Degree and Certificate Requirements

Associate of Arts Degree (AA)

Requirement Min Credits
General Education Credits 36
General Education Matriculation (GEM) Credits: 30
GEM 1: Written Communication
6
GEM 2: Oral Communication
2
GEM 3: Mathematical Ways of Knowing
3
GEM 4: Scientific Ways of Knowing (from two different disciplines with at least one laboratory or field experience)
7
GEM 5: Humanities & Artistic Ways of Knowing (from two different disciplines)
6
GEM 6: Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing (from two different disciplines)
6
Institutionally Designated Credits: 6
Connecting with Ideas
3
Global Perspectives
3
Minimum Credits Required for this Degree1,2 60

Associate of Science Degree (AS)

Requirement Min Credits
General Education Credits 36
General Education Matriculation (GEM) Credits: 30
GEM 1: Written Communication
6
GEM 2: Oral Communication
2
GEM 3: Mathematical Ways of Knowing
3
GEM 4: Scientific Ways of Knowing (from two different disciplines with at least one laboratory or field experience)
7
GEM 5: Humanistic & Artistic Ways of Knowing (from two different disciplines)
6
GEM 6: Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing (from two different disciplines)
6
Institutionally Designated Credits: 6
Connecting with Ideas
3
Global Perspectives
3
Additional STEM Credits3 15
Minimum Credits Required for this Degree1,2 60

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Requirement Min Credits
General Education Credits 15
General Education Matriculation (GEM) Credits: 12
GEM 1: Written Communication
3
GEM 2: Oral Communication
3
GEM 3: Mathematical Ways of Knowing
3
GEM 6: Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
3
Additional General Education Credits (GEM or Institutionally Designated course) 3
Minimum Credits Required for this Degree1 60

Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC)

Requirement Min Credits
General Education Matriculation (GEM) Credits 9
GEM 1 or GEM 2: Written or Oral Communication
3
GEM 3: Mathematical Ways of Knowing
3
GEM 6: Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
3
Minimum Credits Required for the Certificate1 52

Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC)

Requirement Min Credits
General Education Matriculation (GEM) Credits 9
GEM 1 or GEM 2: Written or Oral Communication
3
GEM 3: Mathematical Ways of Knowing
3
GEM 6: Social & Behavioral Ways of Knowing
3
Minimum Credits Required for the Certificate1 30

Basic Technical Certificate (BTC)

Requirement Min Credits
Minimum Credits Required for the Certificate1,4,5 8

Academic Certificate (AC)

Requirement Min Credits
Minimum Credits Required for the Certificate1,4 7

Specialized Certificate (SC)

Requirement Min Credits
Minimum Credits Required for the Certificate1,4 Varies

Important Footnotes:

1

For all degrees and certificates:

  • An overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better is required for graduation with an Academic Transfer degree or certificate. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better for all Major Requirements is required for graduation with a CTE degree or certificate.
  • A minimum grade of C is required for all Major Requirements within specific CWI programs that are competitive entry and/or have programmatic accreditation. This is noted on the degree and/or certificate pages of each program.
  • Program lengths may vary depending on a variety of factors. Please refer to individual degree or certificate pages for specific program lengths.
2

For Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, three (3) of the 36 general education credits must come from an Ethical Reasoning course.

3

The Associate of Science degree requires a total of 25 STEM credits. These credits include the required GEM 3 and GEM 4 designated courses which are completed as part of the general education program requirements. Students must complete the additional courses needed to total 25 credits. Courses can be selected from the GEM 3, GEM 4, or STEM designated course lists.

4

Some certificate programs may not qualify for federal financial aid based on the program length. This is noted on the certificate requirements page, if applicable.

5

Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs may offer certificates referred to as BTC 1 and/or BTC 2. A BTC 1 typically includes all first year major required courses while a BTC 2 includes all second year major required courses. As a result, a BTC 1 must be completed before a BTC 2 in order to meet the prerequisite requirements for courses required within the BTC 2.