Graduation Requirements

A. Resident Requirement

A minimum of 12 units must be completed in residence at Cañada College.

B. Scholarship Requirement

A 2.0 grade point average is required for all degree applicable coursework taken within the San Mateo County Community College District, and all incoming degree applicable coursework taken outside the District.

C. Major Requirement

A minimum of 18 units in a discipline or related disciplines as specified by the appropriate division. A grade point average of 2.0 in the major is required. All classes applied to the major (core and selectives) must receive a grade of “C” or better. If the course is evaluated by Pass or No Pass ONLY then a “Pass” evaluation for the course is acceptable. If the course is offered as “grade option” a letter grade of “C” or better is required. For additional information on the use of Pass/No Pass classes to satisfy degree requirements, please refer to the Pass/No Pass Grading Option information found in the Grades and Academic Standards section of the catalog. Either 12 units or fifty percent of the units required for the major, whichever is fewer, must be completed at Cañada College.

D. Basic Competency Requirements

Competency requirements exist for the areas of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. Students must demonstrate competency according to the following in each of the areas in order to be eligible for the A.A. or A.S. degree. Note: Satisfactory completion is defined as a grade of C or better.

  1. Reading
    1. Eligibility for English 100 as determined by the English placement test
    2. Satisfactory completion of English 100 or
    3. Satisfactory completion of Reading 836
  2. Writing
    1. Satisfactory completion of English 100 with a grade of “C” or better
  3. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
    1. Placement into transfer-level MATH course using high school transcript or Math Placement Test
    2. Satisfactory Completion of Intermediate Algebra (Math 120 or Math 123 that is offered at College of San Mateo and Skyline College) with a grade “C” or better
    3. Satisfactory completion of any courses with MATH 120 or 123 (offered at College of San Mateo and Skyline College) as a prerequisite option with a grade of “C” or better

E. General Education Requirements

General Education is the part of an educational program which introduces students to areas of study that develop breadth of outlook and contribute to balanced development. This general education is complementary to, but different in emphasis from, the specialized education received for a job, a profession, or from focusing on a particular field of study. The purpose of the program in General Education is to assist students in moving toward the following goals:

  • Developing critical and constructive thinking for problem solving and value discrimination.
  • Understanding their relationship to their biological, physical, and cultural environment.
  • Understanding the creative activity of others and participating to some extent in creative activity.
  • Using basic mechanical, mathematical, and communication skills to solve everyday problems, understand ideas of others, and express ideas effectively.
  • Developing a code for personal and civic life as a responsible citizen in a democracy.
  • Maintaining good mental and physical health and social adjustment.

Specific General Education Unit Requirements (See AA/AS Degree Requirements on pages 82-83.)

  • Associate in Arts Degree—18 units minimum
  • Associate in Science Degree—18 units minimum

Those students who wish to pursue an associate’s degree (non ADT) from Cañada College and have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges or equivalent accrediting body in the U.S. may be exempt from Cañada College’s general education requirements, including the ethnic studies and physical education requirements (see F and G below). Students must submit an official transcript from the institution granting the Bachelor’s degree to allow for verification of degree completion and to confirm that they have meet Title 5 requirements for competence in mathematics.

F. Ethnic Studies

Educated people celebrate and value cultural diversity. The ethnic studies/cultural diversity graduation requirement demonstrates the commitment to include in the education of students the knowledge of the ever-changing diversity of our country. With the fulfillment of this requirement, students have the opportunity to see themselves and others in the mutually supportive relationship basic to the survival and prosperity of all of us.

To meet this requirement, students must complete one course with a minimum of 3-semester units (or 4-5 quarter units if taken at another institution using the quarter system, with approval) with a grade of “C” or better. If a 4-quarter unit course is used, students may substitute any additional Degree applicable units to fulfill the minimum 3-semester unit Ethnic Studies requirement.

Refer to Ethnic Studies in the Course Descriptions section of this Catalog or the AA/AS Degree Requirements worksheet for a list of specific courses.

G. Physical Education

One or more activity courses in physical education for a minimum of 2 units is required for an AA/AS degree. This requirement will be waived or modified for students in the following categories:

  • graduates of community colleges or other accredited colleges and universities
  • veterans with one or more years of service
  • persons excused for medical reasons

Waivers other than for the reasons stated above should be sought following regular college procedures via the Academic Standards Committee.

H. Exceptions to General Education

Those students who wish to pursue an associate’s degree from Cañada College and have been awarded a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in the US may be exempt from Cañada College’s general education requirements, including the ethnic studies requirement (see F above). Students must submit an official transcript from the institution granting the Bachelor’s degree to allow for verification of degree completion and to confirm that they have meet Title 5 requirements for competence in mathematics.