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2020-2021 Associate Degree Requirements

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

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 general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
AREA A: English Language
Communication and Analytical Thinking (6 units minimum. Minimum of 3 semester units in each category)
Composition with a grade of C or better
ENGL G100Freshman Composition4
ENGL G100SFreshman Composition with Support6
Communication and Analytical Thinking
BUS G139Business Communication3
COMM G100Interpersonal Communication3
COMM G110Public Speaking3
COMM G112Small Group Dynamics3
COMM G220Essentials Of Argumentation3
CS G262Discrete Structures3
ECON G105Consumer and Financial Math3
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature4
MATH G030Intermediate Algebra4
MATH G040Accelerated Elementary and Intermediate Algebra5
MATH G080Pre-Statistics5
MATH G100Liberal Arts Mathematics3
MATH G103Statistics For Elementary Teachers3
MATH G104Mathematics For Elementary Teachers3
MATH G115College Algebra4
MATH G120Trigonometry3
MATH G140Business Calculus4
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
MATH G170Precalculus5
MATH G180Calculus I5
MATH G185Calculus 25
MATH G235Applied Linear Algebra4
MATH G280Calculus 35
MATH G282Ordinary Differential Equations4
MATH G285Introduction to Linear Algebra and Differential Equations5
PHIL G115Logic and Critical Thinking3
PHIL G125Critical Reasoning and Writing3
PSYC G130Critical Thinking in Psychology3
PSYC G140Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences4
AREA B: Natural sciences
Minimum of 3 semester units
ANTH G185Physical Anthropology3
ANTH G185LPhysical Anthropology Lab1
ASTR G100Introduction to Astronomy3
ASTR G100LIntroduction to Astronomy Lab1
BIOL G100Introduction To Biology4
BIOL G101The Biology of Food and Cooking3
BIOL G104Marine Life3
BIOL G104LMarine Life Laboratory1
BIOL G110Ecology And Field Biology3
BIOL G120Health and Disease3
BIOL G180Cell and Molecular Biology5
BIOL G182Zoology4
BIOL G183Botany4
BIOL G186Diversity of Organisms5
BIOL G210General Microbiology5
BIOL G220Human Anatomy4
BIOL G221Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL G225Human Physiology4
CHEM G110Introduction To Chemistry5
CHEM G130Preparation for General Chemistry4
CHEM G180General Chemistry A5
CHEM G185General Chemistry B5
CHEM G220Organic Chemistry A5
CHEM G225Organic Chemistry B5
GEOG G180Introduction To Geography: Physical Geography3
GEOG G180LPhysical Geography Laboratory1
GEOL G105General Geology3
GEOL G106Earth Science For Teachers4
GEOL G110Physical Geology4
GEOL G120Historical Geology4
PHSC G100Introductory Physical Science4
PHYS G110Conceptual Physics3
PHYS G111Conceptual Physics Lab1
PHYS G120Algebra Based Physics: Mechanics4
PHYS G185Calculus Based Physics: Mechanics4
PSYC C250Psychobiology3
AREA C: Arts and Humanities
Minimum of 3 semester units
ART G100Introduction to Art3
ART G103History of Asian Art *3
ART G104Modern and Contemporary Art History *3
ART G105Art History and Appreciation 1 - Prehistoric to Renaissance *3
ART G106Art History and Appreciation 2 - Renaissance to Present *3
ART G107Color and Design: 2D3
ART G108Color Theory3
ART G109Color and Design: 3D3
ART G116Drawing 13
ART G118Life Drawing 13
ART G121Ceramics 13
ART G127Art of the Ancient Americas *3
ART G130Painting 13
ART G140Life Painting 13
ART G142Sculpture 13
ART G145Art Gallery Exhibition and Portfolio Design3
ART G150Printmaking 13
ART G158History and Aesthetics of Photography3
COMM G180Introduction to Mass Communication3
COMM G255Intercultural Communication *3
DANC G100Modern Dance 1 - Beginning2
DANC G101Viewing Dance *3
DANC G120Ballet 1 - Beginning2
DANC G125Jazz Dance 1 - Beginning2
ENGL G110Critical Thinking, Reading And Writing Through Literature4
ENGL G112Appreciation Of Literature3
ENGL G114Great Myths And Legends *3
ENGL G143Children's Literature *3
ENGL G150American Literature through the Civil War (1865) *3
ENGL G155American Literature 1865 To The Present *3
ENGL G160Masterpieces of World Literature I (From Antiquity to the Mid-17th Century) *3
ENGL G161Masterpieces of World Literature II (From the Mid-17th Century to the Present) *3
ENGL G181Shakespeare3
ENGL G270British Literature to 1800 *3
ENGL G275British Literature Since 1800 *3
ENGL G280Creative Writing3
ENGL G281Creative Writing: Prose3
HIST G110Economic History Of The United States3
HIST G120Asian Civilizations *3
HIST G121History of American Women *3
HIST G132History Of Britain And Ireland I *3
HIST G135History of Britain and Ireland II *3
HIST G140California History3
HIST G150History of Latin America *3
HIST G161World History 1 *3
HIST G162World History 2 *3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 18763
HIST G175History of the United States Since 18763
HIST G180Western Civilization 1 *3
HIST G185Western Civilization 2 *3
MUS G101History & Appreciation Of Music3
or MUS G101H History & Appreciation Of Music, Honors
MUS G103World Music *3
MUS G105Beginning Guitar I1
MUS G106Beginning Guitar II1
MUS G108History & Appreciation Of The Musical Theater3
MUS G109Symphonic Band1
MUS G110Golden West Symphonic Band2
MUS G115Basic Music3
MUS G120Master Chorale1
MUS G121College Choir1
MUS G122Chamber Choir1
MUS G127Wind Band Skills 11
MUS G128Wind Band Skills 21
MUS G139History Of Rock Music3
MUS G141Piano 11
MUS G142Beginning Piano II1
MUS G143History of Jazz *3
MUS G145Basic Voice2
MUS G146Intermediate Voice2
MUS G147Advanced Voice2
MUS G150Voice for Musical Theater 12
MUS G165History & Literature Of Music3
MUS G209Symphonic Band, Advanced Skills2
MUS G261Wind Symphony2
PHIL G100Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL G102History of Ancient Philosophy *3
PHIL G110Philosophy Of The East *3
PHIL G111Philosophy of Religion - Western *3
PHIL G120Ethics3
PHIL G150Political Philosophy *3
PHOT G120Darkroom Photography 13
PHOT G190Digital Photography 13
PSCI G150Political Philosophy3
SIGN G180American Sign Language 14
SIGN G185American Sign Language 24
SIGN G200Deaf Culture *3
SIGN G280American Sign Language 34
SIGN G285American Sign Language 44
SPAN G160Spanish for Spanish Speakers 14
SPAN G165Spanish for Spanish Speakers 25
SPAN G180Elementary Spanish 15
SPAN G185Elementary Spanish 25
SPAN G280Intermediate Spanish 14
SPAN G285Intermediate Spanish 24
THEA G100Introduction to the Theater3
THEA G102History And Appreciation Of The Cinema3
THEA G106Acting - Fundamentals3
THEA G108History and Appreciation of the Musical Theater3
THEA G111Theater History and Literature - Classical to 18003
THEA G112Theater History and Literature - 1800 to Modern3
THEA G115Theater Practicum 1 - Performance1,2
THEA G119Improvisation for Theater, Film, and Television3
THEA G120Appreciation of the Theater3
THEA G125Play Performance 11,2
THEA G135Classical Play Performance 11,2
THEA G146Voice for Musical Theater 12
THEA G160Introduction To Stage Direction3
THEA G161Stage Management3
THEA G166Stagecraft3
THEA G174Scenic Painting3
THEA G175Stage Scenery3
THEA G176Stage Lighting3
THEA G177Make-Up3
THEA G178Introduction to Stage Costume3
THEA G188Stage Movement 13
THEA G210Musical Theater Performance 12
VIET G180Elementary Vietnamese 15
VIET G185Elementary Vietnamese 25
VIET G280Intermediate Vietnamese 14
VIET G285Intermediate Vietnamese 24
AREA D: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Minimum of 3 semester units
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology *3
ANTH G130Introduction To Archaeology *3
ANTH G140Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion *3
ANTH G150Native Peoples of North America *3
ANTH G190Introduction to Linguistics *3
ANTH G200Gender, Culture, and Society *3
COMM G225Negotiation and Mediation3
COMM G255Intercultural Communication *3
COMM G265Gender Communication *3
CJ G123Juvenile Law3
CJ G140Introduction To Criminal Justice3
CJ G141Concepts of Criminal Law3
CJ G150Introduction To Corrections3
DM G130History of Electronic Media3
ECON G110Contemporary Economic Issues and Problems3
ECON G170Principles of Micro Economics3
ECON G175Principles of Macro Economics *3
GEOG G100World Regional Geography *3
GEOG G185Human Geography3
HIST G110Economic History Of The United States3
HIST G120Asian Civilizations *3
HIST G121History of American Women *3
HIST G132History Of Britain And Ireland I *3
HIST G135History of Britain and Ireland II *3
HIST G140California History3
HIST G150History of Latin America *3
HIST G161World History 1 *3
HIST G162World History 2 *3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 18763
HIST G175History of the United States Since 18763
HIST G180Western Civilization 1 *3
HIST G185Western Civilization 2 *3
PEAC G100Peace Studies Intro3
PEAC G110Nonviolence and Conflict Resoulution3
PSCI G100Introduction To Political Science3
PSCI G101Survey Of Current Issues *3
PSCI G105Introduction to Global Studies3
PSCI G110International Relations3
PSCI G130Law In American Society3
PSCI G180American Government3
PSCI G185Comparative Politics *3
PSCI G205Global Issues *3
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
PSYC G116Child Growth and Development3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC G165Principles of Human Sexuality 13
PSYC G255Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC G260Social Psychology *3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology *3
SOC G110Introduction To Marriage And The Family *3
SOC G111Introduction to Social Justice *3
SOC G133Racial And Ethnic Relations In America *3
SOC G134Introduction To Chicano Studies *3
SOC G160Sociology of Criminology3
SOC G185Analysis of Social Problems *3
AREA E: Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development
Completion of 3 units from coursework below, or select another 3 units from Areas A-D above
ACCT G100Introduction to Accounting3
ATHL G100-G299
AUTO G101Introduction to Automotive Technology3
BUS G100Introduction To Business3
BUS G101The Mindset of Business Success3
BUS G121Personal Finance3
BUS G158Raising Money to Start or Grow a Business1.5
COLL G100Becoming A Successful Student3
COLL G151How to Succeed as an Online Learner1
COMM G255Intercultural Communication *3
COUN G100Career Planning1.5
COUN G103Educational Planning For Student Success1
COUN G104Career And Life Planning3
COUN G150Planning for Arts, Languages, and Humanities3
COUN G151Planning for Business3
COUN G152Planning for Health Science, Nursing and Kinesiology3
COUN G153Planning for Social and Behavioral Sciences3
COUN G154Planning for STEM (Computer Science, Engineering, Physics and Math)3
COUN G155Planning for STEM (Biological and Physical Sciences)3
COUN G199Employability Skills1.5
COUN G205Navigating the Transfer Process1
DANC G100-G299
HLED G100Personal Health3
HLED G107Drugs, Health, and Society3
HLED G135Nutrition3
KIN G100Introduction to Kinesiology3
KIN G101First Aid/Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation3
KIN G110Mental Skills for Performance3
KIN G281Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries3
MKTG G157Finding and Knowing Your Customer1.5
PE G100-G299
PEAC G230Leadership & Peacebuilding3
PSYC G110Psychology of Adjustment3
PSYC G118Life Span Developmental Psychology3
PSYC G165Principles of Human Sexuality 13
PSYC G250Psychobiology3
Cultural Diversity Requirement
Completion of one course from any of the above categories designated with an (*) or listed below
ANTH G100Introduction To Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH G130Introduction To Archaeology3
ANTH G140Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion3
ANTH G150Native Peoples of North America3
ANTH G190Introduction to Linguistics3
ANTH G200Gender, Culture, and Society3
ART G103History of Asian Art3
ART G104Modern and Contemporary Art History3
ART G105Art History and Appreciation 1 - Prehistoric to Renaissance3
ART G106Art History and Appreciation 2 - Renaissance to Present3
ART G127Art of the Ancient Americas3
CJ G137Community Relations And Special Issues In Criminal Justice3
COMM G255Intercultural Communication3
COMM G265Gender Communication3
DANC G101Viewing Dance3
ENGL G114Great Myths And Legends3
ENGL G143Children's Literature3
ENGL G150American Literature through the Civil War (1865)3
ENGL G155American Literature 1865 To The Present3
ENGL G160Masterpieces of World Literature I (From Antiquity to the Mid-17th Century)3
ENGL G161Masterpieces of World Literature II (From the Mid-17th Century to the Present)3
ENGL G270British Literature to 18003
ENGL G275British Literature Since 18003
GEOG G100World Regional Geography3
GEOG G185Human Geography3
HIST G120Asian Civilizations3
HIST G121History of American Women3
HIST G132History Of Britain And Ireland I3
HIST G135History of Britain and Ireland II3
HIST G150History of Latin America3
HIST G161World History 13
HIST G162World History 23
HIST G180Western Civilization 13
HIST G185Western Civilization 23
MUS G103World Music3
MUS G143History of Jazz3
PEAC G150Social Justice and Peacebuilding3
PHIL G102History of Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL G110Philosophy Of The East3
PHIL G111Philosophy of Religion - Western3
PHIL G150Political Philosophy3
PSCI G101Survey Of Current Issues3
PSCI G150Political Philosophy3
PSCI G185Comparative Politics3
PSCI G205Global Issues3
PSYC G260Social Psychology3
SIGN G200Deaf Culture3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
SOC G110Introduction To Marriage And The Family3
SOC G111Introduction to Social Justice3
SOC G133Racial And Ethnic Relations In America3
SOC G134Introduction To Chicano Studies3
SOC G185Analysis of Social Problems3
SPAN G200Mexican Culture and Civilization3
Mathematics Competency
Mathematics competency must be met by meeting one of the following:
1. Mathematics assessment / multiple-measures placement recommendation of Mathematics G100 (Liberal Arts Mathematics) or higher. *NOTE: Self Placement does not satisfy this requirement for graduation.
2. Completion of Intermediate Algebra in high school with a grade of “C” or better.
3. Completion of Integrated Mathematics 3 with a grade of “C” or better.
4. Completion of one college course in mathematics with a grade of “C” or better at the Math G030, G040, or G080 level or higher.
5. Score of 3 or better on AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, Calculus BC, or score of 50 or better on CLEP College Algebra, College Algebra – Trigonometry, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, or Calculus exam.
Major or area of emphasis requirement:
Completion of a minimum of 18 units of study with all coursework for the Major or Area of Emphasis being completed with a grade of “C” or better. Select a Major or Area of Emphasis and meet with a counselor for exact requirements.