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The Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges has authorized the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees to confer the degrees of Associate in Arts and Associate in Science. The awarding of an Associate Degree symbolizes successful completion of a pattern of learning experiences designed to develop certain capabilities and insights. Among these are the ability to think and to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; to use mathematics; to understand the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines; to be aware of other cultures and times; to achieve insights gained through experience in thinking about ethical problems; and to develop the capacity for self-understanding. In addition to these accomplishments, the student should possess sufficient depth in some field of knowledge to contribute to lifetime interest. These requirements apply to students entering for the first time after July 1, 1983.

Continuing students with uninterrupted attendance and demonstrating satisfactory progress, exclusive of summer session, should refer to the graduate requirements listed in the catalog in effect at the time of their initial enrollment. Students who interrupt their attendance become subject to any new requirements which are in effect at the time they re-enroll.

Unit Requirement: A minimum of 60 semester units of course credit in a selected curriculum. One credit hour of community college work is approximately three hours of recitation, study, or laboratory work per week throughout a term of 16 weeks.

 

Scholarship Requirement: A C (2.0) grade-point-average or better in all work attempted in the curriculum upon which the degree is based.

 

Residence Requirement: (1) Completion of at least 12 units of credit in residence, (i.e., at Los Angeles Valley College), and (2) Attendance at the college during the semester in which the requirements are completed.

 

General Competencies: Students must demonstrate competence in reading, in written expression, and in mathematics. The following courses and examinations are approved to meet the competency requirements for the associate degree as defined in Board Rule 6201.12


Reading & Written Expression Competency: The competency requirement in reading and written expression for the Associate Degree may be met by completion of one of the following courses (or its equivalent at another college) with a grade of C or better.

  • English 28-Intermediate Reading and Composition
  • English 31-Composition and Critical Reading
  • English 101-College Reading and Composition
  • Journalism 101- Collecting and Writing News

 

In meeting the Reading and Written Expression competency requirement, course work is the primary measure of competency. However, competency may be met through credit-by-examination, as determined by the individual colleges.

 

Mathematics Competency requirements may be met by: Completion of one of the following courses (or its equivalent at another college) with a grade of C or better:

  • Mathematics 113 and 114, 115, 116, or any higher level mathematics course with a prerequisite of Mathematics 115 or its equivalent
  • Electronics 10, 12
  • General Engineering Technology 121
  • Statistics 1 OR Achievement of a score of 15 or higher on the District Mathematics Competency Examination.

 

Course Requirements. Students who are majoring in programs of study for which 18-35 units are required in the major shall complete Graduation Plan A. Students who are majoring in programs of study for which 36 or more units are required in the major shall complete Graduation Plan B. Students wishing to earn an Associate Degree must complete a course of study including a major. Requirements for each major are listed after the General Education requirements for Plan A and Plan B. The choice of major determines which plan the student will follow; therefore, students should choose a major early and confer with a counselor if they have any questions.

 


Graduation Requirements: Plan A

Major Requirements: At least 18 semester units of study taken in a single discipline or related disciplines. Successful completion of at least 30 semester units chosen from categories A through E below, and fulfillment of the specific category requirements given below:

 

Natural Sciences: At least 3 semester units chosen from: Anatomy 1 ; Anthropology 101, 111; Astronomy 1, 5 ; Biology 3, 6, 7, 10, 25, 39, 40; Botany 1; Chemistry 101 , 102 , 51, 60 , 68 , 70 ; Environmental Science 1, 2, 7, 19; Geography 1, 3, 15; Geology 1, 2 , 6 , 7 ; Meteorology 3; Microbiology 1, 20; Oceanography 1, 2, 10; Physical Science 1, 14; Physics 6 , 7 , 12 , 37 , 38 ; Physiology 1 , 8, 9; Psychology 2

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences: A minimum of 9 semester units in the following pattern: American Institutions - (3-6 units): Political Science 1 or A combination of one course from Group A and one course from Group B below:

  • Group A - History 5, 11, 14, 15, 17; African-American Studies 4; Chicano Studies 7; Economics 10
  • Group B - History 6, 12, 13, 18, 20, 52; African-American Studies 5; Chicano Studies 8
  • Additional Social Sciences - (3-6 units): At least 3 semester units from the following courses: Agriculture 110; Anthropology 102, 103, 109; Broadcasting 1; Child Development 1, 42; Economics 1, 2 , 4, 5, 30; Family and Consumer Studies 31; Geography 2,; History 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 19, 21, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 50, 52, 53, 54, 76, 86, 87, 88; Humanities 6, 8; Jewish Studies 25; Journalism 105, 232; Law 3; Political Science 2, 5, 7, 9; Psychology 1, 5, 11, 12, 13, 14, 41, 52; Sociology 1, 2, 3, 10, 11, 12, 14, 21, 22, 25

 

Humanities: At least 3 semester units chosen from: African-American Studies 20; Anthropology 121; Art 101, 102, 103, 105, 109, 115, 116, 201, 501; Armenian I and II; Broadcasting 26; Chicano Studies 37 42, 44; Cinema 104, 105, 106, 107;English 105, 203 , 204 , 205 , 206 , 207 , 208 , 211 , 212 , 213 , 214 , 215 , 216, 219, 232, 233, 234, 239, 240, 250 , 252 , 253 ; Family and Consumer Studies 16; French 1, (or 21 or 22 ), 2 , 3 , 4 , 10; German 1, 2 , 3 , 4 , 10; Hebrew 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10; History 7, 47, 48, 49; Humanities 1, 2, 3, 7, 30, 31, 40, 61; Italian 1, 2 , 3 , 4 , 10; Jewish Studies 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14,17; Linguistics 1; Music 101, 111, 121, 122, 135, 136, 141; Philosophy 1, 12, 14, 20, 30, 33, 35, 40; Spanish 1, (or 21 or 22 ), 2 , 3 , 4 , 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 16, 25, 35, 36, 46; Speech 130, 135; Theater 100, 110, 115, 120, 125

 

Language and Rationality: At least 12 semester units, with at least 3 units chosen from each of the three subcategorizes below. No more than two courses may be chosen from any subject field.

 

  • Written Communication: Business 32; English 28 , 86 , 101 , 102 ; Journalism 101, 202 ; Office Administration 32 Note:Completion of this section does not necessarily meet competency requirements in Reading and Written Expression. To get an associate degree, students must take either English 28, 31, 101, or Journalism 101.
  • Oral Communication: Speech 101, 102, 151
  • Analytical Thinking: Computer Science-Information Technology 801, 813; English 103; Mathematics 120, 125 , 215 , 225 , 234, 235 , 236 , 238 , 239 , 240 , 245 , 260 , 265 , 266 ; Philosophy 6, 7, 8, 9; Speech 104, 105 ; Statistics 1

 

Health and Physical Education: A minimum of 3 semester units, with at least 2 units from sub-category 1 and at least 1 unit from sub-category 2, unless exempted by the college.

 

  • Health Education: Health 11; Nursing 709 ; Respiratory Therapy 2
  • Physical Education: Physical Education 95, 96, 97, 100-699, 702

 

Ethnic Studies courses are offered in at least one of the required areas above. The following majors have been approved under Plan A as of Fall 1993. AS (Associate of Science) degrees are awarded to students whose majors are in the areas of the physical and life sciences or in specialized technical areas considered to be applied sciences. AA (Associate of Arts) degrees are awarded to students whose majors are in areas of the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Examples of the former (AS): Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Engineering, Registered Nursing; examples of the latter (AA): Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, Mathematics, Sociology.

 


 

Graduation Requirements: Plan B

Major Requirements: At least 36 semester units of study taken in a single discipline or related disciplines. Successful completion of at least 18 semester units in general education which shall include not less than the minimum number of units indicated in each of the following areas:

 

Natural Science: At least 3 semester units chosen from: Anatomy 1 ; Anthropology 101, 111; Astronomy 1, 5 ; Biology 3, 6, 7, 10, 25, 39; Botany 1; Chemistry 101 , 102 , 51, 60 , 68 , 70 ; Environmental Science 1,2, 7, 19; Geography 1, 3 , 15; Geology 1, 2 , 6 , 7 ; Meteorology 3 ; Microbiology 1, 20; Oceanography 1, 2, 10; Physical Science 1, 14; Physics 6 , 7 , 12 , 37 , 38 ; Physiology 1 , 8, 9; Psychology 2

 


Social and Behavioral Sciences: Completion of at least 3 semester units chosen from: African-American Studies 4, 5; Chicano Studies 7, 8; History 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15 ; Political Science 1

 


Humanities: At least 3 semester units chosen from: African-American Studies 20 ; Anthropology 121; Art 101, 102, 103, 105, 109, 115, 116, 201, 501; Armenian 1, 2; Broadcasting 26; Chicano Studies 37 , 42 , 44 ; Cinema 104, 105, 106, 107; English 105, 203 , 204 , 205 , 206 , 207 , 208 , 211 , 212 , 213 , 214 , 215 , 216 , 219, 232 , 233 , 234 , 239, 240, 250 , 252 , 253 ; Family and Consumer Studies 16; French 21, 22 , 1, 2 , 3 , 4 , 10; German 1, 2 , 3 , 4 , 10; Hebrew 1, 2 , 3 , 4 , 9 , 10 ; History 7, 47, 48, 49; Humanities 1, 2, 3, 7, 30, 31, 40, 61; Italian 1, 2 , 3 , 4 , 10; Jewish Studies 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 , 10 , 11 , 12 , 13 , 14 , 17; Linguistics 1 ; Music 101, 111, 121, 122, 136, 141; Philosophy 1, 12, 14, 20, 30, 33, 35, 40; Spanish 21, 22 , 1, 2 , 3 , 4 , 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 16 , 25, 35, 26, 46 ; Speech 130, 135; Theater 100, 110, 115, 120, 125

 


Language and Rationality: A minimum of 6 semester units in the following pattern, with at least 3 units chosen from sub-category 1, and at least 3 units from sub-category 2.

 

  • Written Communication: Business 32 ; English 28 , 86 , 101 , 102 ; Journalism 101, 202 ; Office Administration 32 --Note: Completion of this section does not necessarily meet competency requirements in Reading and Written Expression. To get an Associate degree, students must take either English 28, 31, 101, or Journalism 101
  • Oral Communication and Analytical Thinking: Computer Science-Information Technology 801, 813; English 103; Mathematics 120, 125, 215, 225, 234, 235, 236 , 238 , 239 , 240 , 245 , 260 , 265 , 266 ; Philosophy 6, 7, 8, 9; Speech 101, 102, 104, 105 , 151; Statistics 1

 

Health and Physical Education: A minimum of 3 semester units, with at least 2 units from sub-category 1 and at least 1 unit from sub-category 2, unless exempted by the college.

 

  • Health Education: Health 11; Nursing 709 ; Respiratory Therapy 2
  • Physical Education: Physical Education 95, 96, 97, 100-699, 702

 

Ethnic Studies courses are offered in at least one of the required areas. Note: While a course might satisfy more than one general education requirement, it may not be counted more than once for these purposes. It may be counted again for a different degree requirement as determined by each college.