Human Services - Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer (AAOT)


Human services programs prepare students to work for organizations that serve people in need. Students taking Human Services classes learn the theories, principles, and practice of providing services. Human services jobs can include substance abuse counselor, youth worker, mental health aide, or probation officer and provide services to schools, prisons, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Taking classes in the Human Services program is a great opportunity for students interested in becoming counselors/therapists (clinical psychology) or social workers to explore the field early in their educational career.

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 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:3-4
Choose one course
WR 121ZComposition I4
WR 122ZComposition II4
or WR 227Z 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
Recommend: HS 101, HS 206, HS 209
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
Recommend: HS 224
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. Recommended courses: HS 161, HS 162, HS 210, HS 260, and HS 208. 2,339
Total Credits90-106

HHPA activity courses (1 credit each) are not to be duplicated.


HS 208 Multicultural Issues in Human Services is recommended to meet cultural literacy requirement.


Other Human Services/ Addiction Studies Certificate courses are related courses to consider; 32 credits may be applied toward elective credits .

Advising Notes

Locally, Oregon State University - Cascades offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Science, Human Services option. This degree requires careful and accurate planning of the first 90 credits. Working closely with a COCC academic advisor is highly recommended.

Another option is Portland State University's Bachelor Degree in Social Work (BSW) online program. This program has flexibility in transfer course work and prepares students for the local master's in social work  program for students interested in continuing their education.

Students pursuing a bachelor of arts (as opposed to a bachelor of science) after transfer should consider completing three terms of a 200-level language course. The 100-level language courses will count as electives. The 200-level language courses will partially fulfill the Arts and Letters requirement.

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 Social Sciences (recommend HS 101)3
Oral Communication:3-4
WR 121ZComposition I4
Second Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend HS 206)4
Health (3 credits with HHP or HHPA prefix)3
WR 122Z
Composition II
or Technical Writing
Third Term
Discipline Studies Arts & Letters3-4
Discipline Studies Social Science4
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science (recommend HS 224)4
Elective (recommend HS 161)4
Fourth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Discipline Studies Social Science (recommend HS 209)4
Elective (recommend HS 162)4
Fifth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Discipline Studies Arts and Letters3-4
Elective (recommend HS 210)4
Sixth Term
Discipline Studies Science/Math/Computer Science3-5
Elective (recommend HS 260)4
Elective (recommend HS 208)4
 Total Credits90-100

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