Option I

An A.A. degree may be earned upon the completion of the equivalent of two full-time years of college work. Listed below are the requirements for all options…


Option I—A.A. Degree Program

Option I Target Students

Designed for students who wish to complete a specific area of concentration or complete a Certificate of Achievement and an A.A. degree. This option may also be used for students wishing to complete a general studies major. While primarily for students who do not intend to transfer, it may be used to transfer to some independent colleges. See a Coastline counselor for more information.

General Education Requirements

Completion of 18 units in the specific courses listed in Groups A-E. Students may select courses from any sub-area under each specific group. One course may not be used to satisfy more than one general education requirement; however, the same course may be used to satisfy both a general education and a major requirement.

Major Requirements

May be satisfied in one of the following ways:

Certificate Program

Completion of all courses required for a Coastline Certificate of Achievement or completion of all courses required in a certificate program, of at least 18 units, offered at an accredited institution.

Area of Concentration

Completion of at least 18 units in a single discipline or related disciplines:

  • Business
  • Communications
  • Computers
  • Fine Arts
  • Humanities
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

A student education plan must be developed with a counselor and placed on file prior to petitioning for graduation.

Licensure Credit

May constitute the major if credit awarded equals a minimum of 18 units.

General Studies

Completion of at least 36 units listed in groups A-E, to include the specific requirements listed in group A; at least six units each in Groups B, C and D; and at least three units in group E. Courses meet both the major and general education requirements.

Courses numbered below 100 do not count toward the Associate degree.***

Group A: Basic Subjects

Choose one course from each area:

Area Courses within Area
A1 Communications 100, Speech 100 or 103 or 110
A2 English Competency*: Passing English 099 or English 100 or 135 with a grade of C or better
A3 Math Competency*: Passing the Math Placement Test or completion of one year of high school algebra with a grade of C or better, or passing one of the following courses with a C or better: Math 010, 020, 030, 070, 100, 103, 104, 105, 106, 115, 120, 140, 150, 160, 170, 180, 185, 225, 226, 280, 285

*** English 099 and Math 010, 020, 030, 070 can be used to meet the English and math competency requirements. They count toward the 60 units required for the A.A. degree, but do not count toward the required general education units. All other courses numbered below 100 do not count toward the A.A. degree.

Group B: Natural Sciences

Complete any three units:

Area Courses within Area
B1 Astronomy 100, 100L*; Chemistry 100, 105, 110*, 130*, 180, 180L*, 185, 185L*; Environmental Studies 100; Geology 100, 110, 130, 140, 141*; Physics 110, 120*, 125*
B2 Biology 100, 101*, 105, 110, 120, 170*, 175; Ecology 100, 105; Marine Science 100, 100L*, 105*

* Laboratory Activity—any science laboratory course (identified by an *)

Group C: Arts and Humanities

Complete any three units:

Area Courses within Area
C1 Arts: Art 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 106, 109, 110A, 110B, 111A, 111B, 117AB, 120, 120A, 120B, 121AB, 122, 122A, 122B, 123, 124, 126, 127AB, 128, 130, 131AD, 132AD, 133AD, 134AD, 135AB, 136AB, 137, 140A, 140B, 147AB, 148AB, 149AB, 150A, 150B, 160AB, 175, 190, 194, 203, 205, 206, 214AB, 215, 221AB, 222A, 222B, 223AB, 224AB, 226, 228AB, 229AB, 230AB, 231AB, 232AD, 233, 235, 236, 237AB, 238AD, 240, 242, 250A, 250B, 260AB, 265AB, 270AB, 273AB; English 164; Music 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 110AB, 111AB, 120A, 120B, 130AB, 131AB, 132AB, 151, 152; Theater 106, 107, 120AD, 150AD
C2 Humanities: American Sign Language 110AB, 111AB; English 101, 102, 103, 126, 140, 144, 145, 164, 177, 180; any Foreign Language 101, 102, 144, 180, 180A, 180B, 183, 185A, 185B, 203, 204, 260, 260A, 260B, 265, 265A, 265B, 280, 280A, 280B, 285, 285A, 285B; Humanities 100, 110, 114, 120, 130; Philosophy 100, 112, 113, 115, 117, 120, 140; Religious Studies 105,110, 140, 140A, 140B, 180

Group D: Social Sciences

Complete any three units:

Area Courses within Area
D1 Anthropology and Archeology: Anthropology 100, 120, 150
D2 Economics: Economics 100, 180, 185
D3 Ethnic Studies: History 122, 124, 128, 130, 160
D4 Gender Studies: History 120
D5 Geography: Geography 100, 150 , 180, 185
D6 History: History 115, 140, 145, 150, 160, 165, 170, 175, 180, 185
D7 Interdisciplinary Social Science: Communications 100; History 108
D8 Political Science: Political Science 100, 110, 120, 130, 140
D9 Psychology: Psychology 100, 115, 118, 120, 148, 170, 250, 280
D0 Sociology: Sociology 100, 110, 120

Group E: Self-Development

Complete any three units:

Courses within Group E
Counseling 100, 105, 110, 120; Dance 101AD, 102AD, 105AD, 106AD, 107AD, 108AD, 110AD, 111AD, 113AD, 114AD, 116AD, 120AD, 124AB, 125AD, 126AD, 130AD, 133AD, 140AD, 141AD, 150AB, 155AB, 160AD, 162, 165AD; English 108 ; Food & Nutrition 170, 175; Gerontology 120; Health Education 100, 175; Leadership 140, 145, 150, 155; Photography 100, 102; Physical Education: any course numbered 100 or above; Psychology 115, 118, 150, 151AB, 152AB, 153AB, 154AB, 155AB, 159, 160, 161AB, 170

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