Section 305 - Degree and Certificates

Section 305 - Degree and Certificates

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.


305.1 Degree and Graduation Requirements

  • A minimum college level grade point average of 2.00;
  • No more than 15 optional pass/fail credits (P/F not to be used in English 101/102 distribution requirements for any of the associate degrees offered).


305.2 General Requirements

  • A minimum of 90 credits must be earned in courses numbered 100 and above; a maximum of three physical education credits may be included in the 90; and a maximum of 15 credits in Cooperative Work Experience (288 & 289 and/or Independent Study, 299);
  • A minimum of 24 credits, exclusive of credits by examination and academic credit for prior learning, must be earned at Lower Columbia College.
  • A minimum of five credits of course work with cultural diversity content must be completed satisfactorily.


305.3 Course Requirements

Course requirements in each degree program shall be consistent with the educational philosophy of the College and the program in question. Such requirements shall promote the larger purposes of college level education--to help students develop into citizens who can reason clearly, communicate effectively, and think critically, as well as identify and achieve significant personal and social goals.

  • Each degree shall incorporate reading, writing, and quantitative skills development consistent with its purpose.


305.4 Honors at Graduation

Upon graduation, Lower Columbia College students can receive honors based upon their college-level grade point average:

  • Honors – 3.5 to 3.79 GPA
  • Highest Honors – 3.8 to 4.0 GPA

Only grades for college level courses taken at Lower Columbia College will be used to calculate honors at graduation.


305.5 Second Associate Degree

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.


305.6 Waiver of Graduation Requirements

Petitions to have any graduation requirements waived shall be considered by the Academic Standards Committee on their individual merits.


305.7 Applications for Degrees

Candidates for associate degrees must complete and submit the degree application forms provided by the College within published deadlines.


Historic Information:

  • Edits to Section 305.1 and 305.2 approved by ELT after approval by Instructional and Governance Council - February 7, 2018
  • Reviewed by the Cabinet and Leadership Team - November 2008
  • Campus Review - February 1-22, 2009
  • Adopted - February 23, 2009
    • Replaces policies 405-405.3 approved - July 1989 and MArch 1997


Resource/Reference/Procedure Title Unit Responsibility
LCC Catalog   VP Instruction
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