Associate Degree And Certificate Programs

Following are courses of study leading to majors in AA or AS degrees, AA-T or AS-T degrees, and certificate programs. Not all courses in all majors are offered each semester. Many courses listed in these programs will transfer to four-year colleges or universities in satisfaction of lower division requirements; however, an Associate degree does not necessarily complete all lower division requirements for transfer. For specific courses students should confer with their counselors or contact the college to which they intend to transfer.


Skyline College offers three types of certificates. A Certificate of Achievement (generally 8 to 30 units) is awarded in certain occupational fields upon satisfactory completion of a specific course of study in a state-approved program. Students must complete with a grade of “C” or better (or Pass) all courses used to satisfy both core and elective requirements for the certificate. Certificates of Achievement are posted to a student’s transcript. A Certificate of Specialization (generally 8 to 15.5 units) is awarded in certain occupational fields upon satisfactory completion (minimum 2.0 grade point average) of a specific course of study in a locally-approved program. Certificates of Specialization are not posted to a student’s transcript.

A Skills or Career Certificate (generally fewer than 8 units) is awarded upon successful completion of designated courses in a specific occupational field. Skills and Career Certificates are not posted to a student’s transcript.

Units earned to meet certificate requirements may be applied toward the 60 units required for an AA or AS degree and may also satisfy the major requirement for an Associate’s Degree. Fifty (50) percent of the total units required for the Certificate must be completed at Skyline College.

Certificate requirements for an individual student shall be those listed in the Skyline College Catalog at the time the student’s studies begin. Those requirements may be followed throughout the student’s course of study as long as the student remains in continuous enrollment. For the purposes of this requirement, continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment in at least one semester each calendar year. If a break in attendance occurs before the certificate is earned, the certificate requirements shall become those listed in the College Catalog which is cur- rent at the time the student’s studies are resumed.

A student may earn multiple Certificates from Skyline College. Each Certificate of Achievement will be posted to the student’s academic record and the student will receive a Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Specialization, Skills Certificate or Career Certificate for each certificate earned. Courses used to meet requirements for one certificate may be used to meet requirements for additional certificates.

Graduation Requirements for AA or AS Degree in Career Programs

American History & Institutions (6 units)

Major (18 units)

General Education (19 units)

Physical Education (2 courses Basic Competency in English, Mathematics, and Information Literacy)

Total units: 60

Note: See Associate Degree Requirements section for specific details.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information

Final regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010 [75 FR 66665 and FR 66832], by the U.S. Department of Education, require all institutions that participate in the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV-eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation. Skyline College’s report on educational programs leading to gainful employment is available at