Two-Year Associate Degree Requirements

Resident Requirement

Either 12 units or 50% of the units applied to the major, whichever is fewer, must be completed at Skyline College

Scholarship Requirement

A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in all degree-applicable coursework.

All coursework transferred into SMCCCD, except non-degree applicable and upper division courses, will be evaluated to meet graduation requirements and will become part of the overall GPA.

The GPA from courses taken in SMCCCD and those courses from outside SMCCCD will be used in the calculation for graduation. Honors and Phi Theta Kappa are calculated and recorded at each college.

Major Requirement

Any student pursuing an Associate Degree must declare a major field of study. The major is comprised of specific courses within a discipline or related discipline as specified by the appropriate division. Skyline offers both Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees. Associate in Arts degrees are awarded in the fields of social science, humanities and other related curricula. Associate in Science degrees are awarded in the fields of biological or physical sciences and most occupational curricula.

A list of all Skyline Associate degree and Certificate programs, including the courses and units needed for each major, can be found in this catalog under "Associate Degree and Certificate Programs." A minimum of 18 units must be completed in a major. Some majors require the completion of more than 18 semester units.

In addition to completing the course and unit requirements for the major, a student must:

  1. Complete with a grade of "C" or better (or Pass) all courses used to satisfy both core and elective requirements for the major.
  2. Complete 12 units or 50% of the units required for the major, whichever is fewer, at Skyline College

Basic Competency Requirements

Competency requirements exist for the areas of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Students must demonstrate competency according to the following in each of the areas in order to be eligible for the A.A. or A.S. degree.

Note: Satisfactory completion is defined as a grade of C or better.


  1. Satisfactory completion of English 100 or English 105, or equivalent, or higher

Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning

  1. Eligibility for Math 130, 150, 200, 201 or 241 or higher as determined by a Skyline College approved placement test; or
  2. Satisfactory completion of Math 120 or equivalent, or higher; or
  3. Satisfactory completion of any course having at least Math 120 (Intermediate Algebra) as a prerequisite.

Information Literacy

  1. Satisfactory completion of a Skyline College English 100 course or Skyline College English 105 course taken Fall 2011 or thereafter; or
  2. Satisfactory completion of the Skyline College online "Information Literacy Tutorial" (Consult the Skyline Library website for details on completing the online tutorial.); or
  3. Satisfactory completion of an equivalent college level information literacy or information competency course or requirement.

Specific Area Requirements (see College Catalog for details)

  1. American History and Institutions
  2. English
  3. Physical Education (Kinesiology)
  4. Ethnic and Cultural Diversity  

General Education Requirements

General Education is the part of an educational program that introduces students to areas of study that develop breadth of outlook and contribute to balanced development. This general education is complementary to, but different in emphasis from, the specialized education received for a job, a profession, or from focusing on a particular field of study.

General Education is intended to assist students in achieving the following goals:

  1. Developing critical and constructive thinking for problem solving and value discrimination.
  2. Understanding their relationship to their biological, physical, and cultural environment.
  3. Understanding the creative activity of others and participating to some extent in creative activity.
  4. Using basic mechanical, mathematical, and communication skills to solve everyday problems, understand ideas of others, and express ideas effectively.
  5. Developing a code for personal and civic life as a responsible citizen in a democracy.
  6. Maintaining good mental and physical health and social adjustment.


A minimum of 18 units with a minimum of 3 units each in the following sections. Balance of course work may be taken from any section.

SectionMinimum Units Required
Natural Sciences 3 units
Humanities 3 units
Social Sciences 3 units
Language and Rationality 3 units
Personal Development 3 units


Satisfaction of Graduation Requirements by Examination

Some of the course requirements for the A.A. or A.S. degree may be satisfied by examination in accordance with regulations established by the college.

Changes in State Regulations Governing Community Colleges

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 shown 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 towards the Associate degree.)

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