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General Education Pattern 2015-2016

Graduation Requirements

  • An Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree is awarded to those who complete a minimum of sixty (60) credits in associate degree level courses with at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • A minimum of twelve (12) credits must be earned in residence at this institution.
  • At least 18 units must be completed in a major and all major requirements must be completed with a A, B, C or P. A “P” (pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the AA-T or AS-T major.
  • Eighteen (18) semester units of general education must be completed and shall include at least one (1) course in each of the following areas: 
    1. Natural Sciences, 
    2. Social and Behavioral Sciences, 
    3. Humanities, and 
    4. Language and Rationality. 
    A course designated by each College as meeting the Multi-Cultural or Diversity requirement must be taken in at least one of these four (4) areas. Courses counted to meet this general education requirement must be completed with a grade point average of 2.0 or better.
  • Competency Requirements:
    1. Completion of English P101A with a minimum grade of “C”.
    2. Completion of Intermediate Algebra with a minimum grade of “C”.
  • In order to receive a degree, students must submit the Degree Evaluation petition.

Requirements for the Associate in Arts (AA) and the Associate in Science (AS) Degrees

Degree requirements include the following: courses in your major, one of the three general education patterns, and additional campus graduation requirements as follows.

Combine these areas and, if necessary, elective courses must equal 60 total credits with a minimum total grade point average of 2.0 in order to graduate.

Major Requirements

The courses required for your major are listed in the college catalog. You are encouraged to download a catalog from the Porterville College web site the first term you enroll and keep this throughout your education at Porterville College.

General Education Patterns

There are three general education patterns you may select from to complete your requirements. Your specific academic goal will determine which one of these checklists to follow. The table below will help you decide which checklist is more appropriate for you:

If you are... You should follow...
Not planning to transfer after degree completion The PC General Education Checklist
Planning to transfer to a California State University (CSU) after degree completion Either the CSU General Education Breadth or the IGETC checklists
Planning to transfer to a University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) or independent college after completing your degree The IGETC checklist.

Additional Campus Graduation Requirements

In addition to the major and general education requirements indicated above, you must also complete the following campus graduation requirements: Education (PC general education checklist); Multicultural Studies (PC general education checklist); and three credits of Health Education/P.E. activity courses. Taking additional campus graduation requirements do not apply to students completing an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree.

Requirements for the Associate in Arts for transfer (AA-T)
or Associate in Science for transfer (AS-T) Degrees

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree. Taking additional campus graduation requirements do not apply to students completing an Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree.

Dual Degrees/Majors:

Credits used to satisfy the major requirements in one degree/major cannot be used to satisfy a major requirement in the other degree/major.

Program Learning Outcomes: Communications: Students will read, write, speak and listen effectively; Critical Thinking: Students will think independently, creatively, and critically so they can make informed and logical judgements of the arguments of others, arrive at reasoned and meaningful arguments and positions, and formulate and apply ideas to new contexts; Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning: Students will understand and apply mathematical and scientific principles and methods; Technology, Information Literacy and Information Competency: Students will effectively use multiple formats, including print, computer and emerging technologies, to locate, access, analyze, evaluate and utilize information that facilitates learning and critical inquire; Social and Cultural Understating and Ethical Development: Students will understand and be prepared to actively participate as informed and responsible citizens in political, social, cultural and environmental matters, both locally and globally; Personal Development: Students will have the ability to adapt to change, learn effectively, establish a framework for aesthetic responsiveness, enhance wellness, and set personal and professional goals.

January 28, 2016

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