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Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

Students may graduate from Folsom Lake College with the Associate in Arts (AA) or the Associate in Science (AS) degree by fulfilling the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 60 units of degree-applicable coursework with a "C" (2.0) grade point average (GPA). At least 12 units must be earned at Folsom Lake College. Degree-applicable courses are numbered 100 to 499.
  2. Major: completion of an AA or AS program of study offered at Folsom Lake College with a minimum grade of "C" in each course used for the major. Pass (P) grades at Folsom Lake College are acceptable.
  3. Demonstration of competency in writing, reading, and mathematics.
  4. Completion of Folsom Lake College's general education requirements with a minimum GPA of 2.0 in courses used for general education (21 units minimum) or possession of a bachelor's degree (BA/BS) or higher from a regionally accredited college or university in the US.
  5. Catalog rights: students are held to the graduation requirements established at the time they begin college as long as they maintain their catalog rights.

2021-2022 Graduation Competency Requirements

Demonstrate college-level competence in reading, written expression, and mathematics by completing the following:

  1. Reading Competency (one of the following) –
    • Completion of Folsom Lake College's General Education pattern
    • Completion and certification of the CSU GE Breadth pattern
    • Completion and certification of the IGETC pattern
    • Show proof that reading competency has been met at any California community college
    • Possession of an associate degree (AA/AS) or higher from a regionally accredited college in the US
  2. Written Expression Competency (one of the following) –
    • Completion with a grade of "C" or better of an equivalent college writing course at a regionally accredited college in the US
    • Possession of a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college in the US
  3. Mathematics Competency (one of the following) –
    • Completion with a grade of "C" or better of one of the following: MATH 110, 120, 125, 300, 310, 335, 341, 343, 355, 356, 370, 400, 401, 402, 410, 420; PSYC 330; STAT 300
    • Completion with a grade of "C" or better of an equivalent college math course at a regionally accredited college
    • Obtain a satisfactory score on a mathematics competency examination used district-wide for graduation (exams taken outside of Los Rios are not accepted)
    • Possession of a bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college in the US

2021-2022 General Education Requirements for AA/AS Degrees

Courses that appear in more than one general education area may only be used in one general education area, with the exception of area VI.

I. Humanities

Choose one course for a minimum of three units.
Area Courses
Humanities ANTH 341; ART 300, 304, 312, 320, 323, 361, 370, 372, 390, 402, 430; ARTH 300, 303, 304, 306, 307, 309, 311, 312, 318, 324, 325, 328, 330, 332, 333; COMM 305; DANCE 380; ECE 361, 363; ENGLT 303, 305, 310, 311, 313, 319, 320, 321, 330, 339, 340, 341, 345, 360, 370, 402; ENGWR 301, 481; FREN 401, 402, 411, 412; HIST 307, 308, 310, 311, 331, 344, 368, 398; HUM 300, 301, 310, 320, 325, 332, 370; MUFHL 300, 308, 310, 311, 321, 330, 400, 401, 416; MUSM 370; PHIL 300, 310, 330, 331, 350, 352; PHOTO 420;  SILA 305, 306, 315, 316; SPAN 401, 402, 411, 412; TA 300, 302, 303, 304, 350; TAFILM 300, 303, 304, 330, 360

II. Language and Rationality

Choose two courses. Complete one course (three units minimum) in each area.
Area Courses
a) English Composition BUS 310; ENGWR 300, 480
b) Communication and Analytical Thinking ACCT 301; CISC 310; CISP 300, 360, 400, 440; COMM 301, 311, 315, 331, 361, 363; ENGCW 400, 410, 420, 430; ENGED 305; ENGRD 310; ENGWR 301, 302, 481, 482; GEOG 330; MATH 110, or higher level mathematics course; PHIL 300, 320, 325, 328; PSYC 330, 335; STAT 300

III. Living Skills

Choose one course from area III(a) and a minimum of two units from area III(b), for a minimum of three units total.
Area Courses
a) Physical Education1 Any physical education activity course with a designation of any of the following: DANCE (except DANCE 380, 381, and 382), FITNS, PACT, SPORT, or TMACT, or HEED 351.
b) Life Development Skills BUS 320; BUSTEC 307, 309, 332; CISC 300, 310; COMM 321; DANCE 382; ECE 312, 314, 350, 415; ECON 320; ENGED 320; GERON 340; HEED 300, 351; HCD 310, 315, 318, 330, 345, 375; INDIS 313, 360; KINES 300, 416, 417; LIBR 318; LTAT 310; NUTRI 300, 302; 320, 322; PSYC 340, 356, 368, 370, 372; SOC 310, 341; SWHS 302, 331, 340; WEXP (General or Subject): 198, 498; Field Experience (General or Subject): 393

1 Students with medical excuses on file may enroll in an Adapted Physical Education ( ADAPT) course or be exempt from the physical education activity course requirement. Students receiving an exemption for any reason must complete a minimum of three units in area III(b): Life Development Skills.

IV. Natural Sciences

Choose one course for a minimum of three units.
Area Courses
Natural Sciences ANTH 300, 303; ASTR 300; BIOL 100, 300, 307, 310, 323, 342, 350, 400, 410, 420, 430, 440, 442; CHEM 305, 306, 400, 410, 420, 421; GEOG 300, 306; GEOL 300, 305, 310, 330, 345; NUTRI 300, 340; PS 302; PHYS 310, 311, 350, 411; PSYC 312

V. Social and Behavioral Sciences

Choose two courses. Complete a minimum of three units in each area.
Area Courses
a) American Institutions HIST 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 331; POLS 301
b) Social/Behavioral Sciences ADMJ 300, 302, 320; ANTH 310, 319, 320, 323, 330, 341; BUS 320, 330, 340, 345; COMM 325, 341, 351, 363; ECE 312, 314, 330, 430; ECON 302, 304, 307, 320; ETHNS 300;  GEOG 310; 322; GERON 300; HIST 307, 308, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 319, 331, 344, 368, 398; JOUR 310; NUTRI 310; POLS 301, 302, 310, 320; PSYC 300, 320, 340, 356, 368, 370, 372; SJS 300; SOC 300, 301, 310, 321, 341, 379; SWHS 331

VI. Ethnic/Multicultural Studies

Choose a minimum of three units. These courses may also be used to meet other GE requirements. The effective date and term are listed in parentheses.
Area Courses
Ethnic/Multicultural Studies ADMJ 302 (Summer 2008); ANTH 310 (Spring 2004), 330 (Spring 2004), 341 (Summer 2019); ARTH 312 (Fall 2009), 324 (Fall 2009), 325 (Summer 2020), 328 (Fall 2009), 330 (Fall 2009), 332 (Spring 2004), 333 (Fall 2007); BUS 330 (Spring 2004); COMM 325 (Spring 2004); DANCE 380 (Fall 2010); ECE 430 (Spring 2004); ENGLT 340 (Spring 2004), 345 (Spring 2004), 360 (Spring 2004); ETHNS 300;  GEOG 310 (Spring 2004), 322 (Fall 2012); HIST 308 (Spring 2004), 331 (Fall 2012), 344 (Spring 2004); HUM 320 (Fall 2010), 325 (Fall 2011), 332 (Spring 2004); MUFHL 330 (Spring 2004); NUTRI 310 (Spring 2007); PHIL 352 (Spring 2004); PSYC 356 (Fall 2010), 368 (Spring 2007); SJS 300 (Summer 2020); SOC 301 (Summer 2019), 321 (Spring 2004), 341 (Summer 2018); SWHS 331 (Summer 2018)

Notes

AP, CLEP, and IB Credit

Students should consult a counselor to see if Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores may be used to fulfill GE and major requirements.

Coursework from Other Colleges

Students with coursework from other colleges must ensure that official copies of their transcripts are on file at Folsom Lake College.

Deadlines

Students must petition for a degree by the following deadlines:

  • Summer: third Friday in June
  • Fall: first Friday in October
  • Spring: first Friday in March

Transfer degree (AA-T and AS-T) deadlines may be earlier – consult a counselor.

General Education for Transfer Degrees

For transfer degrees (AA-T or AS-T), students must complete one of the following general education patterns:

  • California State University (CSU) General Education (GE) Breadth Requirements
  • CSU GE Breadth Requirements for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements
  • Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for STEM Requirements

Consult a counselor to determine the appropriate GE pattern for the AA-T or AS-T degree you wish to complete.

Catalog Rights

For the purpose of graduating or earning a certificate from any college in the Los Rios Community College District, a student who attends at least one session (whether quarter, semester, or summer) in each calendar year at any California community college, California State University, University of California, or any regionally accredited institution of higher education, may choose to meet the requirements in effect at the Los Rios college from which the student intends to graduate, as follows:

  • Requirements that were in effect at the time the student was admitted to a Los Rios college
  • Requirements that were in effect at the time the student originally enrolled in an accredited college
  • Requirements that were in effect at the intended date of graduation from a Los Rios college

Please note:

  • A college may authorize or request substitution for discontinued courses.
  • Students who change their major field of study may be required to complete those requirements for the major in effect at the point of change.
  • For purposes of this section, "attendance" means taking classes in at least one session (semester or summer session) in each calendar year. Absence for attendance at another regionally accredited institution shall not be considered an interruption in attendance, per Los Rios Policy P-7242: Establishing Catalog Rights.