Lower Columbia College offers associate degrees and certificates in accordance with requirements of the State of Washington and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Specific degree and certificate requirements are found in the current Lower Columbia College catalog.
See current College Catalog.
The Board of Trustees, upon the recommendation of faculty, shall award associate degrees to students who have successfully completed prescribed courses of study.
A student who graduates with a Transfer Degree (DTA, DTA/MRP, and AS-T) as well a student who graduates with a Professional Technical Degree (AAS) can receive honors based upon their college-level grade point average:
Only grades for courses taken at Lower Columbia College will be used in figuring the cumulative grade point average for honors.
Students may earn a second associate degree by completing an additional 45 quarter credits beyond those earned for the first degree. All degree requirements apply.
Petitions to have any graduation requirements waived shall be considered by the Academic Standards Committee on their individual merits.
Students may petition to have a graduation requirement waived. Permission to waive a course may be granted on the basis of documentation provided, written support from a faculty member, or on the basis of the student’s prior educational or work experience.
Eligibility for Waiver of Last Quarter Enrolled
Registration Office Procedure
“You have until [one year from quarter applying for waiver] in which to complete your course work. Upon completion of the required courses you are responsible for mailing to the Registration Office an official transcript of the completed courses. You must meet all Lower Columbia College graduation requirements. Upon completion of your course work you will have to reapply for graduation.”
Certification - Official Transcript
Upon completion of the course[s] at another college or university the student is responsible for seeing that an official transcript from the school where course[s] taken is sent to our Registration Office.
Distribution Requirements: Humanities, Natural Science, Social Science - From Another Institution
The committee delegates to the Registration Office the authority to accept courses taken at other institutions as meeting either Humanities, Social Sciences, and/or Natural Sciences distribution requirements.
Humanities Distribution - Foreign Language
The committee delegates to the Registration Office authority to accept foreign language courses as meeting a Humanities distribution requirement.
Prerequisites - College courses
Graduation Requirement - Student Request
Impact on Students Transferring to Another Institution
“The committee has approved the waiver or substitution of the requested course. This may allow you to receive your degree from Lower Columbia College. If you apply to another college it may happen that the institution will not accept the waiver or substitution as meeting your graduation requirement. If so, you may be denied junior class status and be required to take an equivalent course from that institution to meet this requirement or you may be denied entry as a community college transfer graduate.”
Candidates for associate degrees must complete and submit the degree application forms provided by the College within published deadlines.
See current College Catalog.
The College President is authorized to develop vocational training programs of less than two years in length and to award a certificate to any student who completes such a program.
Standards for learning in certificate programs shall be equal to those in other programs in the College. Certificate programs shall include certificates of completion of a required curriculum and certificates of proficiency where standards of competencies are appropriate.