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Chapter 3. Institutional Operating Standards. Article 2. Admissions and Academic Achievement Standards. Minimum Educational Requirements in Order to Award an Undergraduate Degree.   

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Graduation requirements for an undergraduate degree program shall meet minimum credit requirements and shall include provisions for general education appropriate to the level and type of degree. The institution shall specify the distribution of general education credit requirements by subject area for each undergraduate degree program.

(a) A Bachelor's degree may be awarded to a student whom the institution can document has achieved sequential learning equivalent in general education and equivalent in depth of achievement in a designated major field to that acquired in four years of study beyond high school, as measured by a minimum of 120 semester credits or its equivalent. At least 25 percent of the credit requirements for a Bachelor's degree shall be in general education.

(b) An Associate degree may be awarded only to a student whom the institution can document has achieved sequential learning equivalent to that acquired in two years of study beyond high school, as measured by a minimum of 60 semester credits or its equivalent. Except as provided in subdivision (c) of this section, at least 25 percent of the credit requirements for an Associate degree shall be in general education.

(c) The Specialized Associate degree (Occupational) or the Associate of Applied Science degree may be awarded only to a student who completes at least the learning outcomes equivalent to a minimum of 60 semester credits or the equivalent. A minimum of seventy-five percent of the credits shall be in the occupational area for which training is offered. The general education offered as part of a Specialized Associate degree (Occupational) or an Associate of Applied Science degree program shall be such as is necessary for a student to achieve the educational objectives of the program in which the student is enrolled. General education shall be at the same level of quality as that taught in approved Bachelor's or Associate degree programs.

Authority cited:

Education Code 94803

Education Code 94877

Education Code 94885

Reference:

Education Code 94885

(Amended by Register 2010, No. 47.)