Associate in Arts in General Studies

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

The Associate in Arts in General Studies is degree that grants academic recognition for the completion of 90 applicable college level credits. It is not for students intending to transfer to a university/college in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree and does not fulfill the first two years of general education requirements for a Bachelor degree. See Associate in Arts & Sciences Direct Transfer Degree for transfer purposes.

 Associate in Arts Degree:
General Studies

Program Updated: The requirements for this program have been updated for 2017 – 2018.
Please review the changes and consult with your adviser or program manager if you have questions.

Brief Description

The Associate in Arts in General Studies in a degree that grants academic recognition for the completion of 90 applicable college level credits. It is not for students intending to transfer to a university/college in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree and does not fulfill the first two years of general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree. See Associate in Arts & Science Direct Transfer Degree for transfer purposes.

Important Notes and Conditions

  • 90 Applicable College Level Quarter Credits
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA 2.0 Required
  • A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skilled area.
  • The BOLDED numbers below are shared (cross listed) courses with other departments. These courses can count only once for credit [Example: PHIL 201 is same as POLS 201 and may only count as PHIL or POLS] Consult course description in the college catalog or speak with an advisor
  • “P” grade not allowed in Communication Skills, Quantitative, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences.
  • Courses listed below are subject to change; visit Degrees & Certificates for the latest degree updates.

Completion Worksheet

Download the completion worksheet for this certificate [PDF]

Program Requirements

Core Coursework

Requirements Credit Hrs.
COMMUNICATION SKILLS 5
Choose 5 credits from the following:
ENGL& 101 English Composition I (5 CR) 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication (5 Cr) 5
CMST 141 Introduction to Media Writing (5 Cr) 5
CMST& 220 Public Speaking (5 Cr) 5
QUANTITATIVE 5
Choose 5 credits from the following:
BUS 145 Business Mathematics (5 CR) 5
Any math course numbered 100 or above
HUMANITIES 5
Choose 5 credits from the following (*Performance / Skills courses):
Anthropology: 208
Art: 101, 103, 105, 110*, 111*, 112*, 120*, 121*, 150*, 151*, 153*, 154*, 201, 202, 203, 205, 206, 221*, 222*, 225(Cross-Listed), 230*, 235*, 240*, 242*, 245*, 247*, 253*, 254* 256*, 260*, 261*, 280*, 281*
Communication Studies: 101, 105, 106, 107, 115, 119, 120, 121, 131, 132, 133, 134, 136, 138, 141, 143, 144, 145, 146, 151, 161, 163, 202, 210, 216, 220, 241, 250, 260, 261, 280, 285
Cultural and Ethnic Studies: 100, 101, 102, 103(Cross-Listed), 104, 115, 120, 121, 130, 140, 152, 160(Cross-Listed), 180(Cross-Listed), 200, 210, 255, 257, 260(Cross-Listed), 285, 286, 287, 288
Dance: 130*, 131*, 140*, 141*, 151*(Cross-Listed), 152*(Cross-Listed), 201*, 202*, 203*
Drama: 101, 106, 141, 151*, 153*, 154*, 155*(Cross-Listed), 161*, 200, 210, 212, 215, 224, 241, 251*, 252*, 253*, 254*, 256*, 270, 280*, 281*, 284*, 285*
English: 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 131, 210, 215, 219, 220, 221, 223, 224, 225, 226, 228, 229, 237, 238 239, 241, 244 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 253, 254, 255, 260, 261, 263, 264, 265, 266, 276, 279
History: 101, 102, 103, 110, 115, 120(Cross-Listed), 146, 147, 148, 150, 185, 207, 209, 210, 211, 212, 214, 223, 230(Cross-Listed), 236, 242, 245, 246, 250, 261(Cross-Listed), 280(Cross-Listed)
Humanities: 224, 230
Music: 100*, 101*, 102*, 103*, 104*, 105, 106*, 107, 109*, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 120*, 126*, 130*, 131*, 132*, 135*, 136*, 139*, 140*, 143*, 150, 151, 152, 153, 156, 157, 158, 200*, 203*, 205*, 206*, 210, 211, 212, 240*, 243*
Philosophy: 101, 102, 112, 115, 122, 145, 160, 201(Cross-Listed), 225(Cross-Listed), 247, 248(Cross-Listed), 260(Cross-Listed), 265, 267
Arabic: 121, 122, 123
American Sign Language: 121, 122, 123, 221, 222, 223
Chinese: 121, 122, 123, 221, 222, 223
French: 121, 122, 123, 131, 132, 133, 221, 222, 223, 231, 232, 233
German: 121, 122, 123, 221, 222, 223
Italian: 121, 122, 123
Japanese: 121, 122, 123, 221, 222, 223
Spanish: 121, 122, 123, 221, 222, 223
SOCIAL SCIENCES 5
Choose 5 credits from the following:
Anthropology: 100, 106, 180(Cross-Listed), 204, 206, 208, 209, 211, 212, 219, 220, 222, 224, 228, 232, 234(Cross-Listed), 235, 236
Business: 101
Communication Studies: 102, 230
Cultural and Ethnic Studies: 100, 101, 102, 104, 106, 109, 115, 120, 121, 130, 140, 152, 160(Cross-Listed), 180(Cross-Listed), 200, 201, 203, 205, 210, 241(Cross-Listed), 255, 257, 260(Cross-Listed), 285, 286, 287, 288
Economics: 100, 201, 202, 250, 260(Cross-Listed)
Geography: 100, 102, 105(Cross-Listed), 123(Cross-Listed), 200, 207, 250, 258, 277
History: 101, 102, 103, 110, 115, 120(Cross-Listed), 146, 147, 148, 185, 207, 209, 210, 211, 212, 214, 223, 230(Cross-Listed), 236, 242, 245, 246, 250, 261(Cross-Listed), 280(Cross-Listed)
Humanities: 224, 230
International Studies: 105(Cross-Listed), 123(Cross-Listed), 150, 200, 201, 202, 204(Cross-Listed), 227(Cross-Listed), 261(Cross-Listed), 280(Cross-Listed)
Philosophy: 102, 112, 122, 160, 201(Cross-Listed), 248(Cross-Listed), 260(Cross-Listed), 265
Political Science: 101, 121, 122, 123, 125, 155, 160(Cross-Listed), 175, 201(Cross-Listed), 202, 203, 204, 206, 220, 221, 222, 223, 227(Cross-Listed), 230(Cross-Listed)
Psychology: 100, 109, 110, 200, 203, 205, 209, 210, 220, 240(Cross-Listed), 250, 257
Sociology: 101, 105, 122, 150, 201, 210, 215, 222, 230, 240(Cross-Listed), 246, 248, 249, 250, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 258, 260, 262, 264, 265, 268, 270, 275, 278
NATURAL SCIENCES 5-6
Choose 5-6 credits from the following (“L“ indicates lab component):
Anthropology: 205(Cross-Listed), 215(L)(Cross-Listed)
Astronomy: 100(Cross-Listed), 101(L), (Cross-Listed)201(L)
Biology: 100(L), 108(L), 125, 135, 150(L), 160(L), 162(L), 211(L), 212(L), 213(L), 241(L), 242(L), 260(L), 275 (L), 276(L)
Botany: 110(L), 113(L), 120(L)
Chemistry: 100 (Cross-Listed), 110(L)(Cross-Listed), 121(L), 131(L), 140(L), 161(L), 162(L), 163(L), 261(L) 262(L), 263(L), 265(L), 266(L)
Environmental Science: 100, 105, 110(Cross-Listed), 207(L), 250(L)
Geography: 108, 205, 206(L)
Geology: 101(L), 103(L), 107, 208(L)
Meteorology: 101, 211
Nutrition: 100, 101
Oceanography: 101(L), 110(Cross-Listed)
Physics: 100, 104(L), 105(L), 109(L), 114(L), 115(L), 116(L), 121(L), 122(L), 123(L), 225
Psychology: 202
ELECTIVES 65-70
Choose sufficient credits to meet minimum degree minimum of 90.
Any course listed in the Communication, Quantitative, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and all coursed numbered 100 or above as listed in the BC college catalog. For a complete course listing, go to: All Credit Classes & Descriptions
BC General Education & Cultural Diversity Requirement
This degree has a set of BC General Education requirements including Cultural Diversity. Please choose one course to meet the Cultural Diversity Requirement. For approved courses, visit Cultural Diversity courses website. Below is a complete listing of all the course that meet the colleges Cultural Diversity requirements for the Associate Transfer Degrees. Classes will be applied towards either Humanities, Social Science, Natural Sciences or electives.
The following transferable courses meet the Cultural Diversity requirement:
Anthropology: 100, 104, 106, 108, 117, 180, 200, 206, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 214, 219, 220, 222, 224, 235, 260, 265; Art: 103
Cultural & Ethnic Studies: 100, 101, 106, 109, 120, 121, 130, 140, 152, 180, 200, 201, 203, 205, 210, 241, 257; Communication Studies: 134, 250, 280
French: 131, 132, 133, 231, 232, 233; Geography: 123, 200, 277; History: 185, 246; Music: 117; Philosophy: 102, 145, 265; Psychology: 250
Sociology: 101, 120, 121, 122, 149, 201, 205, 210, 215, 222, 230, 248, 253, 254, 257, 260, 262, 264, 267, 268, 275
The following restrictive electives also meet the Cultural Diversity requirement:
Business: 120, 241; Criminal Justice: 242; Education: 150, 240, 286; Human Development: 140; Marketing Management: 200; Nursing: 290

Academic Advising

Call (425) 564-2221, or visit Academic Advising

Advising Notes and Recommendations

  • Completion of this degree does not guarantee admission to any baccalaureate university. however, with careful planning and depending on your intended major, it may be possible to fulfill admissions and major program requirements with this degree.
  • This is a guideline to meet the degree requirements for students interested in transferring to a participating Washington state four-year college or university.
  • This worksheet is only for advising purposes. Official approval of credits for degree completion is subject to the Evaluations Office approval.
  • Consult the academic advisor on a regular basis for degree completion planning. Contact the Advising Center to locate an academic advisor. Call (425) 564-2321 or go to Bellevue College Academic Advising.
  • Check with your intended transfer university/college advisor for specific admissions and major requirements that can be fulfilled with this degree.

Degree Requirements

  • Must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 in all coursework taken at BC, and in all courses applied to the degree.
  • A minimum 30 credits of the applied 90 must be completed at BC.

Prior College University Credits

  • For credits from other institutions, meet with a faculty advisor, curriculum advisor or counselor for an initial unofficial transcript review.
  • For an official review, submit Transfer Credit Evaluation Request form and an official transcript(s) in the prior institutions(s) sealed envelope to Evaluations once registered for your first quarter.

Graduation Application Requirements

  • Students must apply for graduation. Submit your graduation application form two quarters prior to the expected graduation date and pay application fee. See Apply for Graduation for more information.
  • Application deadlines:
    • Fall:           June 1
    • Winter:      October 10
    • Spring:      December 10
    • Summer:   March 15



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Last Updated August 22, 2017