Earning an Associate Degree
Note: This section contains information about earning a degree. To view a list of all available IVC degrees, visit Program, Degree and Certificate List in Alphabetical Order .
Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) Degrees
Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees are designed for students who want to earn a two-year college degree, whether to enter directly into professional programs, career/technical training or specific employment; to achieve a personal or career goal; or to prepare for transfer to the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU), or a private or out-of-state university. Students who plan to transfer are encouraged to complete an associate degree. It may improve job opportunities while the student completes their education.
Students who intend to earn an associate degree prior to transfer are advised to consult with the counseling faculty as early as possible to develop an appropriate educational plan to achieve their academic goals and degree and their transfer objectives. This is especially important because different transfer institutions require specific general education patterns and lower-division courses to fulfill major requirements.
Graduation requirements for an associate degree are explained here: 2020-21 Associate in Arts Degree General Education Requirements and 2020-21 Associate in Science Degree General Education Requirements . For the most current version of this chart, please consult a counselor.
Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)
California Community Colleges are now offering associate degrees for transfer to the CSU. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California community college students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system. Also, students may be given priority consideration for admission to specific CSU campuses or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses. Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T are able to complete their remaining requirements for the 120-unit baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.
Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.
At the time of catalog publication, a student may earn an AA-T or AS-T in one of more than 28 different majors. To view a full list, visit Program, Degree and Certificate List by Degree Type and scroll down to the AA-T or AS-T section. See a counselor and visit adegreewithaguarantee.com or www.ivc.edu/catalog for more information and updates.
Requirements for the AA-T and AS-T Degrees
The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:
- Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
- Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an “AA-T” or “AS-T” major as detailed in the degrees section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or “P” or better. (Title 5 § 55063).
- Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (2020-21 CSU General Education Requirements ); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern (2020-21 IGETC Requirements ). For the AS-T in Biology, students may follow the IGETC or CSU GE Breadth for STEM. For Environmental Science, students may use the IGETC for STEM in order to meet the 60 transferable units. For the most current version of these charts, please consult a counselor.
For AA and AS degrees, students may elect to complete the requirements for more than one departmental major under the following conditions:
- The student must meet the minimum requirements for each major; and
- At least 12 of the required units in a major must be separate and distinct from the required units of the other major.
Multiple majors earned under one degree in the same semester/term will be posted as one degree with multiple majors on the student’s official transcript and diploma.