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    Irvine Valley College
   
 
  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog: August 2017 Edition

Graduation Requirements


  • Earning a Certificate     
    • Waiver of Certificate Requirements, Application for Evaluation, Certificates of Achievement, Certificates of Proficiency
  • Earning an Associate Degree    
    • Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees, Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T), Multiple Majors
  • Associate Degree Graduation Requirements
    • Filing Deadlines, CSU GE Breadth and IGETC Certification, Commencement, Second Degree Requirements

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

The South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees, upon the recommendation of the faculty of Irvine Valley College, will confer the associate degree upon completion of the following requirements:

  1. Major Requirement
    Complete the courses required for the associate degree major (AA or AS), or the associate degree for transfer (AA-T or AS-T).  A grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P” is required for all courses to be counted toward the major. Students may apply courses to fulfill both major requirements and general education requirements. 
  2. Unit Requirement
    Complete a minimum of 60 units of credit. Courses numbered 1-299 at IVC are applicable toward the Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degrees; however, IVC courses numbered 200-299 are typically nontransferable to UC and CSU and may not apply toward the AA-T or AS-T degrees. Students may count only one English course below transfer-level freshman composition (Writing 201 at IVC) as credit toward the associate degree. Writing 1 is the first transfer-level composition course.
  3. Scholarship Requirement
    Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all units attempted at Irvine Valley College and a combined 2.0 grade point average including all work transferred to the college except basic skills courses. A grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P” is required for all courses to be counted toward the major (AA, AS, AA-T, or AS-T).
  4. Residency Requirement (AA, AS)
    Complete a minimum of 12 units, of the 60 total semester units, in residence at Irvine Valley College.
  5. General Education Requirements
    Students are urged to consult an IVC counselor for assistance in forming an educational plan prior to choosing their general education pattern and degree. Students may apply courses to fulfill both major requirements and general education requirements.
    Complete A, B, or C:
    1. The Irvine Valley College Associate Degree General Education Requirements (2017-18 Associate Degree General Education Requirements ), or
    2. The California State University General Education Breadth Certification Pattern (2017-18 CSU General Education Requirements ), or
    3. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (2017-18 IGETC Requirements ).
      NOTE: For the most current version of these charts, please consult a counselor. Students pursuing an AA-T or AS-T must choose option B or C above. See AA-T/AS-T requirements below.
  6. Competency Requirement (AA, AS)
    Writing Competency Requirement: Complete WR 1 with a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P.”
    AND
    Mathematics Competency Requirement: Complete MATH 253 (Intermediate Algebra) or a higher-level course in mathematics with a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” or “P.”

Instructions For AA-T and AS-T Majors:

To earn an Associate in Arts or Science for Transfer, you must complete the following requirements:

  1. Complete 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. 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.
  3. Complete units in the major as detailed in the degree section of this catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. 
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth pattern (2017-18 CSU General Education Requirements ); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum pattern (2017-18 IGETC Requirements ). For the most current version of these charts, please consult a counselor.

 

Filing Deadlines:
Degrees and Certificates

Fall 2017:   September 1, 2017
Spring 2018:   February 1, 2018
Summer 2018:   June 1, 2018

Deadlines are subject to change without notice.

Online applications are available on MySite. Applications submitted after a deadline date are included in the next semester. Online applications for CSU GE Breadth or IGETC certification have no filing deadlines and are processed when coursework is completed. For information about applying for CSU GE Breadth and IGETC certification, below.

Students must submit their online application for graduation with the Office of Admissions and Records by February 1, 2018, to participate in the May 2018 commencement ceremony. Information about graduation, including application deadlines, is available online on the admissions page of the college’s website: admissions.ivc.edu

Students applying for Associate in Arts for Transfer or Associate in Science for Transfer degrees should check application deadlines with the Office of Admissions and Records. Online applications submitted after a deadline date are included in the next semester. 

Online applications for CSU GE Breadth or IGETC certification have no filing deadlines and are processed when coursework is completed. Please note that students who receive CSU GE Breadth and IGETC certifications also receive a certificate of achievement and are eligible to participate in commencement. Students who wish to attend commencement should apply by February 1, 2018.

CSU GE Breadth and IGETC Certification

To earn an associate degree, students must complete a set of general education requirements. Fulfilling the Irvine Valley College general education requirements for the associate degree is one option available to students pursuing the AA or AS degree. Many students-especially those who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university-opt to fulfill their lower-division general education requirements by completing either the California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth Certification pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC). Students who complete either of these general education patterns must have their work officially certified by the Office of Admissions and Records. 

Filing an Application for CSU GE Breadth or IGETC Certification

Certification for CSU and IGETC is not awarded automatically. Students who expect to complete transfer certification must log on to MySite and submit an online application with the Office of Admissions and Records in the semester that certification is to be completed. Official transcripts from other colleges must be on file or included when filing an application. Official high school transcripts should also be filed for IGETC certification. Online applications for certification have no filing deadlines and are processed when coursework is completed. Students who complete CSU GE Breadth or IGETC certification will also receive a certificate of achievement in CSU GE Breadth or IGETC certification. Those wishing to participate in the May commencement ceremony should familiarize themselves with commencement deadlines and guidelines. Information about graduation, including application deadlines, is also available online on the admissions page of the college’s website: www.ivc.edu. For the CSU certification pattern, see 2017-18 CSU General Education Requirements . For the IGETC pattern, see 2017-18 IGETC Requirements . For the most current version of these charts, please consult a counselor.

Submitting an Application for Graduation

Associate degrees are not awarded automatically.  Students who expect to graduate from the college must log on to MySite and submit an online application for a degree with the Office of Admissions and Records.  Students who apply for degrees or certificates by February 1, 2018, will be evaluated for participation in May commencement ceremonies. Responsibility for filing this application rests with the student, and transcripts for all college work attempted must be on file for the application to be accepted. 

Commencement

Commencement is held once a year, in May, for students who have completed the requirements for their degree or certificate of achievement any semester during the year, including the prior summer session.  Students must submit their online application for graduation with the Office of Admissions and Records by February 1, 2018, to participate in the May commencement ceremony.  Information about graduation, including application deadlines, is available online on the admissions page of the college’s website: www.ivc.edu.

Second Degree Requirements

Students with Baccalaureate Degrees or Higher Degrees

Students seeking an associate degree after having previously received a baccalaureate (or higher) degree may qualify for a second degree by

  1. Completing those general education requirements for which equivalents have not been completed;
  2. Completing a minimum of 12 units in residence;
  3. (a) Meeting the minimum requirements of the major and
    (b) Completing at least 12 of the required units in the second major that are separate and distinct from the required units of their first major; and
  4. Achieving a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or above for all units counted toward the degree.

Students who have previously earned the equivalent of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS) from a foreign educational institution will be evaluated on an individual basis. See a counselor for further assistance.

Transfer Credit from Foreign Institutions

Students seeking evaluation of foreign coursework must provide a transcript evaluated by an accredited evaluation and translation service (see the Counseling Center or International Student Center for referrals). Students must turn in the official evaluation to the Office of Admissions and Records for inclusion in their record and then schedule an appointment with the Counseling Center so that their transfer work may be evaluated. Coursework from foreign institutions cannot be used for CSU GE Breadth or IGETC certification except to validate the foreign language requirement.

Students with Associate Degrees from Other Colleges

Students seeking a second associate degree after having previously received an associate degree from another college may qualify for a second degree by

  1. Completing those general education requirements for which equivalents have not been completed;
  2. Completing a minimum of 12 units in residence;
  3. (a) Meeting the minimum requirements of the major and
    (b) Completing at least 12 of the required units in the second major that are separate and distinct from the required units of their first major; and
  4. Achieving a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or above for all units counted toward the degree.

Students with Prior Degrees from Irvine Valley College

Students seeking a second associate degree after having previously received an associate degree from Irvine Valley College may qualify for an additional degree if

  1. They have completed those general education requirements for which equivalents have not been completed;
  2. (a) They have met the minimum requirements for the second major and
    (b) At least 12 of the required units in the second major are separate and distinct from the required units of their first major; and
  3. They have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or above for all units counted toward the degree.