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):
|ANTH A100||Cultural Anthropology 1||3|
|ANTH A100H||Cultural Anthropology Honors 1||3|
|ANTH A102||Native American 1||3|
|ANTH A190||Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology 1||3|
|CMST A155||Intercultural Communications 1||3|
|CDE A126||Teaching in a Diverse Society||3|
|COUN A107||Chicana/o & Latina/o Experience and Success in Higher Education 1||3|
|COUN A107H||Chicana/o & Latina/o Experience and Success in Higher Education Honors 1||3|
|DANC A130||Mid-Eastern Dance 1 1||0.5-2|
|DANC A135||Flamenco Dance 1 1||0.5-2|
|DANC A138||African Dance and Drumming I 1||0.5-2|
|ENGL A152||Race, Culture, and Identity in Literature 1||3|
|ENGL A173||Women Writers 1||3|
|ETHS A100||Contemporary Ethnic America 1||3|
|ETHS A150||Ethnic Groups in the U.S.: Their Histories 1||3|
|FN A185||Cultural Foods||2|
|GEOG A185||Cultural Geography 1||3|
|HIST A101||Afro-American History 1||3|
|HIST A150||Ethnic Groups of the United States: Their Histories 1||3|
|HIST A151||History of the Middle East to 1500 1||3|
|HIST A152||History of the Middle East Since 1500 1||3|
|HIST A161||World History 1 1||3|
|HIST A161H||World History 1 Honors 1||3|
|HIST A162||World History 2 1||3|
|HIST A162H||World History 2 Honors 1||3|
|PHIL A120||Ethics 1||3|
|RLST A110||World Religion 1||3|
|RLST A150||Eastern Thought 1||3|
|SOC A100||Introduction to Sociology 1||3|
|SJS A101||Introduction to Race and Ethnicity||3|
|SJS A102||Social Justice and Activism||3|
|SOC A100H||Introduction to Sociology Honors 1||3|
|SOC A150||Introduction to Race and Ethnicity 1||3|
Denotes courses that fulfill CSU GE Breadth and/or IGETC requirements. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.