About Associate Degrees and Certificates at Ohlone College

Go to the list of currently offered Associate Degrees and Certificates.

Associate Degree for Transfer to CSU (ADT)

California Community Colleges offer associate degrees for transfer to the CSU.  These degrees include associate in arts for transfer or associate in science for transfer degrees (ADT).  These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree.  California Community College students who are awarded an ADT are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major.  This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.  

Associate Degrees for Students Intending to Transfer

Some associate degrees are designed to prepare students for a baccalaureate major by fulfilling many of the lower division major and general education requirements at the California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) campuses.  While the core courses required in these degrees for students intending to transfer fulfill many of the lower division requirements, students are advised to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific universities.  Upon verified completion of these majors; the general education requirements specific for Ohlone College (Plan A), CSU GE (Plan B), or IGETC (Plan C); and any necessary elective requirements, students are awarded an associate in arts or an associate in science degree in the specified major.

Associate Degrees with Multidisciplinary Majors

Students may fulfill a major in one of five general areas (Business, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Natural Science, or Social Science) by completing a minimum of 18-20 units selected from the designated departments and courses listed in the curriculum guides in this catalog.  Upon verified completion of these 18-20 units; the general education requirements specific for Ohlone College (Plan A), CSU GE (Plan B), or IGETC (Plan C); and any necessary elective requirements, students are awarded an associate in arts in the specified area.

Associate Degrees with Career Education Majors

Career education programs are available to students interested in preparing for employment.  Career education majors are designed to prepare students for entry-level employment, but these majors can also prepare students for transfer into a comparable baccalaureate major.  Students are advised to consult with a counselor if they wish to consider transfer possibilities.  Most of the career-oriented programs lead either to an associate degree or to a certificate of achievement, the latter usually taking one year to complete.  It is possible for students to enroll in specific individual courses from many of these programs for personal benefit without completing a total program; however, some programs have separate admissions requirements and many courses have prerequisites.  Upon verified completion of an approved career education major; the general education requirements specific for Ohlone College (Plan A), CSU GE (Plan B), or IGETC (Plan C); and any necessary elective requirements, students are awarded an associate in arts or an associate in science degree in the specified major.  

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

Certificates of achievement are awarded for the completion of an organized series of courses in a particular emphasis area.  These certificates have been approved by the Ohlone Curriculum Committee, Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees, and the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office.  Certificates of achievement consist of 16 or more semester units.  Most certificates of achievement are occupational in nature, and many are pathways leading to completion of the associate degree.  Thus, students often have the option of completing the additional general education, elective, and supporting course requirements to complete an associate degree as well.

A certificate of achievement is granted to students who meet the following requirements:

  1. Maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the specified courses.
  2. Complete satisfactorily a specific curriculum or recognized sequence of courses as prescribed by selected faculty and/or an occupational advisory committee; and approved by the Ohlone College Curriculum Committee, Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees; and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; and published in the applicable curriculum guide.
  3. Complete at least six units at Ohlone College for the certificate to be awarded by Ohlone.

An application for the certificate of achievement must be submitted no later than the deadline posted on the academic calendar in the semester in which the student expects to complete requirements.  Please refer to the academic calendar on the Admissions and Records web page (www.ohlone.edu/admissions/academiccalendar) for specific dates.  Official college transcripts of all prior work must be on file in the Office of Admissions and Records before the application can be processed.

Certificate of Accomplishment (COAcc)

Certificates of accomplishment are awarded for the completion of an organized course of study for a specific purpose, usually career or job related. These certificates have been approved by the Ohlone College Curriculum Committee and Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees.  Certificates of accomplishment can consist of a maximum of 15.5 semester units.  Certificates of accomplishment are designed to allow students to finish a program in a shorter period of time.  Although not as comprehensive as certificates of achievement, these certificates do serve to recognize student achievement in a particular emphasis area.  However, per Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (§55070.b), a certificate of accomplishment cannot appear on a student’s transcript.

A certificate of accomplishment is granted to students who meet the following requirements:

  1. Maintain a 2.0 grade point average in the specified courses.
  2. Complete satisfactorily a specific curriculum or recognized sequence of courses as prescribed by selected faculty and/or an occupational advisory committee; and approved by the Ohlone College Curriculum Committee and Ohlone Community College Board of Trustees; and published in the applicable curriculum guide.
  3. Complete at least 50% of the required units at Ohlone College.

Certificate of Competency

Pursuant to the California Code of Regulations (§55151), a certificate of competency may be awarded to students completing noncredit courses in a prescribed pathway that prepares students to take non-degree applicable credit coursework, including basic skills and English as a second language, or to take degree applicable credit coursework leading to completion of a credit certificate, an associate in arts degree, or transfer to a baccalaureate institution. A noncredit certificate of competency recognizes that students have demonstrated achievement in a set of competencies that prepares them to progress in a career path or to take degree applicable or non-degree applicable credit courses.  These noncredit certificates of competency have been approved by the Ohlone College Curriculum Committee, Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees, and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.  

A certificate of competency is granted to students who meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete satisfactorily a specific curriculum or recognized sequence of courses as prescribed by selected faculty; and approved by the Ohlone College Curriculum Committee, Ohlone Community College Board of Trustees, and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; and published in the applicable curriculum guide.
  2. Complete all of the required courses at Ohlone College.

Certificate of Completion

Pursuant to California Code of Regulations (§55151), a certificate of completion may be awarded to students completing noncredit courses in a prescribed pathway leading to improved employability or job opportunities. A noncredit certificate of completion recognizes that students have completed a noncredit educational program of noncredit courses that prepares them to progress in a career path or to take degree applicable credit courses.  These noncredit certificates of completion have been approved by the Ohlone College Curriculum Committee, Ohlone Community College District Board of Trustees, and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.  

A certificate of completion is granted to students who meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete satisfactorily a specific curriculum or recognized sequence of courses as prescribed by selected faculty; and approved by the Ohlone College Curriculum Committee, Ohlone Community College Board of Trustees, and California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; and published in the applicable curriculum guide.
  2. Complete all of the required courses at Ohlone College.