Associate Degree (AA, AS)
Orange Coast College awards the Associate Degree to students who have met all the requirements for graduation. OCC offers the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science Degrees. Check with your counselor to determine which degree you should complete.
In accordance with the law and with rules and regulations of the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and the Board of Trustees of the Coast Community College District, the requirements for the degree of Associate in Arts or Associate in Science include the following:
- Unit Requirement
60 Degree-applicable UNITS, with at least a 2.0-grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
- Major Requirement
Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
- Mathematics Requirement
Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or “pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
- General Education Requirement
Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA/AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
- Global and Multicultural Requirement (Required for AA degree only)
Some of the courses listed in this requirement can also be used to meet General Education Requirements. Courses that are repeatable for credit can only be used once in this area.
Select one or more courses from the following totaling 3 units (Courses subject to change. To confirm course eligibility, schedule an appointment with a counselor):
|Cultural Anthropology 1
|Cultural Anthropology Honors 1
|Native American 1
|Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology 1
|Intercultural Communications 1
|Teaching in a Diverse Society
|Chicana/o & Latina/o Experience and Success in Higher Education 1
|Chicana/o & Latina/o Experience and Success in Higher Education Honors 1
|Mid-Eastern Dance 1 1
|Flamenco Dance 1 1
|African Dance and Drumming I 1
|Race, Culture, and Identity in Literature 1
|Women Writers 1
|Contemporary Ethnic America 1
|Ethnic Groups in the U.S.: Their Histories 1
|Cultural Geography 1
|Afro-American History 1
|Ethnic Groups of the United States: Their Histories 1
|History of the Middle East to 1500 1
|History of the Middle East Since 1500 1
|World History 1 1
|World History 1 Honors 1
|World History 2 1
|World History 2 Honors 1
|World Religion 1
|Eastern Thought 1
|Introduction to Sociology 1
|Introduction to Race and Ethnicity
|Social Justice and Activism
|Introduction to Sociology Honors 1
|Introduction to Race and Ethnicity 1
Denotes courses that fulfill CSU GE Breadth and/or IGETC requirements. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.