Music G101 (or G101H), G103, G104, G105, G106, G108, G109, G110, G115, G120, G121, G122, G126, G132, G139, G141, G142, G143, G145,
G146, G147, G150, G165, G209, G210; Philosophy G100, G102, G110, G111, G120, G150; Photography G115, G120, G151, G158, G190; Political Science G150;
Portuguese G180; Sign G180, G185, G280, G285; Spanish G160, G165, G180 (or G180H), G185 (or G185H), G280, G285; Theater Arts G100, G101, G102, G104,
G106, G108, G120, G142, G146, G151, G160, G161, G171, G172, G175, G176, G177, G178, G210; Vietnamese G180, G185, G280, G285
Area D Social, Political, and Economic Institutions
Completion of 3 units
Area D Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an ability to comprehend and evaluate cultural, social, political, and economic institutions from various perspec-
Courses: Anthropology G100, G130, G136, G140, G150; Communication Studies G190, G225, G255; Criminal Justice G115, G123, G140, G141, G150;
Economics G110, G120, G170, G175; Education G180; Environmental Studies G100; Geography G100, G185, G195; History G110, G120, G121, G132, G135,
G136, G150, G161, G162, G170, G175, G180 (or G180H), G185 (or G185H); Peace Studies G100, G110, G225; Political Science G100, G101, G110, G120 (or
G120H), G121 (or G121H), G130, G180 (or G180H), G185; Psychology G100, G116, G118, G165, G255; Social Science G133, G134, G135, G136; Sociology G100
(or G100H), G110, G133, G134, G185
Area E Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development
Completion of 3 units
Area E Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an ability to self- assess progress and development in a specific area and to further design and pursue a course of
action based on the self-assessment.
Courses: Accounting G100; Automotive Technology G101; Business G121; College G100, G151; Communication Studies G255; Counseling G100, G103, G104,
G199; Criminal Justice G107, G130; Dance G100, G105, G106, G110, G112, G115, G120, G125, G130, G135, G136, G145, G150, G155, G160, G200, G215, G220,
G225, G230, G235, G240, G245, G250, G260, G270; Ecology G100; Health Education G100, G107, G111, G112, G135; Marketing G121; Physical Education
G103, G105, G106, G107, G108, G109, G110, G111, G114, G130, G132, G134, G136, G137, G139, G149, G150, G158, G159, G164, G166, G167, G168, G169,
PROGRAMSG172, G173, G176, G178, G180, G181, G186, G189, G192, G194, G195, G196, G201, G202, G203, G204, G207, G209, G240, G244, G246, G250, G252,
G256, G258, G260, G272, G273, G274, G275, G277, G278, G280, G283, G285, G286, G287, G288, G290, G298; Psychology G110, G118, G165, G250
Students must file a graduation petition with the Admissions and Records Office to obtain the degree.
These AA Degree Requirements apply to students entering Fall, 2008 or later. Students who enrolled prior to Fall 2008 and who have maintained continuous attendance at Golden West College, have Catalog Rights and therefore have the option of completing their AA Degree under the former degree requirements.
All Golden West Courses numbered between G001-G299 are counted toward the 60 units required, except for the following which includes basic skills, non-credit
and remedial courses: College G050, G090; Communication Studies G091; English G037, G042, G098, G099; ESL G011, G012, G013,G021, G022, G023, G031,G032, G033, G041, G042, G043, G051, G052, G053, G061, G062, G063, G071, G073, G091; English Reading & Writing Center G001, G002, G003, G011, G012,G013, G014, G015, G020, G021, G022, G023, G024, G025, G030, G031, G032, G034, G035; ESL Writing Center G011, G025, G026, G044, G054, G056; Health Education G851, G852; Learning Skills G005, G921, G922, G927, G928; Mathematics G005, G008, G010; Nursing G091; Theater 821