Areas of Study

Types of Programs

An Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer (AA-T) is designed for students planning to transfer to a CSU in a similar major

  • Provides guaranteed admissions to the CSU system but not to a particular campus or major
  • Requires a minimum of 60 units, including 37-39 units of transfer general education courses (IGETC or CSU GE Patterns)
  • Consult a COS counselor for assistance selecting transferable elective courses

An Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T) is designed for students planning to transfer to a CSU in a similar major

  • Provides guaranteed admissions to the CSU system but not to a particular campus or major
  • Requires a minimum of 60 units, including 37-39 units of transfer general education courses (IGETC or CSU GE Patterns)
  • Consult a COS counselor for assistance selecting transferable elective courses

An Associate of Arts Degree for Transfer (AAT) is designed for transfer to many baccalaureate institutions

  • Course requirements vary between colleges and universities. Students are encouraged to consult ASSIST.org and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection
  • Requires a minimum of 60 units, including 37-39 units of transfer general education courses (IGETC or CSU GE Patterns)

An Associate of Science Degree for Transfer (AST) is designed for transfer to many baccalaureate institutions

  • Course requirements vary between colleges and universities. Students are encouraged to consult ASSIST.org and a COS counselor for program planning and course selection.
  • Requires a minimum of 60 units, including 37-39 units of transfer general education courses (IGETC or CSU GE Patterns)

An Associate of Arts Degree Not for Transfer (AA) is designed to prepare students for employment

  • This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and may apply to other degrees designed for transfer
  • Requires a minimum of 60 units, including 19 units of associate degree general education courses as well as subject and competency requirements for a total of 25 units

An Associate of Science Degree Not for Transfer (AS) is designed to prepare students for employment

  • This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and may apply to other degrees designed for transfer
  • Requires a minimum of 60 units, including 19 units of associate degree general education courses as well as subject and competency requirements for a total of 25 units

A Certificate of Achievement prepares students for high level of competency for work in a business or industry

  • Requires a minimum of 18* units in the vocational area and does not require general education courses

A Skill Certificate prepares students for entry-level employment opportunities in a business or industry

  • Requires 17.5 or fewer units in a vocational area and does not require general education courses
  • Skill Certificate may not qualify for financial aid eligibility and are not listed on the student's official transcript in accordance with State and Federal regulations.  
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Certificates of Achievement may have a total unit count of only 12-17.5 units, if approved by the California Community College Chancellor’s Office.