Academic Catalogs

Degrees and Certificates

By authorization of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges, Orange Coast College confers the Associate in Arts degree on students who complete sixty (60) units with a grade of “C” or better in prescribed courses.

Orange Coast College also grants the degree of Associate in Science only for the majors listed in the Associate in Science Degree requirements section in this catalog.

In addition, Orange Coast College grants the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT). It is a joint program between the California Community Colleges and the California State University (CSU) that makes it easier for students to transfer. Students who earn the ADT are guaranteed:

  1. Admission to a CSU campus in a similar major to their ADT. However, it does not guarantee admission to a specific campus or major.
  2. Ability to finish the bachelor's degree with an additional 60 units.

Orange Coast College awards the Certificate of Achievement to students who successfully complete the required courses of a certificate program including a minimum of 8 units. Orange Coast College also grants the Certificate of Specialization (less than 18 units) to students who complete a specially designed or intensive learning activity.