The awarding of an Associate Degree is intended to represent more than an accumulation of units. It is to symbolize a successful attempt on the part of the College to lead students through patterns of learning experiences designed to develop individual 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; 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 shall possess sufficient depth in some field of knowledge to contribute to lifetime interest.
Central to an Associate Degree, General Education is designed to introduce students to the variety of means through which people comprehend the modern world. It reflects the conviction of colleges that those who receive their degrees must possess in common certain basic principles, concepts and methodologies both unique to and shared by the various disciplines. College educated persons must be able to use this knowledge when evaluating and appreciating the physical environment, the culture and the society in which they live. Most importantly, General Education should lead to better self-understanding.
Graduation from Skyline College with the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree requires the completion of at least 60 units, including requirements A through F as outlined on the following pages. Substitutions and waivers for degree requirements may be authorized by petition to the appropriate Division Dean. An application for the degree must be filed in the Office of Admissions and Records within the last two semesters of attendance (refer to calendar for the college year for deadline dates).
Skyline College offers three types of certificates. A Certificate of Achievement (generally 12 to 30 units) is awarded in certain occupational fields upon satisfactory completion of a specific course of study in a state-approved program. Students must complete with a grade of “C” or better (or Pass) all courses used to satisfy both core and elective requirements for the certificate. Certificates of Achievement are posted to a student’s transcript. A Certificate of Specialization (generally 12 to 17.5 units) is awarded in certain occupational fields upon satisfactory completion (minimum 2.0 grade point average) of a specific course of study in a locally-approved program. Certificates of Specialization are not posted to a student’stranscript.
A Skills or Career Certificate (fewer than 12 units) is awarded upon successful completion of designated courses in a specific occupational field. Skills and Career Certificates are not posted to a student’s transcript.
Units earned to meet certificate requirements may be applied toward the 60 units required for an AA or AS degree and may also satisfy the major requirement for an Associate’s Degree. Fifty (50) percent of the total units required for the Certificate must be completed at Skyline College.
Certificate requirements for an individual student shall be those listed in the Skyline College Catalog at the time the student’s studies begin. Those requirements may be followed throughout the student’s course of study as long as the student remains in continuous enrollment. For the purposes of this requirement, continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in at least one semester each calendar year. If a break in attendance occurs before the certificate is earned, the certificate requirements shall become those listed in the College Catalog which is cur- rent at the time the student’s studies are resumed.
A student may earn multiple Certificates from Skyline College. Each Certificate of Achievement will be posted to the student’s academic record and the student will receive a Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Specialization, Skills Certificate or Career Certificate for each certificate earned. Courses used to meet requirements for one certificate may be used to meet requirements for additional certificates.
American History & Institutions (6 units)
Major (18 units)
General Education (19 units)
Physical Education (2 courses Basic Competency in English, Mathematics, and Information Literacy)
Total units: 60
Note: See Associate Degree Requirements section for specific details.
The General Education Program at Skyline College provides a scope and depth of learning that empowers students to meet the work, life, and global citizenship challenges of the 21st century. The Program fosters and develops the essential knowledge, skills, and values students need to succeed in an interdependent world of daunting complexity and relentless change. It is the foundation of life-long learning. Students gain broad knowledge of science, cultures and society; a wide range of high-level intellectual and practical skills; a strong sense of ethical and social responsibility; and the ability to integrate and apply the knowledge, skills, and values acquired in general education to new settings and complex problems and challenges. The General Education Program values and prioritizes broad, diverse perspectives, cross-disciplinary learning, intellectual curiosity, critical and creative inquiry, and the importance of engaging big questions, both contemporary and enduring.
Graduation requirements are listed in the Catalog. Each Catalog covers an academic year that reflects enrollment beginning with the fall term and includes subsequent spring and summer terms. Having “catalog rights” means students are held to the graduation requirements listed in the catalog at the time enrollment begins. Students may choose to use catalog rights for any subsequent year of continuous enrollment. For Cañada College, College of San Mateo and Skyline College, catalog rights apply to enrollment in any of the San Mateo County Community College District colleges.
For the purpose of this policy, “continuous enrollment” means attending at least one term (fall, spring, summer) each academic year. Attendance is required through the fourth week of instruction for semester length classes or thirty percent (30%) of summer classes and semester classes that are shorter than the full semester.
Catalog rights gained at a college outside of the San Mateo County Community College District are not applicable at Cañada College, College of San Mateo or Skyline College.
Catalog rights cannot supersede any State or Federal regulation or requirement in effect at the time of graduation.
Some of the course requirements for the AA or AS Degree may be satisfied by examination and/or military service credit in accordance with regulations established by the college.
The state of California has legislated a series of reforms designed to strengthen the community colleges. One of these reforms was a comprehensive review of standards for instruction in each course and classification of each course as applicable to the Associate Degree. Classes that do not count as units for the Associate Degree are noted in the college catalog following the course description. A course that does not count as units will have the following statement at the end of the course description: (Units do not count toward the Associate Degree.)