What is an Associate Degree and what is required to earn an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree?
An associate degree is a type of undergraduate degree requiring a minimum of 60 semester credits/units (for our purposes the terms credits and units are used interchangeably). The traditional AA/AS Degree program consists of three parts: general education requirements, major requirements, and electives.
Associate degrees are awarded by community, junior or technical colleges indicating that you have completed a program of study with a broad base in general education and a concentration in a specific area. Your degree may be in an occupational area such as Accounting or in Liberal Arts & Sciences with a concentration such as Science & Mathematics
Math— The student may satisfy
the graduation requirement in mathematics in any one of the following four
English— The current minimum graduation requirement for written composition is completion of English 96 with a grade of C or better. It is advisable for students considering transfer to a university to complete English 1A and 1B or 1C depending on the institution and the major intended (see ASSIST or your counselor for additional information).
English as a Second Language (ESL)— For ESL students to meet the minimum graduation requirement for written composition, they must complete ESL 170 with a grade of C or better.
Note: Students with Rights to an earlier catalog may be able to use lower-level courses to meet these requirements. For more information, see your counselor.
Area A-H from the CCSF Associate Degree Requirements worksheet. In addition to English and Math, a student must also complete a series of General Education (GE) Requirements. These requirements are listed as Areas A-H.
For a complete listing of courses which satisfy these requirements, please visit- Catalog General Education Requirements
Units/Residency— To satisfy the Unit Residency requirement for CCSF a student must complete a minimum of 45 units at CCSF or complete their last 12 units at CCSF.
GPA-To satisfy the GPA requirement, a student must have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in all degree-applicable course work at the time of graduation.
Major: Effective with the 2008-2009 catalog, students petitioning to graduate must declare a major unless they have Rights to an earlier catalog. For more information, please meet with your counselor or visit-
Petitioning for an Associates Degree