Associate Degree Requirements

Graduation from Skyline College with the Associate in Arts Degree or Associate in Science Degree is based upon the completion of 60 units, including the requirements one through nine listed below. An application for the degree must be filed in the Office of Admissions and Records during the last semester of attendance.

ATTENTION: This checklist is a guide to help you in selecting courses and keeping track of your progress. You are strongly encouraged to meet with your counselor to review your selections and to complete a Student Education Plan, which will assist you in keeping track of your progress and in reaching your educational goals.

1. RESIDENCE

A minimum of 12 completed units must be Skyline College courses.

2. GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA) REQUIREMENT

a. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required in all degree-applicable coursework.
b. All coursework transferred into SMCCCD, except non-degree applicable and upper division courses, will be evaluated to meet graduation requirements and will become part of the overall GPA.
c. The GPA from courses taken in SMCCCD and those courses from outside SMCCCD will be used in the calculation for graduation. Honors and Phi Theta Kappa are calculated and recorded at each college.

3. BASIC COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS

Note: Satisfactory completion is defined as a grade of C or better.
* Equivalent courses taken outside of the SMCCCD must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university within the United States. Students must seek course approval and provide verification of course equivalency using the Skyline College Prerequisite Equivalency Petition or the official Transcript Evaluation Service.

WRITING/READING

a. Satisfactory completion of English 100 or English 105, or equivalent, or higher *; or
b. Score of 3, 4, or 5 on one of the following College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Tests: English Language and Composition or English Literature and Composition.

MATHEMATICS/QUANTITATIVE REASONING

When applying for graduation from Skyline College based on the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 Skyline College catalogs, a student may, in alignment with Title V 55063 policy during these catalog years, use their multiple measures assessment to demonstrate they have satisfied the Associate Degree Math Competency Requirement.

a. Satisfactory completion of MATH 120, MATH 190, or equivalent; or 
b. Satisfactory completion of any course having MATH 120 (Intermediate Algebra) or MATH 190 (Path to Statistics) as a prerequisite*; or
c. Score of 3, 4, or 5 on College Board Advanced Placement Tests (AP): Calculus AB, or Calculus BC, or Statistics; or 
d. Score of 23 or higher on the American College Test (ACT) for Math; or
e. Score of “Standard Exceeded” on the High School (CAASPP) Test for Math; or
f. Score of 4 or higher on International Baccalaureate Exam (IB) for Math HL; or
g. Score of 550 or higher on the College Board (SAT) Math Test; or
f. Score of 50 or higher on the CSU Math Placement Test (ELM).

Approved by the Skyline College Educational Policy Committee – April 6, 2021

INFORMATION LITERACY

a. Satisfactory completion of a Skyline College English 100 or English 105 course taken Fall 2011 or thereafter; or
b. Satisfactory completion of the Skyline College online “Information Literacy Tutorial” (Consult the Skyline Library website at www.skylinecollege.edu/library for details on completing the online tutorial.); or
c. Satisfactory completion of an equivalent college-level information literacy or information competency course or requirement.

4. MAJOR REQUIREMENT

A minimum of 18 units must be completed in a major. Some majors require the completion of more than 18 semester units. In addition to completing the course and unit requirements for the major, a student must:

  • Complete with a grade of “C” or better (or Pass) all courses used to satisfy both core and elective requirements for the major.
  • Complete 12 units or 50% of the units required for the major, whichever is fewer, at Skyline College.

Note: Specific requirements for majors may be found in the Skyline College Catalog under “Associate Degree and Certificate Programs.”

5. ETHNIC AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY
The Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Requirement has changed effective 2021-2022. Please see General Education Area F - Ethnic Studies.
6. AMERICAN HISTORY AND INSTITUTIONS

One course of 3 units from Group A and either Group B1 or Group B2 for a total of 6 units. One course may be applied to the General Education requirement in Social Sciences.

Note: Group B2 completes the E1 requirement for students who have satisfied only the U.S. History part of the requirement at another institution.

Group A: U.S. History & U.S. Government: HIST 108, 201, 202, 235, 244 LEGL 275† PLSC 210

Group B1: State & Local Government: HIST 240 310 PLSC 301

or Group B2: U.S. Government/State & Local Government: PLSC 200

*†LEGL 275 meets US-2 (US Government) only effective Fall 2014

7. PHYSICAL EDUCATION (KINESIOLOGY)

Two activity courses in PE (Kinesiology) are required. However, this requirement may be waived or modified for students in the following categories:

a. Graduates of accredited community colleges, other colleges, or universities.
b. Veterans with one or more years of service who have submitted a DD214.
c. Persons who successfully petition the Dean of Kinesiology, Dance and Athletics for a medical waiver or modification based on being restricted or unable to successfully complete any of the curricular offerings as certified by a licensed physician due to a medical condition.

Note: The following courses offered through the Kinesiology, Dance and Athletics division are not activity based and therefore may not be used to satisfy the Physical Education requirement: DANC 100; KINE 100, 305 and 510; and P.E. 105, 152, 301 and 302.

8. GENERAL ELECTIVES

Additional courses to meet the minimum 60 units degree requirement (non-degree applicable courses do not meet this requirement).

9. GENERAL EDUCATION       19 units required

See General Education (GE) Areas A through F below.
Important: Although a course may be listed in more than one area, a student may use a course to satisfy only one subject area.

A. ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION AND CRITICAL THINKING (6 units required; 3 units from Area A2 and 3 units from Area A1 or A3)

Advising Note: Students who intend to use courses from Areas A1, A2 or A3 to meet CSU and/or UC minimum admissions requirements will need to complete these courses with grades of “C” or better. Students are advised to check with their Skyline College counselor for further information.

A1: Oral Communication COMM 110, 127, 130, 140, 150

A2: Written Communication ENGL 100, 105, 110

A3: Critical Thinking

Note: The Business, Computer Science, Mathematics and Psychology courses listed here meet CSU GE area B4.

BUS. 120, 123 COMP 262 ENGL 110, 165 MATH 130, 150, 200, 201, 211, 222, 225, 241, 242, 243, 251, 252, 253, 270, 275 PHIL 103, 200 PSYC 171

B. SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY (4 units required; one course from Area B1 or B2. Must include one lab course as indicated by *)

B1: Physical Science (see notes under *B3 Lab)

ASTR 100, 101* CHEM 112*, 114*, 192*, 210*, 220*, 234 & 237*, 235 & 238*, 410* ENVS 100 GEOG 100, 101*, 106* GEOL 100, 105, 106*, 210*, 220* OCEN 100, 101* PHYS 105, 106*, 114*, 210*, 220*, 250*, 260*, 270*

B2: Life Science (see notes under *B3 Lab)

ANTH 125, 127* BIOL 101*, 110*, 111*, 130, 140, 145, 150, 170, 171*, 215*, 230*, 240*, 250*, 260* BTEC 170, 171* ENVS 100, 101*  PSYC 220

* B3 Lab: Courses identified with an “*”. Note: All one unit lab courses must be successfully completed concurrently or after 3 unit lecture companion courses.

Note: The following are the same courses: BIOL 170 and BTEC 170; BIOL 171 and BTEC 171; GEOG 106 and GEOL 106.

C. ARTS AND HUMANITIES (3 units required; one course from Area C1 or C2.)

Note: The following are the same courses: ART 115 and MUS. 115; ECE. 191 and LIT. 191; HIST 335 and PLSC 335; PHIL 280 and PLSC 280.

C1: Arts ART 101, 102, 105, 107, 115, 120, 130, 171, 175, 221, 350 DANC 100, 102 MUS. 100, 105, 115, 202, 204, 205, 206, 240, 250, 275, 276, 277, 301, 470

C2: Humanities ARBC 111, 112 ART 117 ASL 100, 110, 111, 112 CHIN 111, 112, 121, 122 DANC 102 ECE. 191 ENGL 110, 161 FILI 110, 120 FILM 100 HIST 100, 101, 104, 106, 108, 109, 201, 203, 240, 244, 248, 335, 410, 435, 462, 463, 464 LIT. 101, 155, 191, 201, 202, 221, 231, 232, 251, 266, 267, 370, 432 MUS. 276, 277 PHIL 100, 160, 240, 280, 300, 312, 320 PLSC 280, 335 SOCI 341 SPAN 110, 111, 112, 120, 130, 140, 160, 220, 230

D. SOCIAL SCIENCES (3 units required)

Note: The following are the same courses: ECE. 201 and PSYC 201; HIST 335 and PLSC 335; KINE 330 and PSYC 330; PHIL 280 and PLSC 280; PSYC 110 and SOCI 110.

ADMJ 100 ANTH 110, 150, 155, 165, 170, 180, 360 BUS. 100, 101 COMM 150, 160 ECE. 201, 212 ECON 100, 102, 210 ETHN 142 GEOG 110, 150 HIST 100, 101, 104, 106, 108, 109, 201, 202, 203, 235, 240, 244, 248, 310, 335, 435, 436 JOUR 110 KINE 330, 510 LEGL 275 PHIL 280 PLSC 115, 130, 200, 210, 280, 301, 315, 320, 335 PSYC 100, 110, 200, 201, 220, 230, 268, 300, 310, 330, 410 SJS 110, 130, 140 SOCI 100, 105, 110, 141, 143, 160, 201, 341 SOSC 270

E. LIFELONG LEARNING & SELF DEVELOPMENT (Up to 3 units of course work in Area E may be applied towards completion of General Education Requirements, or students may select an additional 3 units of General Education from Areas A-D above.)

Note: ECE. 201 and PSYC 201 are the same course

E1: BIOL 310 BUS. 101 COUN 100 CRER 137, 665 ECE. 201 HSCI 100, 130 KINE 300, 305, 330 P.E. 105 PSYC 100, 110, 200, 201, 310, 330 SOCI 110, 160 WELL 718

E2: Physical Education Activity Courses (maximum of 2 units may apply to General Education requirements)

ADAP 358, 359 COMB 105.1-105.3, 301, 302, 401.1-401.4, 404.1-404.4 DANC 117.1-117.2, 121.1-121.4, 125.1-125.4, 130.1-130.4, 140.1-140.4, 150.1-150.2, 151.1-151.4, 152.1-152.4, 157.1-157.4 161, 162, 163, 164, 172.1-172.4, 330.1-330.4, 350.1-350.4, 391, 395.1-395.4, 400.1-400.4, 410.1-410.4, 665 FITN 106, 107, 112.1-112.4, 116.1-116.4, 166.1-166.4, 199.1-199.2, 201.1-201.4, 219.1-219.4, 301.1-301.4, 304.1-304.4, 305.1-305.4, 308.1-308.4, 314.1-314.4, 332.1-332.4, 334.1-334.4, 335.1-335.4, 400.1-400.4 INDV 101.1-101.4, 121.1-121.4, 126, 160.1-160.4, 251.1-251.4, TEAM 100, 111.1-111.4, 112, 116, 117, 132.1-132.4, 141.1-141.4, 148.1-148.4, 179, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197, 198, 199, 201 VARS 100, 110, 150, 200, 300, 340, 342, 350, 360

F. ETHNIC STUDIES (3 units required)

ETHN 103, 108, 142