The awarding of an Associate Degree is intended to represent more than an accumulation of units. It is to symbolize a successful attempt on the part of the College to lead students through patterns of learning experiences designed to develop individual capabilities and insights.

Among these are the ability to think and to communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing; to use mathematics; to understand the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines; be aware of other cultures and times; to achieve insights gained through experience in thinking about ethical problems; and to develop the capacity for self-understanding. In addition to these accomplishments, the student shall possess sufficient depth in some field of knowledge to contribute to lifetime interest.

Central to an Associate Degree, General Education is designed to introduce students to the variety of means through which people comprehend the modern world. It reflects the conviction of colleges that those who receive their degrees must possess in common certain basic principles, concepts and methodologies both unique to and shared by the various disciplines. College educated persons must be able to use this knowledge when evaluating and appreciating the physical environment, the culture and the society in which they live. Most importantly, General Education should lead to better self-understanding.

Graduation from Skyline College with the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree requires the completion of at least 60 units, including requirements A through F listed below. Substitutions and waivers for degree requirements may be authorized by petition to the appropriate Division Dean. An application for the degree must be filed in the Office of Admissions and Records within the last two semesters of attendance (refer to calendar for the college year for deadline dates).

Email questions about Degrees or Certificates to Sheldon Carroll

Institutional Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing an A.A./A.S. Degree and/or transfer preparation, students will show evidence of ability in the following core competency areas:

  1. Critical Thinking - Demonstrate critical thinking skills in problem solving across the disciplines and in daily life.
  2. Effective Communication - Communicate and comprehend effectively.
  3. Citizenship - Use knowledge acquired from coursework and campus resources to be ethically responsible, culturally proficient citizens, informed and involved in civic affairs locally, nationally, and globally.
  4. Information Literacy - Demonstrate skills central to information literacy
  5. Lifelong Wellness - Demonstrate an understanding of lifelong wellness through physical fitness and/or personal development.

Requirements for the Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is a designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. At the time of catalog publication, students may earn an Associate Degree for Transfer in Business Administration (AS-T), Kinesiology (AA-T), Mathematics (AS-T), and Psychology (AA-T). Additional majors are being developed. Please see a counselor for more information.


The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T Degrees:

  1. Minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units
  2. Minimum grade point average (GPA) or 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. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an "AA-T" or "AS-T" major as detailed in the Degrees/Certificates section of the catalog.  All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of C or better or a "P" if the course is taken on a "pass-no pass" basis (title 5 § 55063)

Transfer of Credit and Graduation and/or Certificate Program Requirements for Students Who Transfer among the District's  Colleges or Other Colleges or Universities Outside the District 

The San Mateo County Community College District Board of Trustees has adopted Board Policy 6.26, which provides for reciprocity of course credit among the District's three colleges for purposes of meeting graduation requirements.

  1. Students may transfer from one College within the District to another without penalty, although differences in curriculum offerings among the Colleges may exist.
  2. Individual courses students have taken at a particular College within the District that satisfy an area in the general education pattern, elective, statutory, and/or specific area requirements at one District College shall be accepted by the other District Colleges as satisfying those same requirements.
  3. Students who have completed an entire General Education pattern, electives, residency, competency, statutory and specific area requirements, at one District College shall be determined to have completely fulfilled all area requirements for graduation or certificate programs at any of the District Colleges. Upon transferring to another District College, students shall be required to complete only those courses applicable toward their major for the Associate Degree or Certificate Program.
  4. District students who transfer to another College within the District shall receive full transfer credit for instruction completed in their major field but, in order to graduate, they shall be expected to meet the major-field graduation requirements established by the College to which they have transferred.
  5. Students who have taken course work at more than one of the District's Colleges shall ordinarily be recommended for graduation by the College in which they have taken the majority of their course work. Students who have completed the majority of their course work at a college outside the District must complete a minimum of 12 units and a minimum of 50% of the total units required for the major at one or more the District Colleges in order to be recommended for graduation with the Associate Degree or completion of a Certificate Program.

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