Associate Degrees and Certificates
There are more than 80 degrees to choose from at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) which can lead you to obtaining an Associate Degree. We offer a wide range of degrees from Sociology to Nursing to our Marine Diving Tech Program. For a full list please click here. By obtaining an Associate Degree, you have the potential to make 33% more than just a high school diploma does.
An Associate degree is the first college degree you can earn. There is an Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree. An AS is awarded for occupational and technical majors. It takes a minimum of two years to fulfill the requirements for an Associate Degree but often longer. Much of the length of time depends on the number of units you take each semester as well as the English and Math levels that you have assessed into.
F-1 Visa students: Students with international transcripts must submit a transcript evaluation. Please review the International Transcript Evaluation Policy.
Let’s spend some time discussing how to achieve an Associate degree.
Associate degree requirements include:
- A minimum of 60 units.
- Counted courses must be numbered 100 or higher.
- You must complete college level English 110 or English 110H.
- You must complete eligibility for Math 104, 107, or 111 or through completion of one of these courses with a C or better (or pass).
- Cumulative G.P.A. must be 2.0 or higher in all attempted units at SBCC.
- Department requirements are specific to the major
- Department requirements must be completed with a “C” or better.
- 20% of the degree courses must be completed through SBCC.
- Pass/no pass is not allowed for department requirements.
- You must complete 15 units through SBCC.
- You must complete at least 18 semester units of General Education (GE) from Areas A-D. For a complete list of GE requirements and courses please click here.
To learn more about how to earn an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree at SBCC, please watch the following video.
We also offers more than 50 certificates. These are state-approved programs of study designed to prepare students for an entry-level or career advancement. As an example, please click on the, Animation certificate. As you can see, the classes are comprised primarily of courses specific to that discipline. There are no general education requirements for certificates.
Skills Competency Awards (SCA) prepare students to enter the workforce in their chosen field. SCA are beneficial because they provide prospective employers with verification that you have mastered areas in that field. For example our Emergency Medical Technician – Basic SCA prepares the student to work as an ambulance attendant/driver, instructional assistant, counselor for summer activities, emergency room technician, ski patrol, lifeguard, or firefighter. For further information, please click here.
DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System)
You can check your progress toward your degree with DARS U-Achieve.
In addition to the SBCC application that you have already completed, some degrees and certificates have additional requirements and require a supplemental application before entering the program: For further information on programs that require an supplemental application, click here.
International students studying with the F-1 visa are not eligible for all of these special programs. For additional information regarding program eligibility, please click here.
- Associate Degree Nursing (ADN)
- Home Health Aide (HHA)
- Honors program
- Vocational Nursing (VN)
- Radiography (RT)
- Marine Diving Technologies (MDT)
- School of Culinary Arts and Hotel Management (SCAHM)
- Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS)
For additional information on special department requirements, click here.