Associate Degree Requirements

For a COS GE Pattern worksheet, go to the COS General Ed Pattern tab on the COS Graduation and Major Requirements webpage. 

Definition of Associate Degrees

Students at College of the Sequoias who complete the appropriate requirements may earn either an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree. Both degrees represent significant levels of achievement and may be used by students who plan to start their career immediately after graduating or, with proper planning and course selection, by those who plan to transfer to a four-year university.

  • Associate of Arts (AA) degree is granted to students majoring in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and similar areas.
  • Associate of Science (AS) degree is granted to students majoring in agriculture, engineering, technology, the sciences, and related programs.
  • Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a California State University campus majoring in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and similar areas (see Transfer Information and Requirements section of catalog for additional information).
  • Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree is designed for students planning to transfer to a California State University campus majoring in agriculture, engineering, technology, the sciences, and related programs (see Transfer Information and Requirements section of catalog for additional information).

General Education Philosophy for the Associate Degree

General education breadth requirements emphasize democratic concepts based on the value and dignity of each individual, thus helping students prepare to undertake the responsibilities of citizenship and to participate knowledgeably in the varied experiences of life.

Major requirements educate students in the area of specialization; breadth requirements help them develop the capacity for independent judgment. The general education breadth requirements are of vital importance in the personal, social, and vocational/professional life of each student.

In personal development, breadth requirements help students develop self-awareness, thus increasing understanding of personal potential and limitations.

In social relationships and in the life of society, breadth requirements help students communicate more effectively, better understand others, and develop awareness of societal relationships.

In professional development, breadth requirements help students become more effective in the workplace through more effective communication through a better understanding of the relationship between the job at hand and the larger world.

General education breadth requirements:

  1. Expose students to the major disciplines of accumulated knowledge;
  2. Stimulate curiosity about their surroundings;
  3. Help students evaluate alternatives so that personal values can be formed;
  4. Develop effective communication skills;
  5. Gain a sense of self worth;
  6. Learn to make rational decisions based on the utilization of problem-solving techniques; and
  7. Question simple solutions of complex problems; and if appropriate, seek alternatives.

Requirements for Associate of Arts & Associate of Science Degrees

  1. Units, Residency, and Scholarship Requirements: A minimum of 60 units of college-level courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average. These 60 units include general education, major, and elective courses.
  2. Major Requirements: Completion of all courses required for the desired major with grade of "C" or better in each course
  3. General Education Requirements: A minimum of 16 units of general education defined in Areas A-D below.  All courses require a grade of  "C" or better. The additional 3 units required by Title 5 will be met with the health and wellness subject requirement. Note: completion of the CSU GE or IGETC transfer general education requirements or general education requirements at any regionally accredited university will fulfill the COS general education, subject, and competency requirements.
  4. Subject Requirements (8 units):
    1. Two units of Dance, Intercollegiate Athletics, or Physical Education activity courses with a grade of "C" or better. Exemptions will be granted to veterans with an approved DD214, students who have completed a police or fire academy, students earning a degree in Registered Nursing or Physical Therapy Assistant, and students with medical exemptions from qualified doctors.
    2. Three units of Health and Wellness: Completion of HW 001 or HW 007 or an equivalent college course at a regionally accredited college with a grade of "C" or better. Exemptions will be granted to veterans with an approved DD214; the four units granted by the college for the approved DD214 will be used to meet the minimum units required by Title 5. Exemptions will be granted to students earning a degree in Registered Nursing or Physical Therapy Assistant; however, as an alternative, they must complete one of the following: PSY 001, SOC 001, or NURS 106.
    3. Three units of American Institutions: Completion of HIST 017*, HIST 018*, or  POLS 005**, or an equivalent course at an accredited college with a grade of "C" or better.
  5. Competency Requirements: Students must establish competency in each of the following areas:
    1. Writing and Reading:
      ENGL 001 or an equivalent course at a regionally accredited college with a grade of "C" or better.
    2. Mathematics:
      1. MATH 230 or a more advanced math course at COS, or an equivalent course at a regionally accredited college with a grade of "C" or better; or
      2. Eligibility for MATH 010, MATH 021, MATH 070,MATH 065, MATH 154, BUS 020, BUS 119, SSCI 025 based on COS Placement Procedures. Eligibility based on Assessment and Placement testing must be established on students' initial placement (retesting not permitted). Students with a substandard grade in MATH 230 or a more advanced math course at COS, or an equivalent course at a regionally accredited college may not use this option, unless the eligibility was established before enrollment in the course in which the substandard grade was earned.
    3. Information Competency: (1 unit if not met with Information Competency Examination)
      1. LIBR 101, LIBR 102, or LIBR 103, or an equivalent college course at a regionally accredited college with a grade of "C" or better; or
      2. Pass Information Competency Exam with a successful score of 75% or better (enroll in LIBR 490AB to take the exam). Students will be allowed two attempts (only once per semester). If the exam is not passed after two attempts, students will be required to complete one of the LIBR courses listed above.
      3. Exemptions will be granted to students earning a degree in Registered Nursing or Physical Therapy Assistant.
  6. Exemptions for High Unit Transfer Majors
    1. Completion of the CSU-GE, IGETC or general education requirements at any regionally accredited university will fulfill the COS general education, subject and competency requirement. Students who have met the minimum admissions requirements for transferring to a UC or CSU campus in a major, such as Science or Engineering, where completion of the CSU GE or IGETC is not recommended, due to excessive units, will be granted an Associate degree (University Studies, Engineering, Math and Science) with the completion of the COS Associate Degree General Education requirements instead of the CSU GE or IGETC. The information competency, physical education, and health and wellness requirements will be waived and the additional 3 units required per Title 5 will be met with numerous additional science and math courses required for these majors.

COS General Education Requirements

Area A1: Written Communication

Complete 4 units minimum. Courses must be completed with a "C" or better.

College Reading & Composition

Area A2: Oral Communication/Analytic Thinking

Complete 3 units minimum. Courses must be completed with a "C" or better.

Constitutional Law
Business Statistics
Public Speaking for Business
Quantitative Methods
Fundamentals/Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Argumentation and Debate
Persuasion
Group Communication
Computer Concepts
Programming Fundamentals
Logic and Composition
Mass Communication *
Structure and Concepts 1
Introduction to Statistics
Precalculus
Calculus 1
Trigonometry
Introductory Logic
Critical Thinking
Statistics - Social Sciences
*

JOUR 007 can be counted in ONE AREA ONLY (A2 or D)

Area B: Natural Science

Complete 3 units minimum. Courses must be completed with a "C" or better.

Environmental Conservation
Economic Entomology
Soil Science
Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Astronomy
Principles of Biology 1
Frontiers in Biology
Plant Biology
Animal Biology
Human Ecology
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
General Microbiology
General Chemistry 1
Intro to General Chemistry
Physical Geography
Physical Geology
Earth History
Environmental Geology
Elementary Meteorology
Nutrition
General Physics 1
Physics 1: Mechanics & Waves
Intro to Plant Science
Physical Science

Area C: Humanities

Complete 3 units minimum. Courses must be completed with a "C" or better.

Criminal Justice Ethics
Architectural Design 1
Visual Communication 1
Architecture History 1
Architecture History 2
Art Appreciation
Art History/Ancient-Gothic
Art History/Gothic-Modern
Precol Art &Cult/Americas-Meso
Precol Art&Cult/Americas-S.Ame
Color and Design
Advanced Color and Design
Drawing Fundamentals
Beginning Sculpture
Beg Amer Sign Lang
Elem Amer Sign Lang
Inter Amer Sign Lang
Advanced Amer Sign Lang
Ethics in Business & Industry
Film Appreciation-American
Film Apprec-International
Intro to the Theatre
Fundamentals of Acting 1
Fundamentals of Acting 2
Shakespeare
Composition and Literature
Chicano Literature
Survey of British Lit 1
Survey of British Lit 2
African American Literature
Women in Literature
American Literature 1
American Literature 2
World Literature 1
World Literature 2
Shakespeare
Black American Studies *
American Indian Studies *
Mexican-American Studies *
Asian American Studies *
American Ethnic Origins *
Western Civilization to 1648
West Civilization Since 1648
People of the US to 1877 **
People of the US from 1865 **
Mexican American
World History to 1500
Introduction to Language
Music Fundamentals
Music Appreciation
Music Appreciation/Jazz
Music of the World
History of Rock & Roll
Floral Design
Introductory Philosophy
Ethics
Comparative Religion
Intro to the Old Testament
Intro to the New Testament
Beginning Portuguese
Elementary Portuguese
Beginning Spanish
Elementary Spanish
Intermediate Spanish
Advanced Spanish
Hispanic Literature
SPAN 2 for Spanish Speakers
Span 3 for Spanish Speakers
Metal Sculpture
*

ETHN 001, ETHN 002, ETHN 003, ETHN 004, and ETHN 005 can be counted in ONE AREA ONLY (C or D).

**

HIST 017 and HIST 018 can be counted in either AREA C or the America Institution Subject Requirement.

Area D: Social/Behavioral Science

Complete 3 units minimum. Courses must be completed with a "C" or better.

Agriculture Economics
Intro to Criminal Justice
Terrorism and Freedom
Juvenile Delinquency
Cultural Anthropology
Archaeology
Lifespan Development
Human Relations in Business
Child Development-DS 1
Child, Family & Society-DS2
Intercultural Communication
Introduction to Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Black American Studies *
American Indian Studies *
Mexican-American Studies *
Asian American Studies *
American Ethnic Origins *
World Regional Geography
Intro to Social Welfare
Intro of Human Services
Mass Communication **
Cultural Issues in Film/TV/Web
Cultural Foods
Federal, State and Local Govt ***
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Social Media, Tech & Politics
General Psychology
Social Psychology
Human Sexuality
Abnormal Psychology
Personal and Social Growth
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Sociology of Gender
Marriage and Family Life
Sociology of Deviance
*

ETHN 001, ETHN 002, ETHN 003, ETHN 004, and ETHN 005 can be counted in ONE AREA ONLY (C or D).

**

JOUR 007 can be counted in ONE AREA ONLY (A2 or D)

***

HIST 017 and HIST 018 can be counted in either AREA C or the America Institution Subject Requirement.

Multiple Degrees

  1. Students can apply for multiple degrees during the degree filing period.
  2. All degrees are subject to appropriate catalog rights.
  3. There will be a monetary charge for each degree awarded.
  4. Notations of all degrees earned and majors completed will appear on students’ transcripts.
  5. A receipt from the cashier for each diploma must accompany the application for a degree.

Graduation Application

An Application to Graduate must be filed by each student who wishes to receive an Associate degree. Students must have a graduation checklist completed by a counselor prior to submitting their application.

The completed application must be returned to the Admissions Office prior to the deadlines published in the college calendar, which can be found in the Schedule of Classes, College Catalog, and Student Bulletin.

Beginning with the 1991-92 catalog year, courses numbered 300 and above will not be Associate Degree applicable regardless of your establishing catalog rights prior to the 1991-92 catalog year.