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Students may graduate from American River College with the Associate in Arts (AA) or the Associate in Science (AS) degree by fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 60 units of collegiate work with a 'C' (2.0) grade point average (GPA) in a curriculum that the district accepts toward the degree. (This does not include courses numbered 200 to 299 if taken between fall 1989 and spring 2003, and courses numbered 1 to 99 and numbered 1000 or higher if taken after spring 2003.) At least 12 of the 60 units must be earned at American River College.
  2. Major: completion of an AA or AS program of study offered at American River College. Courses used to complete requirements for the major must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
  3. Completion of American River College's general education requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in courses used for general education (21 units minimum) or possession of a bachelor's degree (BA/BS) or higher from a regionally accredited college or university in the US.1
  4. Demonstration of competency in writing, reading, and mathematics.
  5. Catalog rights: students are held to the graduation requirements established at the time they begin college as long as they maintain their catalog rights.

2021-2022 Graduation Competency Requirements

Demonstrate college-level competence in reading, written expression, and mathematics by completing the following:

  1. Written Expression Competency (one of the following) –
    • Completion with a grade of 'C' or better of one of the following: BUS 310; ENGWR 300, 480; ESLW 340
    • Completion with a grade of 'C' or better of an equivalent college writing course at a regionally accredited college in the US1
    • Possession of a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college in the US1
  2. Reading Competency (one of the following) –
    • Completion of American River College's General Education pattern or any local general education pattern offered in the Los Rios Community College District
    • Completion and certification of the CSU GE Breadth pattern
    • Completion and certification of the IGETC pattern
    • Possession of an associate degree (AA/AS) or higher from a regionally accredited college in the US1
  3. Mathematics Competency (one of the following) –
    • Completion with a grade of 'C' or better of one of the following: MATH 110, 120, 125, 129, 133, 300, 310, 311, 320, 325, 340, 342, 355, 356, 370, 372, 373, 375, 400, 401, 402, 410, or 420; PHIL 324; PSYC 330; STAT 300, 305, or 480
    • Completion with a grade of 'C' or better of an equivalent college math course at a regionally accredited college in the US1 or completion with a grade of 'C' or better in a course that meets mathematic competency at the California community college where it was completed
    • Obtain a satisfactory score on a mathematics competency examination used district-wide for graduation
    • Possession of a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college in the US1

1 See District Policy P-7241: Graduation Requirements and Regulation R-7241: Graduation Requirements.

2021-2022 General Education Requirements for AA/AS Degrees

I. Humanities

Choose one course for a minimum of three semester units (four quarter units).
Area Courses
Humanities ART 300, 312, 320, 324, 339, 430, 440; ARTH 300, 302, 308, 310, 318, 322#, 333, 334, 335; ARTNM 305, 322, 331; ARTPH 300, 305, 340, 345; DEAF 310, 312, 314, 316, 318, 380#; ECE 361, 363; ENGCW 400*, 415;  ENGLT 300, 304, 308#, 310, 311, 320, 321, 327#, 330#, 334#, 335#, 338#, 340, 341, 345, 360#, 365, 370, 378, 380, 382, 392, 403,  486#, 494; FASHN 330; GERM 401, 402, 411, 412; HIST 300*, 302*, 305*, 307*#, 308*#, 364*, 365*, 399*, 480*, 481*; HUM 300, 301, 302#, 310, 320#, 324#, 326, 330#, 355#, 360, 365; IDES 310, 312; ITAL 401, 402, 411, 412; JAPAN 401, 402; MUFHL 300, 308, 310, 311, 315#, 321, 330#, 400; PHIL 300, 310, 315, 330, 331, 350, 360; RUSS 401, 402, 411, 413; SPAN 401, 402, 411, 412, 413, 427; TA 300, 302, 303, 306#, 350, 406, 435, 480; TAFILM 300, 302, 303, 304, 307#, 320
  • * Courses appearing in more than one category may be used to satisfy only one category.
  • # These ethnic/multicultural courses can also satisfy general education category requirements.

II. Language and Rationality

Choose two courses for a minimum of six semester units (eight quarter units). Complete one course (three semester or four quarter units minimum) in each area.
Area Courses
a) English Composition BUS 310; ENGWR 300, 480; ESLW 340
b) Communication and Analytical Thinking ANTH 341*#; AT 105; BUS 105; CISA 305, 315, 320; CISC 300*; CISP 300, 315, 350, 360, 400, 440, 480; CISS 321; DEAF 370; ENGCW 400*, 430; ENGED 305; ENGRD 310, 312; ENGWR 301, 302, 303, 481, 482; ESL 350#; GEOG 330, 375; JOUR 300; MATH 120, 124, 125, 129, 133, 300, 310, 311, 320, 325, 340, 342, 355, 356, 370, 372, 373, 375, 400; MGMT 360; PHIL 320, 324; PSYC 330; SPEECH 301, 323, 331, 361, 362; STAT 300, 305, 480; WELD 140
  • * Courses appearing in more than one category may be used to satisfy only one category.
  • # These ethnic/multicultural courses can also satisfy general education category requirements.

III. Living Skills

Choose one course from area III(a) and a minimum of two units from area III(b), for a minimum of three semester units (four quarter units) total. This area can also be fulfilled by Military Service Credit (honorable discharge) with a minimum of one year active duty service. Submit a copy of DD214 to Admissions and Records as verification.
Area Courses
a) Physical Education Any physical education activity course with a subject designation of: ADAPT, DANCE, FITNS, PACT, SPORT, TMACT
b) Life Development Skills AT 107; BIOT 308; BUS 312, 320*; CISC 300*; ECE 330, 350; ECON 320*; ENGED 320, 322, 324; ET 250; GERON 303*, 330, 334; HCD 160, 310, 318, 330, 331, 336, 382; HEED 300; HIST 399*; HSER 340; KINES 300; LIBR 318, 325; NUTRI 300*, 302*, 305; PSYC 340, 342, 354, 356#, 358, 359, 370*, 378, 379, 390, 400, 481; SOC 335; SPEECH 321; WELD 150; all Work Experience WEXP courses (in any discipline area) numbered 198, 298, and 498
  • * Courses appearing in more than one category may be used to satisfy only one category.
  • # These ethnic/multicultural courses can also satisfy general education category requirements.

IV. Natural Sciences

Choose one course for a minimum of three semester units (four quarter units).
Area Courses
Natural Sciences ANTH 300, 303, 480; ASTR 300, 310, 320, 330, 481; BIOL 102, 103, 115, 116, 300, 301, 303, 305, 310, 332, 352, 370, 375, 400, 430, 431, 482; CHEM 305, 309, 310, 338, 400; ENERGY 303; ET 303; FT 304; GEOG 300, 305, 306, 307, 308, 331; GEOL 300, 305, 310, 320, 325, 330, 345; HEED 308; HORT 300; NATR 300, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 310, 320, 330, 332, 346; NUTRI 300*, 302*; PHYS 310, 311, 312, 350, 410; PSYC 310
  • * Courses appearing in more than one category may be used to satisfy only one category.

V. Social and Behavioral Sciences

Choose two courses for a minimum of six semester units (eight quarter units). Complete one course (three semester or four quarter units minimum) in each area.
Area Courses
a) American Institutions HIST 310, 311, 318, 320#, 321#, 323#, 325#, 327#, 330#, 483, 484; POLS 301, 304, 481
b) Social/Behavioral Sciences ADMJ 300, 302#, 304, 320; ANTH 310#, 319, 320, 321, 330#, 333#, 334#, 336#, 337, 341*#, 481#; BUS 110, 300, 320*, 330#; DEAF 351#, 352, 355#; ECE 312, 314, 430#; ECON 302, 304, 305, 320; GEOG 310#, 320#, 322#; GERON 302, 303*; HIST 300*, 302*, 305*, 307*#, 308*#, 340, 341, 343, 364*, 365*, 367, 373, 374#, 375#, 480*, 481*, 494; HSER 330#; IS 301#, 302, 305#, 310#, 312#; JOUR 310, 320#; MGMT 374; NATR 307; NUTRI 310#, 481#; POLS 302, 310, 320, 330, 342; PSYC 300, 305, 320, 361#, 365#, 370*, 372, 373, 374, 383, 415, 480; SJS 300#, 310#; SOC 300, 301, 302, 309, 318, 320#, 325#, 342#, 350, 480
  • * Courses appearing in more than one category may be used to satisfy only one category.
  • # These ethnic/multicultural courses can also satisfy general education category requirements.

VI. Ethnic/Multicultural Studies

Choose a minimum of three semester units (four quarter units) from the following courses.
Area Courses
Ethnic/Multicultural Studies ADMJ 302#; ANTH 310#, 330#, 333#, 334#, 336#, 341#, 481#; ARTH 322#; BIOL 322; BUS 330#; DANCE 300#; DEAF 351#, 355#, 380#; ECE 430#; ENGLT 308#, 327#, 330#, 334#, 335#, 338#, 360#, 486#; ESL  350#; GEOG 310#, 320#, 322#; HIST 307#, 308#, 320#, 321#, 323#, 325#, 327#, 330#, 374#, 375#; HSER 330#; HUM 302#, 320#, 324#, 330#, 355#; IS 301#, 305#, 310#, 312#; JOUR 320#; MUFHL 315#, 330#; NUTRI 310#, 481#; PSYC 356#, 361#, 365#; SJS 300#, 300#; SOC 320#, 325#, 342#; SPEECH 325; TA 306#; TAFILM 307#
  • # These ethnic/multicultural courses can also satisfy general education category requirements.

Catalog Rights

For the purpose of graduating or earning a certificate from any college in the Los Rios Community College District, a student who attends at least one session (whether quarter, semester, or summer) in each calendar year at any California community college, California State University, University of California, or any regionally accredited institution of higher education, may choose to meet the requirements in effect at the Los Rios college from which the student intends to graduate, as follows:

  • Requirements that were in effect at the time the student was admitted to a Los Rios college
  • Requirements that were in effect at the time the student originally enrolled in an accredited college
  • Requirements that were in effect at the intended date of graduation from a Los Rios college

Please note:

  • A college may authorize or request substitution for discontinued courses.
  • Students who change their major field of study may be required to complete those requirements for the major in effect at the point of change.
  • For purposes of this section, "attendance" means taking classes in at least one session (semester or summer session) in each calendar year. Absence for attendance at another regionally accredited institution shall not be considered an interruption in attendance, per Los Rios Policy P-7242: Establishing Catalog Rights.