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About the Associate Degree:

The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science Degrees can be earned at Santa Rosa Junior College. Requirements for graduation with an Associate Degree are prescribed by the California Community College System and the Board of Trustees of Santa Rosa Junior College.

It is the student's responsibility to file a Petition to Graduate by the deadline date during the semester in which he/she plans to complete the requirements. Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended should be submitted as part of the graduation evaluation process. Applicants are notified by mail of their eligibility for the degree.

Associate Degree Requirements:

A student must fulfill all of the following requirements in order to receive an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science degree:
  • A General Education Pattern
    Students may choose one of three options for meeting the General Education requirements toward earning an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Sciences Degree at Santa Rosa Junior College:

    • Option A: Complete the 23 units of the Associate Degree General Education course requirements and the math competency requirement. OR

    • Option B: Complete the California State University (CSU) General Education course requirements (eligibility for full certification of 39 units). OR

    • Option C: Complete the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) (eligibility for full certification).

  • A Major
    To receive an Associate Degree a student must complete a major course of study of at least 18 college units from the SRJC list of approved majors. A major provides coherence, focus, depth, sequencing, and synthesis of learning. A course may be used to satisfy both a General Education requirement and a major requirement (Title 5, 55806). Within the major, a course may not be used more than one time to meet a major requirement.

  • A Minimum Number of Degree Units
    A student must complete a minimum of 60 units in courses numbered 1-299. (Courses numbered 300-899 are designed to meet a variety of student needs and are not applicable toward Associate Degree requirements. Students should plan their course of study carefully with the assistance of a college counselor.)

  • A Minimum Number of Units Taken in Residence
    A student must be enrolled during the semester in which the degree is granted. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Santa Rosa Junior College.

  • A Minimum Standard of Scholarship
    A student must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 ("C") or better in all Santa Rosa Junior College and transferred course work submitted toward the Degree. For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Catalog Rights:

Requirements for an Associate Degree are determined according to the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment. In order to maintain catalog rights, a student must be in continuous enrollment; that is, enrollment in at least one credit course during each successive academic year.

For the purpose of catalog rights, the academic year begins each fall and ends with the subsequent summer session. When a break in enrollment occurs, degree requirements are determined according to the catalog in effect when continuous enrollment is resumed.

Continuous Enrollment:

Students who do not remain in continuous enrollment are subject to all academic policies and requirements as stated in the College Catalog in effect at the time of their resumption of enrollment. Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in at least one credit course during each successive academic year.

Degree Honors:

Degree honors are determined by the student's overall grade point average (GPA) and includes transfer work submitted to SRJC. A student who has maintained a GPA between 3.20 and 3.39 will be graduated with honors; 3.40 and 3.59, with high honors; and 3.60 or higher, with highest honors.

Multiple Majors:

It is possible for a student to be awarded more than one major upon graduation providing that all requirements are met for each major. For multiple majors, a single diploma with all majors listed will be issued. If one major leads to an Associate in Arts and the other to an Associate in Science, two diplomas will be issued.

Additional Associate Degrees:

Students who already possess an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from Santa Rosa Junior College may be awarded an additional degree upon completion of the following:

  1. All requirements in a major in a different field of study. Previous coursework may be used.
  2. Twelve units in residence at Santa Rosa Junior College after conferral of the previous degree.
  3. Any new areas of General Education in effect at the time the student re-enrolls if there has been a break in enrollment.

Students seeking an Associate Degree after having received an Associate Degree from another regionally accredited community college may be awarded an additional Associate Degree upon completion of the following:

  1. All requirements in a major in a different field of study. Previous coursework may be used.
  2. Twelve units in residence at Santa Rosa Junior College.
  3. Santa Rosa Junior College General Education areas not fulfilled at the previous institution.

Students who already possess a Bachelor's Degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education may be awarded an Associate Degree upon completion of the following:

  1. All requirements in a major in a different field of study. Previous coursework may be used.
  2. Twelve units in residence at Santa Rosa Junior College.
  3. A Bachelor's Degree or higher from a regionally accredited college in the United States will be accepted as fulfilling the Santa Rosa Junior College General Education requirements for graduation.