Degrees and Certificates

Degrees and Certificates

General Requirements for Earning Degrees

  • Maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.00 on the credits used toward the degree.
  • Complete at least two quarters at Lower Columbia College.
  • Earn at least 24 credits at Lower Columbia College, excluding credits by examination.
  • Earn no more than 15 optional pass/fail credits (P/F not to be used in English 101/102, or to satisfy the communications, quantitative skills, core program, or distribution requirements for any associate degree).
  • Diversity requirement—5 credits. See quarterly schedule for diversity classes. Courses that meet this requirement may also be used toward other graduation requirements.
  • Every program* at LCC includes a College Success course (COLL 101). LCC requires all new students with fewer than 30 successful college credits on their transcript to take a College Success course within their first two quarters. 

*including degrees and certificates of 24 credits or more

Transfer Degrees

Lower Columbia College offers a number of transfer degrees options that allow students to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. The Major Related Program (MRP) degrees build on these to provide specific preparation to enter bachelor programs. Requirements for LCC graduation and acceptance at a four-year college vary by degree type, field, and college. In addition, the following requirement applies to transfer associate degrees:

  • Minimum of 90 transferable credits in courses numbered 100 and above. No more than 6 credits in PHED activity courses**; no more than 15 credits in Cooperative Work Experience and/or Independent Study, and no more than 5 credits in performance/skills courses are allowed.

**No more than 3 PHED activity credits are allowed within the AA-DTA.

Professional/Technical Degrees and Certificates

Lower Columbia College offers a number of options that prepare students for entry into the workforce. Associate degrees in the Professional/Technical area are not generally considered transfer degrees, although exceptions may be allowed for certain programs upon approval. Representatives from local business and industry help define these programs so our graduates meet the standards defined by people in the workforce. See also "General Requirements for Earning Associate Degrees," above.

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