Associate of General Studies - (AGS)

Description

For students who are not pursuing specific transfer or career and technical education programs, the Associate of General Studies (AGS) provides an alternative and allows students to accomplish personal educational goals. The AGS includes a broad general education along with courses selected by the student and their advisor. It is important for a student to work closely with an advisor in designing a course plan for this degree.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Please see the General Education page for statewide general education student learning outcomes.
 

Entrance Requirements

While this program has no formal entrance requirement, individual courses may have prerequisites which must be met before enrollment.

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Digital Literacy:
CIS 120Computer Concepts (or pass competency exam)0-4
Health:
Choose 4 credits 14
Math:4
Choose one course from either the general education mathematics list or the related instruction computation list. 2
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
Writing:
WR 121Academic Composition4
Choose one of the following: 33-4
Business Communications
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
Technical Writing
General Education/ Discipline studies
Arts and Letters:
Choose one course from the disciplines studies list3-4
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose one course from the disciplines studies list3-5
Social Science:
Choose one course from the disciplines studies list3-4
Cultural Literacy:
Choose one course from the disciplines studies list3-4
Electives
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours.60
Total Credits90-101

Advising Notes

Advantages

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) awards a degree for completion of college-level coursework in core skills and general education and allows students flexibility to customize more than half the degree’s required number of credits. With careful planning, it can be used to enhance employment, meet sponsoring agency requirements, and/or meet specific baccalaureate requirements.

Considerations

The AGS degree does not transfer with the same guarantees of the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree. For example, it does not guarantee that a student will meet all lower-division general education requirements at a public Oregon institution. However, with careful academic advising and in consideration of transfer institution requirements, the AGS degree may be designed to meet general education and major requirements.

The AGS degree does not meet certification requirements for any career and technical education area.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:

    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • All general education courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Health:4
Elective4
Math course4
WR 121Academic Composition4
 Credits16
Second Term
Arts and Letters:3-4
Choose one from the following:3-4
Business Communications 
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition 
Technical Writing 
CIS 120Computer Concepts4
Social Science:3-4
 Credits13-16
Third Term
Cultural Literacy:3-4
Elective4
Elective4
Science/Math/Computer Science:3-5
 Credits14-17
Fourth Term
Elective4
Elective4
Elective4
Oral Communication:3-4
 Credits15-16
Fifth Term
Elective4
Elective4
Elective4
Elective4
 Credits16
Sixth Term
Elective4
Elective4
Elective4
Elective4
 Credits16
 Total Credits90-97

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