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General Program Requirements

Associate Degrees

Columbia Gorge Community College (CGCC) confers five associate degrees. In addition, CGCC offers numerous certificates in career technical education programs. The choice a student makes will depend on his/her major and goals following graduation. All of the degrees have some requirements in common. Degree planning worksheets are available for each degree.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Associate of Science (AS)
Associate of General Studies (AGS)
Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)
Associate of Science Oregon Transfer-Business (ASOT-BUS)

General Degree Requirements

Course Prerequisites

All degree candidates must demonstrate competency in basic mathematics and writing skills prior to receiving their degree. Most Lower Division Collegiate courses have a standard prerequisite:

  • Reading: Successful completion (C or better) of RD 115, or equivalent test score, or successful completion (C or better) of WR121, and
  • Writing: Successful completion (C or better) of WR115, or placement in to WR 121, and
  • Math: Successful completion (C or better) of MTH20, or placement into MTH60

In a standard prerequisite course, a D, F, or NP will not satisfy the requirement. Some courses may have higher requirements in these areas and/or additional prerequisites as appropriate. See individual course prerequisites. Instructors may waive prerequisites on a case-by-case basis. Students who have one of the following degrees from a U.S. accredited institution: A.A., A.S., A.G.S., A.A.S., B.A., B.S. and higher will have the basic competency in writing (WR 121) waived. Other writing requirements specified by the program remain in effect.

Students earning an associate degree must successfully complete the following comprehensive requirements listed below along with additional requirements specific associate degrees:

  1. Minimum Credits: All candidates must earn a minimum of 90 credits which count toward an associate degree. Credit courses numbered below 100 cannot be used to fulfill the 90 credit minimum requirement for any degrees.
  2. Minimum Grade Point Average:. All candidates for a degree must have at least a 2.0 minimum cumulative grade point average (C average). Credit courses with passing grades are only counted once in the accumulated hour and point totals.
  3. Minimum Residency: All degree candidates must attend Columbia Gorge Community College must accumulate at least 30 credits of satisfactory work. Non-traditional credit, credit transferred from another institution or challenge credit cannot be used to establish the 30 credit residency requirement. Twenty-four of the credits earned at CGCC must apply to the specific associate degree requirements the student is pursuing.

Associate Degree Comprehensive requirement limitations:

  • A maximum of 3 credits of physical education courses may be used as electives, except for the Associate of General Studies, which can include 6 credits.
  • Credit courses with passing grades may only be applied once in meeting a degree or certificate requirement. In addition, repeated courses are only counted once in accumulated hour and point totals.
  • No more than 12 credits of Cooperative Education courses may be used.
  • No more than 9 credits of special topics courses can be used (course numbers 199-199Z and 299-299Z).
  • No more than 24 credits of English as a Non-Native Language (ENL) may apply to degree.
  • A maximum of 24 credits of “P” (pass) grades will apply to any degree. Specific AAS degrees that deviate from this maximum will state the degree maximum in the degree requirements for the specific AAS degree.
  • One-credit MSD (Management/Supervisory Development) workshops may only be applied to the Associate of General Studies Degree (Maximum 6 Credits).

Certificate requirements

Certificates are awarded in several programs ranging from 12-108 credits to students who complete the course of study with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Specific courses required for each certificate program, including any General Education requirements, are listed under their appropriate programs.

  • Credit courses, numbered below 100 cannot be used to fulfill the credit minimum requirements for certificates.
  • At least 12 credits must be earned at CGCC, nine of which must apply to the certificate requirements. The final 9 credits must be earned at CGCC.
  • A maximum of 12 credits of “P” (pass) grades will apply to any one-year certificate. Some certificate requirements may vary and will be listed in that specific certificate.
  • No more than 12 credits of Cooperative Education courses may apply to any one year certificate.
  • Only nine credits of 199 and 299 experimental courses apply.

Computer Proficiency: a Statement to Students

Students at Columbia Gorge Community College, in order to succeed here and in the communities outside the college, need to be familiar with and capable of using computers and computer software. Both upper division college work and the requirements of the workplace demand such skills. Many CGCC faculty will require students to access class materials on the Internet, or use word processing, email and data bases as part of regular course activities. Students need to determine which computer skills are appropriate to their areas of study and take positive steps to acquire and use them early. Students should contact their Academic Advisor to find out what computer resources and courses are available to help them achieve computer proficiency.

Three to Four Credit Conversion

Some lower division collegiate courses (LDC) have changed to four credits. For degrees and certificates requiring specific LDC courses, the three credit version of the same course is generally accepted. Comprehensive degree and certificate minimum requirements must be met.

Experimental Courses

Courses numbered 99, 199, and 299 are experimental in nature. These courses may be offered twice in 15 month period. After that time, they must either be converted to a regular number course or inactivated. While these courses count for graduation, they may not transfer to other institutions.

Non-Credit Courses

CGCC offers a number of non-credit courses for personal and career advancement as well as continuing education for professionals in several areas. See the quarterly schedule of classes for a list of courses and registration information. Non-credit courses do not apply to any degrees or certificates.

Effective Catalog

CGCC operates on the quarter system. Catalog requirements are effective for six academic years. Students may graduate under the catalog requirements existing at the time of initial enrollment as long as they successfully complete at least one CGCC credit applicable to degree requirements per academic year unless they choose to meet the requirements of a later catalog. A new academic year begins with each summer term and ends the next spring term. No catalog is valid for longer than spring term following the sixth academic year after
issuance of the catalog.

Some programs may impose shorter time limits on accepting credits for degree or certificate requirements. Students enrolled in programs that are accredited or licensed must meet the requirements most recently approved by the accrediting agency or licensing authority. All returning students who have not been enrolled in a college credit course for one academic year must meet new degree requirements. Occasionally, the college may change courses and course numbers within a program. Students should regularly consult an advisor in their major department about their course of study.