Certificates & Degrees Defined

What is a Degree?

Mt. San Antonio College offers both Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees. In general, the Associate in Science degrees are two-year occupational degrees that prepare students for a variety of career and technical fields. The Associate in Arts degrees, while not intended specifically for transfer, are two-year degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences that provide for broad exploration of a specific area of emphasis. In many cases and with appropriate academic advising, students obtaining the Associate in Arts degree will find that they have a solid foundation for further postsecondary study should they wish to transfer at a later date. The Associate in Arts for Transfer and Associate in Science for Transfer degrees are designed to provide students with a seamless transition for transfer with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system.

Mt. San Antonio College currently offers 89 Associate and Transfer Degrees. These programs of study appeal to a diversity of interests reflecting industry needs and career trends to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to earn a degree, transfer to a four-year college/university or prepare for employment.

  • Transfer degrees are Associate in Arts for Transfer degrees and Associate in Science for Transfer degrees.
  • Associate degrees are Associate in Science degrees and Associate in Arts degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences with Emphases.

What is a Certificate?

Mt. San Antonio College offers two different types of certificates for credit programs of study:

  • Skills Certificates are certificates of less than 18 units in various occupational areas. Although the awarding of Skills Certificates is not noted on a student’s official transcript, the student may apply for and receive a documentation certificate from the college that may be of value in documenting knowledge and skills to potential employers. In many cases, entry-level Skills Certificates may be part of a ladder-track of increasing levels of preparation in an occupational area, and courses used to complete them may form a core of requirements that are augmented as students pursue higher levels of proficiency toward a Certificate of Achievement.
  • Certificates of Achievement are certificates of at least 18 units and awarded for completion of an approved program of study meeting requirements of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office in terms of total unit values and other criteria. The possession of such a certificate is favorably recognized by business and industry and is frequently a requirement for professional advancement. The awarding of all Certificates of Achievement is noted on a student’s official transcript.

Note: The unit requirement for Skills Certificates is below the number required for some forms of financial aid eligibility. Students should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine whether a particular program of study qualifies for financial aid.

Students who desire help in planning for a vocation or profession, or to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, should seek the advice of a counselor.

Requirements for all certificates include the following:

  • At least 1/2 of the credits earned toward the certificate must be completed at Mt. San Antonio College
  • A grade of “C” or better must be earned in each course to be applied to the certificate

Mt. San Antonio College also awards Certificates of Competency and Occupational Training Certificates of Completion for certain non-credit programs of study. Information on these certificates may be found in the Adult and Continuing Education section of this catalog.

Mt. San Antonio College offers both Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Arts (A.A.) degrees. In general, the Associate in Science degrees are two-year occupational degrees that prepare students for a variety of career and technical fields. The Associate in Arts degrees, while not intended specifically for transfer, are two-year degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences that provide for broad exploration of a specific area of emphasis. In many cases and with appropriate academic advising, students obtaining the Associate in Arts degree will find that they have a solid foundation for further postsecondary study should they wish to transfer at a later date. The Associate in Arts for Transfer and Associate in Science for Transfer degrees are designed to provide students with a seamless transition for transfer with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system.

Mt. San Antonio College currently offers 89 Associate and Transfer Degrees. These programs of study appeal to a diversity of interests reflecting industry needs and career trends to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to earn a degree, transfer to a four-year college/university or prepare for employment.

  • Transfer degrees are Associate in Arts for Transfer degrees and Associate in Science for Transfer degrees.
  • Associate degrees are Associate in Science degrees and Associate in Arts degrees in Liberal Arts and Sciences with Emphases.

Requirements for an Associate Degree

Application for Graduation

The Application for Graduation is the student’s notification to Admissions and Records that he or she has completed all requirements and would like to receive a degree. The Application for Graduation form is available in the Admissions and Records office or online (Application for Graduation). Students should meet with a Counselor to discuss their Education Plan prior to submitting the Application for Graduation.

All students intending to receive a degree must file an Application for Graduation with the Admissions and Records office and have on file all required documents and official transcripts. The deadline dates for submitting the Application for Graduation are as follows:

Fall: deadline to apply for fall graduation is the end of the ninth week.

Winter: deadline to apply for winter graduation is the end of the ninth week of the fall semester.

Spring: deadline to apply for spring graduation is the end of the ninth week.

Summer: deadline to apply for summer graduation is the end of the ninth week of the spring semester.

Students should check the Schedule of Classes in the Key Dates section for specific deadline dates for any given semester. Applications received after the deadline will be processed with the next graduation cycle. Students may apply for graduation one semester prior to completing all required coursework. Once the degree has been conferred, the degree will be posted to the student’s academic record and will appear on the transcript. Students will also receive their diplomas in the mail thereafter. If a student is denied graduation, he or she will be informed in writing.

Multiple Degrees

The Associate in Science degree shall be awarded to those graduates who majored in one of the occupational programs at Mt. San Antonio College. Students may be awarded both an Associate in Science degree and an Associate in Arts degree with the 60 units required for an Associate degree if they have met the requirements for both within the 60 units of earned credit. Each additional degree requires 18 units of course work beyond the 60 units required for the first degree(s), and must include the satisfactory completion of all the required courses in the additional major. Students awarded additional degrees must meet or complete the current general education requirements in effect at the time of re-entry.

Residency Requirement

The Residency Requirement for Mt. San Antonio College can be met in either of two ways:

  1. 12 units in residence and enrollment in the last semester, or
  2. 45 units in residence if the last semester is not at Mt. SAC.

General Education Philosophy Statement

General education is the distinguishing feature of higher education. It is a broadly-based core of humanistic knowledge and abilities, the acquisition of which is the distinctive characteristic of the educated person. General education courses emphasize the ability to reason, to examine issues from different perspectives, to challenge authority, and to communicate ideas logically and confidently. They instill open-mindedness, respect for differences among people, and knowledge of self. By exposing students to different fields of study, general education courses provide an understanding of the human condition and of human accomplishments and encourage a lifelong interest in learning. Together with other Mt. San Antonio College degree requirements, the general education component of the associate degree prepares students to:

  • transfer to and function successfully in a baccalaureate degree-granting institution;
  • enter the work force as a competent, productive citizen;
  • live a richer, more rewarding life.

General education courses are not primarily skills-based, nor are they limited to, or more appropriate for, majors in a specialized field of study. Courses that fulfill general education requirements must:

  1. Require post-secondary level skills in reading, writing, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking.
  2. Improve students’ abilities to:
    • communicate oral and written ideas effectively;
    • define problems, design solutions, critically analyze results;
    • use available media to access and retrieve reliable information for data gathering and research;
    • work effectively, both cooperatively and independently;
    • develop and question personal and societal values, make informed choices, and accept responsibility for their decisions;
    • function as active, responsible, ethical citizens;
    • acquire the curiosity and skills essential for lifelong learning.
  3. Impart understanding, knowledge, and appreciation of:
    • our shared scientific, technological, historical, and artistic heritage, including the contributions of women, ethnic minorities, and non-western cultures;
    • the earth’s ecosystem, including the processes that formed it and the strategies that are necessary for its maintenance;
    • human social, political, and economic institutions and behavior, including their interrelationships;
    • the psychological, social, and physiological dimensions of men and women as individuals and as members of society.

Courses that fulfill general education requirements must fall into one of the content categories listed below:

  1. Communication and Critical Thinking
  2. Science and Math
  3. Arts and Humanities
  4. Social Sciences
  5. Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development

Criteria for inclusion in each of the above categories are itemized below:

  1. Communication and Critical Thinking
    These courses emphasize both the content and form of communication. They teach students the relationship of language to logic, as well as how to analyze, criticize, and advocate ideas; to reason deductively and inductively; and to reach sound conclusions. Courses fulfilling this requirement:
    • provide understanding of the psychological and social significance of communication;
    • illustrate how communication operates in various situations;
    • focus on communication from the rhetorical perspective: reasoning, advocacy, organization, accuracy; the discovery, critical evaluation, and reporting of information; reading, listening, speaking, and writing effectively;
    • provide active participation and practice in written and oral communication.
  2. Science and Mathematics
    These courses impart knowledge about living and non-living systems, and mathematical concepts and quantitative reasoning with applications. Courses fulfilling this requirement:
    • promote understanding and appreciation of the methodologies and tools of science;
    • emphasize the influence of scientific knowledge on the development of civilization;
    • impart appreciation and understanding of basic concepts, not just skills;
    • offer specific inquiry into mathematical concepts, quantitative reasoning and application. (See Mt. SAC degree competency requirements.)
  3. Humanities
    These courses cultivate intellect, imagination, sensibility and sensitivity. They encourage students to respond subjectively as well as objectively and to develop a sense of the integrity of emotional and intellectual responses. Courses fulfilling this requirement:
    • study great work of the human imagination;
    • increase awareness and appreciation of the traditional humanistic disciplines such as art, dance, drama, literature, and music;
    • impart an understanding of the interrelationship between creative art, the humanities, and the self;
    • provide exposure to both Western and non-Western cultures;
    • may include a foreign language course that contains a cultural component as opposed to a course that focuses solely on skills acquisition.
  4. Social Sciences
    These courses explore, at the micro and macro-level, the social, political, and economic institutions that underpin society. Courses fulfilling these requirements:
    • promote understanding and appreciation of social, political, and economic institutions;
    • probe the relationship between these institutions and human behavior;
    • examine these institutions in both their historical and contemporary context;
    • include the role of, and impact on, non-white ethnic minorities and women;
    • include both Western and non-Western settings.
  5. Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development
    These courses facilitate an understanding of human beings as integrated physiological, social and psychological organisms. Courses fulfilling this requirement:
    • provide selective consideration of human behavior, sexuality, nutrition, health, stress, implications of death and dying, and the relationship of people to the social and physical environment.

Institutional Level Outcomes (ILOs)

Institutional Level Outcomes (ILOs) are statements about the knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes that students are expected to develop as a result of their overall experiences with any aspect of the college, including courses, programs, departments, and services.  All college personnel directly or indirectly impact the student experience including faculty, administrators, and staff.  The College adopted four ILOs:

  • Communication:  Students effectively communicate with and respond to varied audiences in written, spoken or signed, and artistic forms.

  • Critical Thinking:  Students apply creative, computational, and analytical skills to identify and solve problems, analyze information, synthesize and evaluate ideas, and transform existing ideas into new forms.

  • Information and Technology Literacy:  Students will use resources and technologies to locate, evaluate, synthesize, and communicate information in various formats.

  • Personal, Social, Civic, and Environmental Responsibility:  Students demonstrate awareness and respect for personal, social, civic, and environmental responsibilities.

Program Level Outcomes (PLOs) and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) identify what students will know, think, or do as a result of completing programs and courses.  Administrative Unit Objectives (AUOs) and Student Service Outcomes (SSOs) identify what students will know, think, or do as a result of interactions with operational and support services.   General Education courses are assessed through the discipline-specific SLOs and the comprehensive ILOs.  Outcomes mapping demonstrates the connections among the different levels of outcomes.

Program and Course Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Program and course student learning outcomes are statements that define the knowledge, skills, and perspectives acquired by students who satisfy program and course requirements. It is through the assessment of SLOs that the curriculum will be evaluated for improvements. SLOs will be assessed by faculty who teach courses and oversee programs. The SLOs can be found at SLO by Certificate/Degree/Discipline

Adapted from CSU Executive Order 595 and Title 5 Section 40405.1

Adult & Continuing Education

Adult education courses are designed to support students towards a career or college pathway, as well as to provide developmental, educational, and lifelong learning opportunities. Courses and programs are defined categorically under the California Education Code, Section 84711, whereby state funding is authorized for specific categories. Categories currently provided by Mt. SAC noncredit include: Basic Skills (including tutoring), English as a Second Language (ESL and VESL), Citizenship, Education for Older Adults, Adults with Disabilities, Secondary Education, Short-term Vocational, and additional courses defined as adult education curricula.

A.A. and A.S. Degree Requirements

  • Unit Requirement: Sixty (60) degree-appropriate units. A letter grade of “C” or better is required for each course required for graduation.
  • General Education Requirements: At least 24 units are required which shall include courses in each of the General Education areas, A through E (see lists below).  All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
  • Physical Well-Being Requirement: Complete at least one of the physical education activity courses with the following prefixes: DNCE, KINA, KINF, KINI, KINL, KINS, KINX with a grade of “C” or better or “CR”.
  • Reading Competency: This requirement is met by attaining eligibility for READ 100. Eligibility for READ 100 can be acquired by completing one of the following with a grade of “C” or better.

    1. READ 90 Reading College Texts
         or
         AMLA 33R American Language Advanced Reading
          or
      2.  By obtaining eligibility for READ 100 on the Reading Placement Test.

  • Math Competency: This requirement is met by completing one of the following with a grade of “C” or better.
  • MATH 71 Intermediate Algebra
    or
    MATH 71B Intermediate Algebra - Second Half
    or
    MATH 71X Practical Intermediate Algebra
    or
  • Completing a more advanced college level mathematics course.
    or
  • Obtaining a satisfactory score on the Intermediate Algebra Competency Examination.
  • GPA Requirement: A Mt. San Antonio College “degree” total grade point average, and “all college” total grade point average of 2.0.
  • Residency Requirement: The residency requirement for Mt. San Antonio College can be met in either of two ways:
  • 12 units in residence and enrollment in last semester, or
  • 45 units in residence if the last semester is not at Mt. SAC.
Additional Requirements for the Associate in Science Degree
  • Students must complete all required courses in an approved occupational major with a minimum grade of “C” in all courses.
Additional Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree
  • Students must complete a pattern of 18 or more units from the courses identified within a specific area of emphasis with a minimum grade of “C” in all courses.

Note: All courses used for the A.A. degree majors may be double counted toward the Mt. San Antonio College General Education requirements.

General Education Requirements for 2017-18

Area A: Communication in the English Language

Choose one course from the following3
Freshman Composition
Freshman Composition - Honors
Choose one course from the following:3
Public Speaking
Public Speaking - Honors
Fundamentals of Communication
Professional and Organizational Speaking
Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors

Area B: The Physical Universe and Life

Choose one course from the Physical Sciences or Life Sciences:3
Physical Sciences
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to Astronomy - Honors
Astronomical Observing Laboratory
Geology of the Solar System
Introduction to Stars, Galaxies, and the Universe
Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
Introductory Organic and Biochemistry
Introduction to General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I - Honors
General Chemistry II
General Chemistry II - Honors
Physical Geography
Physical Geography - Honors
Physical Geography Laboratory
Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors
Physical Geology
Geology of California
Earth Science
Earth Science - Honors
Earth Science Laboratory
Environmental Geology
Natural Disasters
Weather and the Atmospheric Environment
Weather and Atmospheric Environment Laboratory
Introduction to Oceanography
Introduction to Oceanography - Honors
Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory
Energy Science
Physical Science
Physics
General Physics
General Physics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Physics
General Physics with Calculus
General Physics with Calculus
Life Sciences
Horticultural Science
Introductory Human Anatomy
Introductory Human Physiology
Human Anatomy
Human Physiology
Biological Anthropology
Biological Anthropology - Honors
Biological Anthropology Laboratory
General Biology
Plant and Animal Biology
Ecology and Field Biology
Biology for Majors
Biology for Majors - Honors
Humans and the Environment
Humans and the Environment Laboratory
Cell and Molecular Biology
Neurobiology and Behavior
Marine Biology
Marine Biology Laboratory
Conservation Biology
Fundamentals of Genetics
Fundamentals of Genetics Lab
Principles of Microbiology
Microbiology
Biological Psychology

Area C: Arts and Humanities

Choose two courses, with at least one from the Arts and one from Humanities:6
Understanding the Visual Arts
Understanding the Visual Arts
History of Women and Gender in Art
History of Women and Gender in Art - Honors
History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Gothic
History of Western Art: Prehistoric Through Gothic - Honors
History of Western Art: Renaissance Through Modern
History of Western Art: Renaissance Through Modern - Honors
History of Modern Art
History of Modern Art - Honors
History of Medieval Art and Architecture
History of Asian Art and Architecture
A History of Greek and Roman Art and Architecture
History of African, Oceanic, and Native American Art
History of Precolumbian Art and Architecture
History of Precolumbian Art and Architecture - Honors
Rome: The Ancient City
Culture and Art of Pompeii
World Architecture I
World Architecture II
Basic Studio Arts
Drawing: Beginning
Design: Two-Dimensional
Beginning Painting I
Art, Artists and Society
Design: Three-Dimensional
Ceramics: Beginning I
Sculpture: Beginning
History and Appreciation of Dance
History of Furniture and Decorative Arts
Fundamentals of Music
Music Literature Survey
Music Literature Survey
History of Jazz
Introduction to Music Appreciation
Introduction to Music Appreciation - Honors
World Music
American Folk Music
Rock Music History and Appreciation
Rock Music History and Appreciation - Honors
History of Photography
Performance of Literature
Introduction to Theater Arts
History of Theater Arts
Principles of Acting I
Humanities
Elementary Arabic
Continuing Elementary Arabic
Elementary Chinese
Continuing Elementary Chinese
Intermediate Chinese
Continuing Intermediate Chinese
English - Introduction to Literary Types
English - Introduction to Literary Types - Honors
Elementary French
Continuing Elementary French
Intermediate French
Continuing Intermediate French
French Culture Through Cinema
Elementary German
Continuing Elementary German
Intermediate German
History of the United States 1
World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern 1
World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern - Honors 1
World History: Early Modern to the Present 1
World History: Early Modern to the Present - Honors 1
History of the United States to 1877 1
History of the United States to 1877 - Honors 1
History of the United States from 1865 1
History of the United States from 1865 - Honors 1
History of Premodern Asia 1
History of Modern Asia 1
The Wild West - A History, 1800-1890 1
History of Mexico 1
History of the African American 1619-1877 1
History of the African American 1
History of Africa 1
Women in American History 1
California History 1
History of the Mexican American 1
The Humanities
Elementary Italian
Continuing Elementary Italian
Intermediate Italian
Continuing Intermediate Italian
Italian Culture Through Cinema
Elementary Japanese
Continuing Elementary Japanese
Intermediate Japanese
Continuing Intermediate Japanese
Advanced Japanese
Elementary Latin
Continuing Elementary Latin
Early American Literature
Modern American Literature
Multicultural American Literature
Survey of English Literature
Survey of English Literature
Survey of Shakespeare
World Literature to 1650
World Literature from 1650
Introduction to Modern Poetry
Introduction to Cinema
African American Literature
Contemporary Mexican American Literature
Introduction to Mythology
Children's Literature
The Bible As Literature: Old Testament
The Bible As Literature: New Testament
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy - Honors
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Ethics - Honors
Major World Religions
Major World Religions - Honors
History of Ancient Philosophy
History of Ancient Philosophy - Honors
History of Modern Philosophy
History of Modern Philosophy - Honors
Political Theory I - Ancient to Contemporary 1
Political Theory II - Early Modern to Contemporary 1
American Sign Language 1
American Sign Language 1 - Honors
American Sign Language 2
American Sign Language 3
American Sign Language 4
American Deaf Culture
Elementary Spanish
Continuing Elementary Spanish
Intermediate Spanish
Continuing Intermediate Spanish
Spanish for the Spanish Speaking
Continuing Spanish for the Spanish Speaking
1

Courses may not be double counted to satisfy more than one area, even if a course is listed in more than one area.

Area D: Social, Political, and Economic Institutions

Choose one course from the following3
History of the United States 1
History of the United States to 1877 1
History of the United States to 1877 - Honors 1
History of the United States from 1865 1
History of the United States from 1865 - Honors 1
History of the African American 1619-1877 1
History of the African American 1
Women in American History 1
History of the Mexican American 1
Introduction to American Government and Politics
Introduction to American Government and Politics - Honors
Latino Politics in the United States
African American Politics
Elective Courses
Choose one course from the following3
Food Production, Land Use, and Politics - A Global Perspective
History of Asian Art and Architecture
History of Precolumbian Art and Architecture
History of Precolumbian Art and Architecture - Honors
Culture and Art of Pompeii
Archaeology
Archaeology
Principles of Cultural Anthropology
General Cultural Anthropology
The Native American
Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics
Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors
Principles of Economics - Microeconomics
Principles of Economics - Microeconomics - Honors
Child, Family, School and Community
Child Growth and Lifespan Development 1
Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors 1
Child and Adolescent Development 1
Dress, Culture, and Identity
Human Geography
Human Geography - Honors
World Regional Geography
The Urban World
Geography of California
Geography of California - Honors
World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern
World History: Prehistoric to Early Modern - Honors 1
World History: Early Modern to the Present 1
World History: Early Modern to the Present - Honors 1
History of Premodern Asia 1
History of Modern Asia 1
The Wild West - A History, 1800-1890 1
History of Mexico 1
History of Africa 1
California History 1
History of Native Americans
Introduction to Mass Media
Race, Culture, Sex, and Mass Media Images
Comparative Politics
Political Theory I - Ancient to Contemporary 1
Political Theory II - Early Modern to Contemporary 1
Introduction to International Relations 1
Environmental Politics
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Psychology - Honors
Developmental Psychology 1
Developmental Psychology - Honors 1
Introduction to Child Psychology 1
Abnormal Psychology
The Psychology of Women 1
Introduction to Electronic Media
Sociology
Sociology - Honors
Contemporary Social Problems
Contemporary Social Problems - Honors
Introduction to Gerontology
Introduction to Criminology
Introduction to Criminology - Honors
Marriage and the Family
Marriage and the Family - Honors
Child Development 1
Sociology of Ethnic Relations
Sociology of Ethnic Relations - Honors
Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Communication - Honors
Interpersonal Communication 1
Interpersonal Communication - Honors 1
Gateway to Communication Studies
1

Courses may not be double counted to satisfy more than one area, even if a course is listed in more than one area.

Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development 

Choose one course from the following3
Chemical Dependency: Intervention, Treatment and Recovery
Contemporary Health Issues
Human Reproduction, Development and Aging
Human Sexuality
Human Sexuality - Honors
Child Growth and Lifespan Development 1
Child Growth and Lifespan Development- Honors 1
Child and Adolescent Development 1
Career and Life Planning
Life Management
Fitness for Living
Exploring Leadership
Nutrition for Health and Wellness
Sports Nutrition
Introduction to Nutrition Science
Introduction to Nutrition Science - Honors
Cultural and Ethnic Foods
Developmental Psychology 1
Developmental Psychology - Honors 1
Introduction to Child Psychology 1
The Psychology of Women 1
Psychology of Sexuality
Psychology for Effective Living
Introduction to Public Health
Child Development 1
Interpersonal Communication 1
Interpersonal Communication - Honors 1
1

Courses may not be double counted to satisfy more than one area, even if a course is listed in more than one area.

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