2020-2021 Spring Edition 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Spring Edition [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduation Requirements

If a student has met all of the requirements for a degree or certificate, Saddleback College may automatically award some of these without further action needed from the student.  However, to ensure that the degree or certificate is awarded and posted, students are encouraged to apply through MySite for conferral of the award during their final semester. Official transcripts for any prior work must be on file for the coursework to be considered. The dates to file a Petition for Graduation are:

  • Nov 2 - March 1* for spring graduation
  • March 2 - July 1* for summer graduation
  • July 2 - November 1* for fall graduation

*Associate Degree for Transfer deadlines may be different. Please see a Counselor for more information.

Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) Degree

Upon completion of the following requirements, the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees will confer the Associate degree.

  1. Unit Requirement: Units of Course Credit — minimum 60 units.  Courses numbered 1-299 at Saddleback are degree applicable towards the AA and AS degrees.  See Associate Degree for Transfer requirements on page 70.
  2. Scholarship Requirements: A minimum grade-point average of 2.0 in all units attempted at Saddleback College and an overall grade-point average of 2.0 for all transcripts used.
  3. Residence Requirement: Of the 60 semester units required, at least 12 units must be completed in residence at Saddleback College.
  4. General Education Requirement: Students are advised to consult a Saddleback College counselor for assistance in developing an educational plan prior to choosing their general education pattern and degree. A single course may be used to satisfy both a general education and major requirement.  Choose one General Education pattern to complete (1, 2, or 3):
    1. Associate Degree – General Education Requirements (see “Associate Degree General Education Requirement” below) or

    2. The California State University General Education (CSU GE) Breadth Certification pattern, or

    3. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern

  5. Major Requirement: All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Title 5 section 55063)
    1. Complete an Associate degree program as described in the Saddleback College catalog