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Associate Degree Requirements

The awarding of an associate degree symbolizes a successful attempt on the part of West Hills College Coalinga to lead students through learning experiences designed to develop certain capabilities and insights.  Among these are the ability to think and to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing, to use mathematics; to understand the modes of inquiry of the major disciplines, to be aware of other cultures and times, to achieve insights gained through experience in thinking about ethical problems, and to develop the capacity for self-understanding.  In addition, the student shall acquire sufficient depth in a field of knowledge to contribute to life-time interest

The Governing Board of West Hills Community College District shall confer the degree of Associate Arts or Associate Science upon a student who has demonstrated competence in reading, in written expression, and in mathematics, and who has satisfactorily completed at least 60 semester units of college work.  Course work requirements must be fulfilled in a curriculum accepted toward the degree by West Hills College Coalinga as shown in its catalog. 

An associate degree program can be planned to meet a variety of goals. It is important to keep the following information in mind in planning a program of study:

1. Specific career program or major

Generally, students who pursue a specific career program or major do not intend to transfer to a four-year university.  However, some transfer students prefer to complete as many specific career and/or major courses as they can as part of their associate degree program. It is important to note that some of these courses might not be transferable to four-year universities.  If you intend to use this option, you should see a West Hills College Coalinga counselor for assistance in planning the most appropriate educational program.

This associate degree program requires (a) at least 18 semester units in general education courses (b) a major area of study, with a grade point average of at least 2.0 (c) elective units to complete 60 units, (d) overall grade point average of at least 2.0.  Of the required units, at least 12 semester units must be completed in residence at West Hills College Coalinga.

2. Transfer to the California State University System

If you intend to transfer to a CSU campus, you should complete the requirements for your area of study as listed in this catalog and the maximum lower-division general education units allowed by the 23 California State University campuses.  All CSU campuses require transfer-level English, speech/communication, critical thinking, and math completed or in-progress prior to admission to the college.

3. Transfer to the University of California

If you intend to transfer to a UC campus or if you are unsure if you will transfer to a UC or CSU campus, you should complete the requirements for your area of study as listed in this catalog and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).  Completion of the IGETC requirements results in all lower division general education units required by the 23 CSU campuses and the 9 UC campuses (except Eleanor Roosevelt and Revelle at (University California San Diego) being completed.  You should consult a West Hills College counselor to make sure this is your best AA degree choice.

Associate Arts Degree Requirements

I.  Major Requirements:  At least 18 semester units of study taken in a single discipline or related disciplines.

II. General Education Requirements

Area A.   Language and Rationality 

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, 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.

     1.  English and Composition (3 units)

     ____ English 1A, 51A, 51B

     2.  Analytical Thinking (3 units)

     ____ CIS 14, 15

     ____ Math 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 10A, 10B, 15, 25, 45, 61, 63, 64, 87


Area B.  Natural Sciences (3 units for AA - 6 units for AS)

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 and offer specific inquiry into mathematical concepts, quantitative reasoning and application;

     ____ Biology 10, 20, 24, 32, 35, 38, 52

     ____ Chemistry 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 35

     ____ Crop Science 1

     ____ Geography 1, 4

     ____ Geology 1, 3

     ____ Physical Science 1

     ____ Physics 2A, 2B, 4A, 4B, 4C

     ____ Soil Science 21


Area C.  Humanities (3 units)

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, and include foreign language courses.

     ____ Art 2A, 2B, 4, 5A, 12,13A, 15A, 16A, 16B, 17,  42, 52

     ____ English 1B, 25A, 25B, 25C

     ____ Geography 3

     ____ History 4A, 4B

     ____ Humanities 1, 22

     ____ Music 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 17A, 17B, 17C, 17D, 42, 52

     ____ PA 1, 3, 14

     ____ Phil 1, 2, 3

     ____ Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4, 11, 12, 51, 52, 53, 54


Area D.  Social Science  (3 units)

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 and include both western and non-western settings.

     ____ Anthropology 2

     ____ Economics 1A, 1B

     ____ Geography 2A, 2B, 3, 18, 51

     ____ History 4A, 4B, 17A, 17B, 18

     ____ Journalism 40

     ____ Political Science 1, 2, 51

     ____ Psychology 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

     ____ Social Science 32A, 32B

     ____ Sociology 1, 2, 3

Area E.  Local District Requirements

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.

     ____ * Health Education 35  (3 units)

Activity Courses (2 units, selected from options below, if  under 21 at  graduation):

     ____** P. E. Activity Courses

              PA 25 Activity Course

*   Any student who has completed more than one year of military service may be granted credit for Health Education 35 (3 units) upon petition.

*   Any student who is a licensed registered nurse or licensed cosmetologist who has not previously received credit in health education may be granted credit for Health Education 35 (3 units) upon petition.

** The physical education activity course requirement is waived for students 21 years of age or older.

III. Electives to complete the total of 60 units.

IV. Competencies

Reading and Writing

1.  Completion of English 51A or 51B or 1A with a grade of C or higher, or

2.  Transferring to West Hills College Coalinga from another accredited college with a C grade or higher in a course equivalent to English 51A or 51B or 1A.


1.  Completion of Mathematics 61 or 87 with a grade of C or higher, or

2.  Transferring to West Hills College Coalinga from another accredited college with a C grade or higher in a course equivalent to Mathematics 61 or 87, or

3.  Matriculating from an accredited high school to West Hills College with a C grade or higher in a course equivalent to Mathematics 61.

4.  Maintain a grade point average of 2.0 within the major, and a 2.0 grade point average over-all.

NOTE: While a course might satisfy more than one general education requirement, it may not be counted more than once for these purposes.       

Associate Science Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Associate Science degree must have satisfactorily completed all of the requirements for the Associate Arts degree and an additional three units of general education in the area of natural science.  The candidates must also have satisfactorily completed a major with a minimum of 18 semester hours in one of the fields of engineering, physical or biological sciences, or occupational curriculums.

Additional Associate Degree

Students desiring a further associate degree after completing all requirements for either the Associate Arts or the Associate Science degree may qualify for another degree by:

1.  Completing all requirements for the additional major (units used as part of the major program for the first degree shall not be counted toward a subsequent major).

2.  Completing necessary application forms for the degree.

3.  A minimum of 12 units for the additional degree must be completed in residence.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are designed to give the student a concentration of skill courses adequate to provide immediate employment capability in a specialized field.

The course content and course patterns have been developed after considerable study of industry and employer requirements.

The advice and recommendations of several lay advisory councils and information obtained in occupational surveys were utilized in the development of these programs.

Certificate requirements include:  1) a grade point average of at least 2.0 in the area of certification, 2) a minimum of 12 units of the total completed in residence, 3) required major courses.  The courses required for a major are found in the college catalog under that major. Waiver of any of these courses or substitution of required courses is not permitted.

Certificate and Associate Degree Programs Offered

C = Certificate         AA = Associate Degree        AS=Associate Science  

Administration of Justice - Law Enforcement



Administration of Justice - Corrections



Agriculture Business



Animal Science












Business Administration



* Chemistry



Child Development



Computer Information Systems



Crop Science



Equine Science



* Engineering






* Geology



Health Science (General)



* Health Science (Pre-Professional)






Liberal Arts



* Mathematics



Office Management & Technologies



Performing Arts



Physical Education



* Physics



Psychiatric Technician






Social Science



Teaching Assistant



*   This indicates that some courses needed to complete these degree programs are offered infrequently. In addition, courses may not be offered at all locations.