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Degrees and Certificates

Students come to American River College to pursue many different educational goals. American River College offers associate degrees, certificates, and/or transfer to a four-year institution.

Associate Degrees

Students receiving an Associate in Arts (AA) or Associate in Science (AS) degree must complete all of the required courses for a major (from 18 to approximately 30-plus units), meet competency requirements, fulfill general education requirements, and complete sufficient electives to meet a minimum of 60 degree applicable units.

All students wishing to obtain a degree from American River College need to petition through the Counseling & Transfer Center and submit it to Enrollment Services early in their last semester for graduation.

Learn more now about the degree petition process.

Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T)

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to California State University (CSU) bachelor's degrees. California community college students who earn a transfer degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing to select CSU campuses and are given priority admission consideration over other transfer students.

Students receiving an AA-T or AS-T degree must complete all of the required courses for a major (earning a “C” or better in these courses), complete either the CSU General Education Certification pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU option), and 60 CSU transferable units. At least 12 of the 60 units must be earned at American River College.

Learn more now about transfer degrees.

Certificates of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement certifies that a student has completed all required courses for a major and is prepared to enter the career designated on their certificate. Certificate programs are developed with the assistance of business and industrial advisory committees to provide vocational training for students who are not necessarily seeking a college degree. A grade of “C” or better is required for each course leading to a Certificate of Achievement. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at American River College.

Students wishing to obtain a Certificate of Achievement from American River College need to obtain a Petition for Certificate from the Counseling & Transfer Center and submit it to Enrollment Services by the proper deadlines.

Departmental Certificates

Department Certificates are intended to certify that students completing all required courses of a major are prepared to meet specific occupational needs, upgrade skills or for advancement in an existing career. A grade of "C" or better is required in each course leading to the Department Certificate. The certificate requires completion of all courses listed in the required program of the student. Department Certificates require 17.99 units or less.         

  • For Department Certificates requiring 1-11 units, all units must be completed at American River College.
  • For Department Certificates requiring 12-17.99 units, a minimum of 12 units must be completed at American River

Learn more now about earning a certificate.