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Associate of General Studies Degree

2020-21 Associate of General Studies (PDF)*

About the Program

The Associate of General Studies degree is a two-year program designed to provide students the opportunity to acquire a broad education rather than pursuing a specific college major or program. The general studies degree may, in addition to general education coursework, include lower-division college transfer and career and technical education courses. Because of the flexibility of this degree, it may not fulfill requirements for transfer to a four-year institution.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission has approved certain general education outcomes for courses selected to fulfill AAOT degree requirements. All courses listed meet those identified outcomes. For more information see this catalog or visit

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies. Individual courses may be challenged based on the student’s life experience or knowledge. Arrangements may be made on an individual basis with the instructor teaching the course to deter­mine specific challenge procedures. College Now credit will be accepted in accordance with current agreement.

Graduation Requirements

The Associate of General Studies degree will be awarded to students who complete a minimum of 90 credit hours of college transfer and career and technical courses from the curriculum listed. Students must receive a grade of “C” or better in all coursework. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

General Education Requirements

Course No.
Course Title
CS/CIS__ Approved 3-4 credit Computer Science or Computer Information Science class, CS/CIS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years. 0-4
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research 1
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations or
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations
COMM100 Basic Communication 1 or
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking or
SP115 Introduction to Intercultural Communication or
SP218 Interpersonal Communication
MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Math 2 or
MTH111 College Algebra or
MTH211 Fundamentals of Elementary Math or
MTH243 Probability and Statistics with lab 2 or
MTH251 Calculus I (Differential) with lab or higher level math
WR121 English Composition I 4
  Total General Education Credits 15-21
Core Requirements
A minimum of 3 or 4 credits must be taken from each of the following categories with no more than 9 credits from any one category.
  Art/Humanities 3-9
  Science/Computer Science (one lab science is required) 4-9
  Social Science 3-9
  Physical Education/Health 3-9
  Minimum Total Required Core Credits 18
Other Requirements
  Lower division transfer and career and technical courses 51-57
  Total Other Credits 51-57
Total Program Credits  90

1 Certain Oregon universities will not accept SP100 as meeting the oral communication or speech requirement. If you plan to transfer to an Oregon university, ask your advisor if completing the AAOT Oregon Transfer Degree may be your best option.

2 MTH105 and MTH243 may not be accepted if students do not complete this degree before transferring to an Oregon university. Students should check with the university about possible additional math required for their degree.

Note:  At the discretion of the department, a maximum of 24 Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) credits may be used toward this degree provided they have been approved within a program of study (a concentration of classes within a major or subject area). CWE is an advanced learning opportunity (capstone), not an exploratory experience, and should be completed within the last two terms of the degree. See an adviser for more information.

For more information, contact an advisor.

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