Exploratory - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


Students who plan to earn a degree but have not yet decided on a path are identified as exploratory and assigned the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) in their audit in GradTracks. The AAOT is used for exploratory students because it provides a guideline of courses that meet bachelor’s degree general education requirements at Oregon public universities. The AAOT does not include all bachelor degree requirements for freshmen and sophomores, and it does not include requirements for the College's career and technical education (CTE) programs. It is important for exploratory students to work actively to identify an educational goal and communicate with their advisor.

Some exploratory students may choose to declare the Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree, which allows students to self-design a program to meet their needs. However, the AGS degree is not designed to waive bachelor’s degree general education requirements as the AAOT degree is, nor does it align with workforce training and skills as do CTE programs.

Statewide General Education Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of general education courses, students will be able to:

Arts & Letters

  1. Interpret and engage in the arts & letters, making use of the creative process to enrich the quality of life; and
  2. Critically analyze values and ethics within a range of human experience and expression to engage more fully in local and global issues.

Cultural Literacy

  1. Identify and analyze complex practices, values, and beliefs and the culturally and historically defined meanings of difference.


  1. Explain the relationship between human behavior and health.


  1. Use appropriate mathematics to solve problems; and
  2. Recognize which mathematical concepts are applicable to a scenario, apply appropriate mathematics and technology in its analysis, and then accurately interpret, validate, and communicate the results.

Science or Computer Science

  1. Gather, comprehend, and communicate scientific and technical information in order to explore ideas, models and solutions and generate further questions;
  2. Apply scientific and technical modes of inquiry, individually, and collaboratively, to critically evaluate existing or alternative explanations, solve problems, and make evidence-based decisions in an ethical manner; and
  3. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of scientific studies and critically examine the influence of scientific and technical knowledge on human society and the environment.

Social Science

  1. Apply analytical skills to social phenomena in order to understand human behavior; and
  2. Apply knowledge and experience to foster personal growth and better appreciate the diverse social world in which we live.

Speech/Oral Communication

  1. Engage in ethical communication processes that accomplish goals;
  2. Respond to the needs of diverse audiences and contexts; and
  3. Build and manage relationships.

Writing and Information Literacy

  1. Read actively, think critically, and write purposefully and capably for academic and, in some cases, professional audiences;
  2. Recognize and articulate the need for information, and then locate, evaluate, and ethically utilize that information to communicate effectively; and
  3. Demonstrate appropriate reasoning in response to complex issues.

Entrance Requirements

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

Course Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education/Foundational
Choose 3 credits 13
Choose one course4
Oral Communication:
Choose one course3-4
WR 121Academic Composition4
WR 122Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition4
or WR 227 Technical Writing
General Education/Discipline studies
Cultural Literacy:
One course from the following categories must be designated as cultural literacy on the Discipline Studies list (credits count once).
Arts and Letters:
Choose three courses from at least two prefixes9-12
Social Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes12-16
Science/Math/Computer Science:
Choose four courses from at least two prefixes including at least three laboratory courses in biological and/or physical science12-20
Choose any course numbered 100 or above that brings the total credits to 90 quarter hours. This may include up to 12 credits of Career and Technical Education courses designated by COCC as acceptable.39
Total Credits90-106

Advising Notes

Students should use several strategies to ensure effective decisions about educational goals. Many resources are available.

  • Take HD 110 Career Planning, a three-credit course offered every term.
  • Visit with the career services coordinator in CAP Services.
  • Discuss options with an academic advisor and faculty in departments of interest.

The College uses the Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT) and Associate of General Studies degrees to provide exploratory students with a framework, but students should change their declared major when they make a decision. Initially, the GradTracks audit will present the AAOT requirements, but students should be aware that these guidelines are preliminary. Students can explore other programs by using the What If option on the GradTracks menu. Many universities require students to declare their major within their first 90 credits, but large majors (i.e., engineering, science, and business) should be declared in the first 45 credits. Career and technical education programs that lead directly to employment typically don’t have elective credits, so it is best to make a decision early.

Most bachelor’s degrees are either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS). Students pursuing a BA usually need to complete two years of a world language (200-level language courses may be applied to the Arts and Letters requirement in discipline studies). Students pursuing a BS should consider taking more math and science courses. Students should refer to the transfer institution's degree requirements for details.

Performance Standards

  • Academic Requirements:
    • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA to earn a COCC certificate or degree.
    • Options for additional standards:
      • All courses in the program must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

Sample Plan

Sample Plan Grid
First TermCredits
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Oral Communication:3-4
WR 121Academic Composition4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Health (3 credits with HHP or HHPA prefix) 13
WR 122
Argument, Research, and Multimodal Composition
Technical Writing
Third Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science 3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science 3-4
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science 3-4
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science3-4
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
 Total Credits90-106

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