An Associate of Arts (A.A.) is a general degree granted by California Community Colleges; whereas, an Associate of Science (A.S.) is a general degree granted by California Community Colleges with some having more emphasis career-technical training than the A.A. degree.

An AA/AS signifies the completion of a minimum 60 degree applicable units of college work in General Education (GE) and courses required for a major.

What are the requirements?

Students planning to graduate with the Associate Degree must complete all of the required courses for the major (from 18 to approximately 30 units plus), along with general education requirements and sufficient electives to meet a minimum of 60 degree-applicable units.

You must complete all three (3) Competency Requirements

  • Reading Competency
  • Writing Competency
  • Mathematics Competency


Students who possess a baccalaureate or higher degree completed at a college or university accredited through a CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) recognized Regional Accrediting Agency will have satisfied general education and competency requirements for the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree. Degrees from accredited institutions outside of the United States will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.