How many units are required for a certificate or a degree?

​​​The units required for academic programs vary due to the different levels of preparation. Most students follow one or more of the following program levels:

Certificate of Achievement

A Certificate of Achievement is designed to offer you an opportunity to develop skills in a specific technical and/or vocational field. A Certificate of Achievement is awarded when you have successfully completed units of specifically approved courses, with a grade-point average of 2.0. EVC Offers Certificates of Achievement in the following areas:

  • Accounting

  • Automotive Technology

    • Advanced Automotive Training

    • American Honda program

    • Drivetrain and Chassis

    • Engine Service

    • Fuel and Electrical

  • Business Information Systems

    • Accounting Specialist

    • Bookkeeping Assistant

    • Business Systems Assistant

    • Computer Systems Assistant

    • Computer Applications Specialist

    • Digital Media Design Specialist

    • General Business

    • Information Processing

  • Communication Studies

  • Computer Aided Design and Drafting

    • AutoCAD

    • Mechanical CADD

    • Mechanical Drafting and Design

    • Architectural CADD

    • 3D CADD

  • Music

  • Paralegal Studies

  • Performing Arts

  • Police Academy – Law Enforcement

  • Women’s Studies

A.A. or A.S. Degree

The program of study leading to the Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) and the Associate in Science Degree (A.S.) has two primary components, (1) a focus of study in some field of knowledge (the major) and (2) a broad exposure to additional subject areas that are designed to prepare the student to acquire a greater understanding of the self; the physical and the social world (general education requirements). You are eligible to receive an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science Degree after they have successfully completed an outlined program of study of a minimum of 60 semester units with a grade-point average of 2.0 or better and meet the requirements for graduation.
Associate in Arts Graduation Requireme​​nts (PDF)
Associate in Science Graduation Requirements (PDF)

Evergreen Valley College offers Associate Degrees in the following majors:

  • Accounting

  • Administration of Justice

  • Art and Design

    • Design Emphasis

    • Studio Practice 2-D

    • Studio Practice 3-D

  • Automotive Technology

    • Drivetrain and Chassis

    • Fuel Electrical

  • Business Administration

  • Business Information Systems

    • Digital Media Design Specialist

    • General Business

    • Information Processing

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Aided Drafting and Design

  • Computer Information Technology

  • Engineering

  • English

  • General Studies

    • Astronomy Emphasis

    • Health Science Emphasis

    • Liberal Studies Emphasis

    • Natural Science Emphasis

    • Sociology Emphasis

  • Nursing

  • Paralegal Studies

  • Psychology

B.A./B.S., or other Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor's degree is an undergraduate academic degree. A bachelor's degree is the second degree you can receive in your academic career, upon the completion of the associate’s degree at Evergreen. The pathway to transfer to a university is developed between you and your counselor. The bachelor’s degree requires completion of approximately 120 to 136 semester units. If you plan to transfer to a CSU (California State University), the CSU General Education requirements would be followed.

CSU General Education Requirements (PDF)

If you are undecided between a CSU or a UC (University of California), you may want to follow the IGETC pattern. Some private universities also accept IGETC; check with a counselor for specific information.

IGETC Requirements (PDF)

M.A., M.S., M.B.A., or other Master’s Degree

This degree is the first level beyond the Bachelor’s degree. It is comprised of 30 to 60 semester units beyond the Bachelor’s degree.

Ph.D., Ed.D., M.D., or other Doctorate Degree

This is the highest level of academic or professional degrees.



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