Graduation Requirements

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If you are seeking an Associate Degree, or a Certificate of Achievement or Specialization, you may submit a petition for graduation at the beginning of the last semester in which you will be completing the requirements for graduation or after your program of study is completed. Graduation Petitions for the Associate Degree and Certificates of Achievement or Specialization are only available in-person at the Records Counter in the Administration Building during the Graduation Filing periods.

Diplomas will be mailed to the mailing address on file with golden west college. Your address may be updated by logging on to MYGWC.COM Or by filing a change of address form at The Enrollment Center.

NOTE: Applications received outside of the filing period will be discarded.  They will not be held.

APPLICATION FILING PERIODS

Semester Application period begins Deadline to submit an application
FALL September 1 November 1
SPRING February 1 April 1
SUMMER July 1 August 1
ASSOCIATE DEGREE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

All students attempting to earn an Associate’s Degree must meet one of the three general education patterns as well as meet requirements for a Major or Area of Emphasis offered at Golden West College.  Residency unit requirements as well as GPA requirements are listed below.

OPTION 1 - Career Focus
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 classes.)

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 this understanding.
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-solving 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 StudiesG255; 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 ArtsG100, 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 perspectives.
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; HistoryG110, 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; PsychologyG100, 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; BusinessG121; 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,
G172, 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

Notes

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 2008and 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

OPTION 2 - CSU Breadth Requirements
GWC CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT IN CSU GENERAL EDUCATION BREADTH

This Certificate of Achievement is designed for students who intend to transfer to a California State University campus.

Students who complete this certificate will meet all lower division general education requirements for CSU.

Students must complete a minimum of 9 additional upper division general education units after transfer. Courses on this list are approved for a specific academic year. A course can be used only if it is on the list when it is taken. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of this list at the time of publication; however, additions or deletions sometimes occur during the year. Students are encouraged to see a GWC counselor and check the ASSIST website (www.assist.org) regularly for the most current information about approved courses. ASSIST is the official repository of course articulation for California’s public colleges and universities.

To receive this certificate, a minimum of 12 residency units must be completed at GWC.

Students must complete a minimum of 39 units of coursework from Areas A through E including the specific requirements listed for each Area. A grade of “C” or better is required for all courses in Area A, the mathematics course in Area B4 and at least 30 of the units completed in Areas A through E. Grades of “credit/pass” can be used if equivalent to a “C” grade. One course may not be used to satisfy more than one general education requirement.

Note: Honors course credit limitation – Duplicate credit will not be awarded for both the honors and regular versions of a course. Credit will only be awarded for the first course completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Note: Students who are awarded this Certificate of Achievement must also request CSU GE Breadth certification at the Admissions and Records Office when sending their final transcript to the four-year school.

Note: This list was current at the time of printing. See a GWC counselor for the most up to date transfer information.

Download the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth 2014 – 2015 [PDF]

OPTION 3 - IGETC (Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum) Requirements
GWC CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT IN IGETC

This Certificate of Achievement in the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum is designed for students who intend to transfer to the University of California or the California State University, or who are unsure if they will transfer to UC or CSU.

Students who complete this certificate will meet all lower division general education requirements for UC or CSU.

Students transferring to CSU must complete a minimum of 9 additional upper division general education units after transfer. The IGETC may not be appropriate for some programs or high unit majors. Students should consult a GWC counselor to make sure this is their best option. Courses on this list are approved for a specific academic year. A course can be used only if it is on the list when it is taken. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of this list at the time of publication; however, additions or deletions sometimes occur during the year. Students are encouraged to see a GWC counselor and check the ASSIST website (www.assist.org) regularly for the most current information about approved general education courses. ASSIST is the official repository of course articulation for California’s public colleges and universities.

To receive this certificate, a minimum of 12 residency units must be completed at GWC.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses. Grades of “credit/pass” can be used if equivalent to a “C” grade. One course may not be used to satisfy more than one general education requirement.

Note: Honors course credit limitation – Duplicate credit will not be awarded for both the honors and regular versions of a course. Credit will only be awarded for the first course
completed with a grade of “C” or better

NOTE: Students who are awarded this Certificate of Achievement must also request IGETC certification at the Admissions and Records Office when sending their final transcript to the four-year school.

Download the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC (UC or CSU) 2014 -2015 Checklist [PDF]

Note: This list was current at the time of printing. See a GWC counselor for the most up to date transfer information

Majors/Areas of Emphasis
Golden West College Majors and Area of Emphasis

Major or Area of Emphasis Student Learning Outcome: Demonstrate skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of aptitude or study.

Major or Area of Emphasis Requirements: Minimum of 18 units of study with all coursework for the Major or Area of Emphasis completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Major or Area of Emphasis Courses: See a GWC counselor for Major preparation courses for transfer to four-year university, or click on an area below for a listing of required courses for each Major or Area of Emphasis.

Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T) or (AS-T): Admission to a California State University (CSU) is guaranteed to any community college student who successfully completes an Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) or an Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T) These degrees are indented for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Admission is guaranteed to the CSU system, but not to a particular CSU campus or major. Please see a GWC counselor to develop an educational plan to meet requirements for a particular campus.

Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) Majors

** IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS WHO BEGAN THEIR STUDIES AT GWC BEFORE FALL 2008**

If you began your studies at GWC before FALL 2008 and have maintained continuous enrollment (completion of at least one college course per catalog year), you may be able to graduate under the old requirements. If you are unclear about when you started at Golden West College and could possibly follow the old requirements, please speak with a GWC counselor.

Graduation requirements for the associate degree prior to fall 2008

Associate in arts for transfer (AA-T) or associate in science transfer (AS-T)

Fall AA-T and AS-T applicants: Please submit your application no later than September 16th in order to obtain your AA-T/AS-T verification before the deadline.

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major).

This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system.  Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

What does this mean to GWC students?

  • By following this degree pattern, you will complete the general education requirements for the CSU General Education Breadth Requirements.
  • You will be CSU GE Certified – This will appear on your official GWC transcript.
  • You will complete the requirements for a Certificate of Achievement from GWC for the CSU General Education Breadth Requirements.
  • You will be ready to apply to the CSU (California State University).
  • You will have completed the Major Preparatory Requirements for your degree program.

Students who complete the requirements for an AA-T or AS-T are guaranteed:

  • Junior standing at the CSU
  • Priority admission consideration over all other transfer students when applying to a CSU Baccalaureate (BA/BS) degree program that has been deemed similar to the student’s community college area of emphasis.
  • The transfer associate degree student will only be required to complete 60 additional prescribed units to qualify for the similar BA/BS degree.

AA-T / AS-T GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better.
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education Breadth pattern (CSU GE Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.

Click here for the full list of AA-T and AS-T Degrees

Additional majors are being developed. Please see a counselor for more information.

More information regarding Associate Degrees for Transfer can be found at the following websites:

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
http://www.sb1440.org/

The California State University:
http://www.calstate.edu/transfer/degrees/AAAS-TDegreeRequirements.shtml

COURSEWORK FROM OTHER COLLEGES:

All official transcripts of previous college coursework must be on file in the Office of Admissions and Records before applying for a degree or certificate.  GWC students DO NOT need to submit official transcripts from OCC or CCC in order to use those credits to graduate.

COURSE SUBSTITUTIONS

Students intending to use coursework from other colleges to fulfill career certificate requirements must file a Course Substitution Form [PDF] for each department or area of study.  Coursework to be used for specific degree or area of emphasis requirements that cannot be articulated may require a student to submit a Course Substitution Form:  These instances will be handled on a case by case basis.

Course Substitution Forms must be complete with Instructor’s signature and a signature from either the chair or Dean of the department being petitioned.  Completed forms must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Records prior to submitting an application for graduation. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.

The Course Substitution Form MAY NOT be used for courses being used toward an AA-T or AS-T.  Students attempting to fulfill AA-T/AS-T requirements with coursework from other colleges or institutions must speak with a counselor for evaluation.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY

The commencement ceremony is held annually during the last part of May. All students who have petitioned for graduation during that academic year may participate in the ceremony.

Graduation Ceremony Information

The ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in the central quad area and will last approximately 2 hours. Parking will be FREE.

Graduation is held in cap and gown. These can be purchased in the Bookstore. Caps and gowns from previous graduations CANNOT be worn. Caps and gowns, class rings, and graduation announcements will be available beginning May 2nd. The last day to pick up your cap and gown is on graduation day at 12:00 p.m.

For special sized gowns and questions please contact Brian Morris by phone at (714) 895-8377 no later than May 13th.

Please fill out the Photography release form at the Bookstore while ordering your cap and gown in order to see photo proofs.

You will receive a diploma holder as your name is being announced at the ceremony. The holder is suitable for holding and displaying your diploma. Diploma holders are only given out to those that attend the ceremony.

Graduation Day Timeline
1:00pm Graduation rehearsal is held in the central quad
4:30pm Graduates check-in: Processional formation begins
5:30pm Processional begins

If you have questions about your graduation application you may contact the Graduation Clerk, Jenny Tran at ytran@gwc.cccd.edu    

DUPLICATE DIPLOMA

If you’ve already graduated from Golden West College and you would like to order a duplicate copy of your diploma or certificate of achievement, please submit a Duplicate Diploma Request Form.  There is a $20 charge for a duplicate diploma which may be paid by VISA, MASTERCARD, check or money order.  Do not send cash in with your request.

NEED A FORM?

All Applications for graduation, Course Substitution forms and Duplicate Diploma Requests should be addressed to:

Golden West College
Admissions and Records Office
15744 Goldenwest St.
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

If you have questions about your graduation application you may contact the Graduation Clerk, Jenny Tran at ytran@gwc.cccd.edu