Degree Requirements

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

As authorized by the California Education Code and Title V of the California Administrative Code, the Ventura County Community College District Governing Board confers the Associate in Arts degree, the Associate in Science degree, and Certificates of Achievement on students who provide the required transcripts, meet the respective requirements as listed below, and who file with the appropriate college office an application for a degree and/or certificate.

ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE

Basic Requirements

1. Competency: Demonstrated competency in reading, written expression, and in mathematics as specified below.

2. Units: Completion of at least 60 semester units of degree-applicable college work.

3. Scholarship: A cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 in all degree-applicable college and university work attempted.

4. General Education: Completion of the general education requirements as specified below.

5. Residency: Completion of the last 12 semester units in residence at the college granting the degree selected from courses required for graduation, if in attendance at the time of qualifying for graduation. If the student designates a specific major, then at least 6 of the 12 units must be selected from major courses.

If not in attendance at the time of qualifying for graduation, completion of 24 units in residence at the colleges of the Ventura County Community College District to include at least 12 semester units in residence at the college granting the degree, selected from courses required for graduation. If the student designates a specific  major, then at least 6 of the 12 units must be selected from major courses. The governing board may make exceptions to the residency requirements in any instance in which it is determined that an injustice or hardship would otherwise be placed upon an individual student.

Specific Major (AA or AS)

I. General Education Requirements

 A. Natural sciences - a minimum of 6 units
     1. One course in a biological science
     2. One course in a physical science

 B. Social and behavioral sciences - a minimum of 6 units
     1. One course in American history and institutions
     2. One other course in social and behavioral sciences

 C. Humanities - a minimum of 6 units
     1. One course in fine or performing arts
     2. One other course in humanities

 D. Language and rationality - a minimum of 6 units
     1. One course in English composition
     2. One course in communication and analytical thinking

 E. Health/physical education - a minimum of two courses
     1. One course in health education
     2. One course in physical activity

II. Major: Completion of all courses (at least 18 semester units) required in a curriculum specified in the  college catalog.

General Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree (AA)

I. General Education Requirements

 A. Natural sciences - a minimum of 6 units
     1. One course in a biological science
     2. One course in a physical science

 B. Social and behavioral sciences - a minimum of 6 units
     1. One course in American history and institutions
     2. One other course in social and behavioral sciences

 C. Humanities - a minimum of 6 units
     1. One course in fine or performing arts
     2. One other course in humanities

 D. Language and rationality - a minimum of 6 units
     1. One course in English composition
     2. One course in communication and analytical thinking

 E. Health/physical education - a minimum of two courses
     1. One course in health education
     2. One course in physical activity

II.  In addition to the general education requirements listed above, completion of at least 12 additional units selected as follows: 9 units from the natural sciences and/or social and behavioral sciences and/or humanities and/or language and rationality areas and 3 units from the designated ethnic/women's studies course list (cannot be "double-counted"). Completion of the degree requires a total of at least 36 units in the four areas as well as two courses from the health/physical education area.

Transfer Students - General Liberal Arts and Sciences Degree (AA)

All transfer students may earn a general liberal arts and sciences degree by doing one of the following:

I. Completion of the college's general liberal arts and sciences AA degree pattern above; or,

II. Completion of at least 36 units of coursework selected from the general education/breadth pattern of a transfer institution, and/or from transfer courses required in preparation for the student's selected major.

At a minimum, the 36 units must include the general education courses specified below:

A. Natural sciences -- a minimum of 3 units

B. Social and behavioral sciences -- a minimum of 3 units

C. Humanities -- a minimum of 3 units

D. Language and rationality -- a minimum of 6 units
    1. English composition -- one course
    2. Communication and analytical thinking -- one course

E. Health/physical education -- a minimum of two courses
     1. Health education -- one course
    2. Physical activity -- one course

F.  Ethnic/women's studies -- one course which cannot be "double-counted" to satisfy other general education requirements above.

NOTE:   The completion of this degree does not necessarily make the student eligible to transfer to a four-year college or university. For transfer requirements, consult the College Catalog and your counselor.