Degrees & Certificates

Degrees & Certificates

Associate degrees are normally earned with 60 college credits, including general education courses, electives and courses required for a specific college major. The recipient of an associate’s degree can then transfer the credits toward a four year, bachelor’s degree program at a university.

Associate of Arts (AA)

The AA degree is appropriate for students who plan to transfer to the university to earn a baccalaureate degree in areas such as Administration of Justice, Advertising, Agri-Business, Agriculture, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Broadcasting, Communication, Creative Writing, Dramatic Theory, Early Childhood Education, Economics, English, Exercise Science, Fine Arts, Geography, History, Hotel/Restaurant Management, Interdisciplinary Arts/Performance, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Languages, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Media Arts, Music, Philosophy, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Public Programs, Public Relations, Recreation and Tourism, Religious Studies Social and Behavioral Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, and Theater.

Associate of Arts Degree (60 credits)

This degree is comprised of three components:
1.   A block of 35-36 credits of Arizona General Education Curriculum courses (AGEC-A)
2.   22 credits of Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives
3.   Additional CAC degree requirements

AGEC-A (35-36 credits)
The AGEC-A satisfies requirements in many liberal arts programs and other programs that articulate with an AA degree.  AGEC-A requires a minimum of College Mathematics plus 32 credits from specific AGEC categories.  AGEC-A courses are transferable to all three Arizona public universities provided they are completed with a grade of “C” or better.  The current list of approved AGEC-A courses can be found in our current catalog online and/or see an Academic Advisor.

AGEC-A Categories

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
    • ENG101 College Composition I  (3 credits)
    • ENG102 College Composition II  (3 credits)

For the following categories, select courses from the equivalent category on the AGEC course list for this academic year:

  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Arts and Humanities (6-9 credits)
    • Select a minimum of one Arts course (3 credits) and one Humanities course (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6-9 credits)
    • Select courses to fulfill this requirement from at least two different disciplines
  • Biological and Physical Lab Sciences (8 credits)
    • Select courses with a laboratory component
  • Mathematics (3-4 credits)
    • MAT141 College Mathematics (4 credits) or higher
  • Special Requirements (0-9 credits)
    Please note that courses from Oral Communications, Arts/Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences or Transfer Electives may also “double-dip” to meet Special Requirements. A course may not be used to satisfy more than one Special Requirement category.

    • Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (3 credits)
    • Cultural Awareness (3 credits)
    • Global or Historical Awareness (3 credits)

Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives
For a list of recommended common courses that meet university major requirements, refer to the specific Major Guide on the AZTransfer website at www.aztransfer.com and/or see an Academic Advisor.

To verify transferability of elective courses, refer to the Course Equivalency Guide on the AZTransfer website at www.aztransfer.com and/or see an Academic Advisor.

Additional CAC Degree Requirements

  • Reading Competency: RDG100 College Reading or appropriate score on reading placement assessment
  • Computer Competency (select one):
    • AGB124 Microcomputers in Agriculture (3 credits)
    • CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3 credits)
    • EGR102 Introduction to Engineering (3 credits)
    • EIT151 Digital Audio Workstation (3 credits)
    • MSC122 Introduction to Web Design (3 credits)
  • Grade of “C” or better in each course applied toward the degree
  • Minimum of 20 credits completed at CAC
  • Minimum of one-third of the AGEC-A certificate credits completed at CAC

Other Degree Considerations
Many four-year degrees require either a second- or fourth-semester level proficiency of a second language and strongly encourage students to complete this requirement at the community college prior to transfer.  To determine second language requirements for your degree, check your university catalog, visit the Arizona Transfer resource at www.aztransfer.com, or meet with an Academic Advisor.  Students may demonstrate proficiency by completion of coursework and/or a proficiency test.  CAC offers Spanish and Sign Language.  Contact an Academic Advisor for assistance.

Associate or Business (ABus)

The ABus degree is appropriate for students who plan to transfer to the university to earn a baccalaureate degree in Business-related areas such as Accounting, Administration, Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, Human Relations, Marketing and Public Administration.

Associate of Business (60 credits)

This degree is comprised of three components:
1.   A block of 35-36 credits of Arizona General Education Curriculum courses (AGEC-B)
2.   25 credits of Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives
3.   Additional CAC degree requirements

AGEC-B (35-36 credits)
The AGEC-B satisfies requirements in many business programs and other programs that articulate with an A.B. degree.  AGEC-B requires a minimum of Brief Calculus plus 32 credits from specific AGEC categories.  AGEC-B courses are transferable to all three Arizona public universities provided they are completed with a grade of “C” or better.  The current list of approved AGEC-B courses can be found in our current catalog online and/or see an Academic Advisor.

AGEC-B Categories

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
    • ENG101 College Composition I (3 credits)
    • ENG102 College Composition II (3 credits)

For the following categories, select courses from the equivalent category on the AGEC course list for this academic year:

  • Oral Communications (3 credits)
  • Arts and Humanities (6-9 credits)
    • Select a minimum of one Arts course (3 credits) and one Humanities course (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6-9 credits)
    • ECN201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
    • Select courses to fulfill this requirement from at least two different disciplines
  • Biological and Physical Lab Sciences (8 credits)
    • Select courses with laboratory requirements
  • Mathematics (3-5 credits)
    • MAT211 Brief Calculus (4 credits) or higher
  • Computer Competency (3 credits)
    • CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3 credits)
  • Special Requirements (0-9 credits)
    Please note that courses from Oral Communications, Arts/Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences or Transfer Electives may also “double-dip” to meet Special Requirements.

    • Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (3 credits)
    • Cultural Awareness (3 credits)
    • Global or Historical Awareness (3 credits)

Required Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives 

  • ACC201 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
  • ACC202 Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
  • BUS201 Legal Environment of Business (3 credits)
  • BUS208 Business Statistics (3 credits)
  • ECN202 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • MAT215 Math for Business Analysis (4 credits)

To verify transferability of additional elective courses, refer to the Course Equivalency Guide on the AZTransfer website at www.aztransfer.com  and/or see an Academic Advisor.

Additional CAC Degree Requirements

  • Reading Competency: RDG100 College Reading or appropriate score on reading placement assessment
  • Grade of “C” or better in each course applied toward the degree
  • Minimum of 20 credits completed at CAC
  • Minimum of one-third AGEC-B Certificate credits completed at CAC

Other Degree Considerations
Many four-year degrees require either a second- or fourth-semester level proficiency of a second language and strongly encourage students to complete this requirement at the community college prior to transfer.  To determine second language requirements for your degree, check your university catalog, Transfer Guides at www.aztransfer.com, or meet with an Academic Advisor.  Students may demonstrate proficiency by completion of coursework and/or a proficiency test.  CAC offers Spanish and Sign Language.  Contact an Academic Advisor for assistance.

Associate of Science (AS)

The AS degree is appropriate for students who plan to transfer to the university to earn a baccalaureate degree in Physical and Biological Science areas such as Agricultural Science, Allied Health, Animal Science, Astronomy, Athletic TrainingBiology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Microbiology, Physics, Plant and Soil Science, and Veterinary Science.

Associate of Science Degree (60 credits)

This degree is comprised of three components:
1.   A block of 35-38 credits of Arizona General Education Curriculum courses (AGEC-S)
2.   22 credits of Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives
3.   Additional CAC degree requirements

AGEC-S (35-38 credits)
The AGEC-S satisfies requirements in programs with more specific mathematics and science courses.  AGEC-S requires a minimum of Analytical Geometry and Calculus I Mathematics plus credits from specific AGEC categories.  AGEC-S courses are transferable to all three Arizona public universities provided they are completed with a grade of “C” or better.  The current list of approved AGEC-S courses can be found in our current catalog online and/or see an Academic Advisor.

AGEC-S Categories

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
    • ENG101 College Composition I (3 credits)
    • ENG102 College Composition II (3 credits)

For the following categories, select courses from the equivalent category on the AGEC course list for this academic year:

  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
    • Select a minimum of one Arts course (3 credits) and one Humanities course (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
    • Select courses to fulfill this requirement from at least two different disciplines
  • Biological and Physical Lab Sciences (8 credits)
    • Life Science majors select one of the following sequences:
      • CHM151 General Chemistry I (4 credits) and CHM152 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
      • BIO181 General Biology I (4 credits) and BIO182 General Biology II (4 credits)
    • Physical Science majors select one of the following sequences:
      • CHM151 General Chemistry I (4 credits) and CHM152 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
      • PHY261 University Physics I: Mechanics (4 credits) and PHY262 University Physics II: Electricity/Magnetism (4 credits)
  • Mathematics (3-4 credits)
    • MAT221 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits) or higher
  • Subject Options (6-8 credits)
    • Based on your major and university, consult the Transfer Guide at www.aztransfer.com to select either additional mathematics courses above Calculus I and/or Laboratory Science courses
  • Special Requirements (0-9 credits)
    Please note that courses from Oral Communications, Arts/Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences or Transfer Electives may also “double-dip” to meet Special Requirements

    • Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry (3 credits)
    • Cultural Awareness (3 credits)
    • Global or Historical Awareness (3 credits)

Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives
For a list of recommended common courses that meet university major requirements, refer to the specific Major Guide on the AZTransfer website at www.aztransfer.com and/or see an Academic Advisor.

To verify transferability of elective courses, refer to the Course Equivalency Guide on the AZTransfer website at www.aztransfer.com and/or see an Academic Advisor.

Additional CAC Degree Requirements

  • Reading Competency: RDG100 College Reading or appropriate score on reading placement assessment
  • Computer Competency (select one):
    • AGB124 Microcomputers in Agriculture (3 credits)
    • CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3 credits)
    • EGR102 Introduction to Engineering (3 credits)
    • EIT151 Digital Audio Workstation (3 credits)
    • MSC122 Introduction to Web Design (3 credits)
  • Grade of “C” or better in each course applied toward the degree
  • Minimum of 20 credits completed at CAC
  • Minimum of one-third of the AGEC-S certificate credits completed at CAC

Other Degree Considerations
Many four-year degrees require either a second- or fourth-semester level proficiency of a second language and strongly encourage students to complete this requirement at the community college prior to transfer.  To determine second language requirements for your degree, check your university catalog, Transfer Guides at www.aztransfer.com, or meet with an Academic Advisor.  Students may demonstrate proficiency by completion of coursework and/or a proficiency test.  CAC offers Spanish and Sign Language.  Contact an Academic Advisor for assistance.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree is appropriate for students who plan to directly enter the workforce of their chosen pathway or who do not plan to transfer. However, choosing the AAS Degree and fulfilling the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) requirements provides a pathway to attend an Arizona public university in the future. Students should consult an academic advisor regarding transfer.

Students who wish to receive both the AAS Degree and the AGEC Certificate must complete the required documentation in the Registrar’s Office following established timelines.

Associate of Applied Science Degree (60 credits)

General Education Requirements (19-20 credits)

Written Communications (3 credits)
Select one:
ENG101 College Composition I (3 credits)
ENG121 Applied Technical Writing (3 credits)

Oral Communications (3 credits)
COM100 Fundamentals of Human Communication (3 credits) or higher

Arts and Humanities (3 credits)
Select courses numbered 100 or above from the following: ART, HMC, LIT, MHL, PHI, and THE. Students may also choose any course from the Arts or Humanities AGEC lists. The required courses must represent two different departments for the Arts & Humanities category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Arts and Humanities requirement, if they are using another HIS course to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Social and Behavioral Science (3 credits)
Select courses numbered 100 or above from the following: ASB, ECN, GEO, HIS, POS, PSY, and SOC. Students may also choose any course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences AGEC list. The required courses must represent two different departments for the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Arts and Humanities requirement, if they are using another HIS course to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Physical and Biological Sciences (4 credits)
Select a 4-credit course with lab numbered 100 or above from the Physical and Biological Science Lab list. Students may also choose a course from the Biological and Physical Lab Science AGEC list.

Mathematics (3-4 credits)
Select one:
BUS101 Business Mathematics (3 credits)
MAT106 Technical Math* (3 credits)
MAT118 Essential Mathematics (4 credits) or higher
*Meets requirement only for Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technology, Heavy Equipment Operator, and Welding Technology programs.

Core and Elective Requirements (37-38 credits)

The number of credits required depends on the chosen program of study. Refer to the specific A.A.S. Degree program.

  • Additional CAC Degree Requirements
    • Reading Competency: RDG100 College Reading or appropriate score on reading placement assessment
    • Computer Competency (select one):
      • AGB124 Microcomputers in Agriculture (3 credits)
      • CIS110 Fundamentals of Computer Literacy (3 credits)
      • CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3 credits) or higher
      • EGR102 Introduction to Engineering (3 credits)
      • EIT151 Digital Audio Workstation (3 credits)
      • MSC122 Introduction to Web Design (3 credits)
    • a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • a minimum of 20 credits from CAC
    • a minimum of 60 credits
Associate of General Studies (AGS)

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) Degree is appropriate for students who desire flexibility to select courses to build a degree and who do not plan to transfer. However, choosing the AGS degree and fulfilling the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) requirements provides the opportunity for students to attend an Arizona public university and to transfer the 35-credit AGEC block.

All students should consult an academic advisor and the Transfer Guides for Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona in the major field for the bachelor degree. For more information, go to aztransfer.com/college/.

For a list of Common Courses associated with specific programs of study, go to the Common Course Matrix Archives and select the current year or the year you completed the course(s): steeringcommittee.aztransfer.com/resources/ccm.html.

Upon completion of the AGS Degree with an AGEC, students must complete both the AGS Degree completion form and the AGEC Certificate Completion form.

ASSOCIATE OF GENERAL STUDIES (AGS) DEGREE (60 Credits)

General Education (29-30 Credits)

Written Communications (3 Credits)
ENG101 College Composition I (3 credits)
Note: The AGEC Certificate requires 6 credits: ENG101 College Composition I (3 credits) and ENG102 College Composition II (3 credits).

Oral Communications (3 Credits)
Select a COM course applicable to your designated degree

Arts and Humanities (6 Credits)
Select courses numbered 100 or above in the following areas: ART, HMC, LIT, MHL, PHI, and THE. Students may also choose any course from the Arts or Humanities AGEC lists, especially those areas which suit major or minor areas of study. One Art (3) and one Humanities (3) course is required.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 Credits)
Select courses numbered 100 or above in the following areas: ASB, ECN, GEO, HIS, POS, PSY, and SOC. Students may also choose courses from the Social and Behavioral Science AGEC list, especially those areas which suit major or minor areas of study. Select courses from two different disciplines.

Physical and Biological Sciences (8 Credits)
Select courses numbered 100 or above from biological or physical science.

Mathematics (3-4 Credits)
BUS101 Business Mathematics (3 credits) or
MAT118 Essential Mathematics (4 credits) or higher

Electives (28 Credits)
Select college-level courses numbered 100 or above to meet 60 credit minimum requirement. Students electing to earn an AGEC Certificate to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution are strongly encouraged to complete additional coursework in those areas which suit major or minor areas of study.

Additional CAC Degree Requirements

  • Reading Competency: RDG100 College Reading or appropriate score on reading placement assessment
  • Computer Competency (select one):
    • AGB124 Microcomputers in Agriculture (3 credits)
    • CIS110 Fundamentals of Computer Literacy (3 credits)
    • CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems (3 credits) or higher
    • EGR102 Introduction to Engineering (3 credits)
    • EIT151 Digital Audio Workstation (3 credits)
    • MSC122 Introduction to Web Design (3 credits)
  • a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • a minimum of 20 credits from CAC
  • a minimum of 60 credits
Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC)

ARIZONA GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM (AGEC) 2018-2019

Completion of the AGEC or AGEC Certificate fulfills lower division general education requirements and is fully applicable to the baccalaureate degree upon transfer to an Arizona public university. Three tracks are available: AGEC-Arts, AGEC-Business, and AGEC-Science. All require completion of 35-38 transferable credits.
Consult an academic advisor to select courses to meet the AGEC requirements that may also fulfill program requirements in your chosen university major.
Multiple-Use Course Guideline: Students may use a course to fulfill an AGEC category, such as the Social and Behavioral Sciences, along with an AGEC Special Awareness Requirement Area, such as Intensive Writing. In addition, students may use the same course to fulfill degree core or elective requirements as well as CAC Requirements, i.e. Computer Competency course. Students must earn the minimum credits required for each credential.

For example, an AA Degree with an AGEC-A requires a minimum of 60 credits, including a minimum of 20 credits earned from CAC.

AGEC (35-38 Credits)

General Education
When fulfilling the AGEC requirements, follow the instructions carefully. For example, students selecting the AGEC-A must earn a minimum of one course in the Art Category and one course in the Humanities Category. The same Art course may not fulfill both the AGEC Arts and AGEC Humanities Categories (6-9 credit requirements).

Written Communications
ENG101 College Composition I (3)
ENG102 College Composition II (3)

Oral Communications
COM100 Fundamentals of Human Communication (3)
COM101 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM202 Small Group Communication (3)
COM206 Public Speaking (3)
COM259 Professional Communication (3)
COM263 Intercultural Communication (3)

Arts and Humanities
Arts
ART100 Art Appreciation (3)
ART101 Two-Dimensional Design (3)
ART102 Three-Dimensional Design (3)
ART103 Beginning Jewelry and Metalwork (3)
ART105 Ceramics I (3)
ART109 Color Theory (3)
ART207 Art History I (3)
ART208 Art History II (3)
EIT100 History of Rock n’ Roll (3)
HMC210 Classical Mythology & Western Art (3)
HMC250 Humanities in the Western World I (3)
HMC251 Humanities in the Western World II (3)
HMC252 Humanities in the Western World III (3)
LIT101 Introduction to Literature (3)
LIT234 US Latinx Literature and Culture (3)
LIT278 Native American Literature and Culture (3)
MHL100 Music Appreciation (3)
MHL207 Survey of Jazz/Popular Music (3)
THE100 Theater Appreciation (3)
THE115 Introduction to Cinema (3)
THE116 Contemporary Cinema (3)

Humanities
AGS235 Principles of Sonoran Horticulture (3)
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice (3)
ANS104 Human and Animal Interrelationships from Domestication to Present (3)
ART100 Art Appreciation (3)
ART207 Art History I (3)
ART208 Art History II (3)
EIT100 History of Rock n’ Roll (3)
HIS101 U.S. History I (3)
HIS102 U.S. History II (3)
HIS103 History of Western Civilization I (3)
HIS104 History of Western Civilization II (3)
HIS105 Arizona History (3)
HIS108 Eastern Civilization–Beginnings to 1850 (3)
HIS201 Women in U.S. History (3)
HIS208 Eastern Civilization–1850 to Modern Times (3)
HMC210 Classical Mythology & Western Art (3)
HMC250 Humanities in the Western World I (3)
HMC251 Humanities in the Western World II (3)
HMC252 Humanities in the Western World III (3)
HNR204 Honors Colloquium I (3)
HNR205 Honors Colloquium II (3)
HNR255 Leadership Development (3)
LIT101 Introduction to Literature (3)
LIT201 American Literature I (3)
LIT202 American Literature II (3)
LIT203 English Literature I (3)
LIT204 English Literature II (3)
LIT206 World Literature (3)
LIT232 African American Literature (3)
LIT233 American Ethnic Literature (3)
LIT234 US Latinx Literature and Culture (3)
LIT254A Literature and Film (3)
LIT256 Science Fiction Literature and Film (3)
LIT267 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)
LIT278 Native American Literature and Culture (3)
LIT291 Children’s Literature for Educators (3)
PHI101 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PHI105 Introduction to Ethics (3)
PHI112 World Religions (3)
THE100 Theater Appreciation (3)
THE115 Introduction to Cinema (3)
THE116 Contemporary Cinema (3)

Social and Behavioral Sciences
AGS122 Natural Resources and Conservation (3)
AGS204 Environmental Sustainability (3)
AJS101 Introduction to Administration of Justice (3)
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice (3)
AJS212 Juvenile Justice Procedures (3)
AJS224 Police Administration (3)
AJS225 Criminology (3)
AJS230 The Police Function (3)
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law (3)
AJS270 Community Relations (3)
ARH200 Principles of Archaeology (3)
ASB101 Physical Anthropology and Archaeology: Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution (4)
ASB102 Cultural Anthropology (3)
ASB201 Indians of the Southwest (3)
BUS123 Business Relations (3)
BUS190 Principles of Management and Leadership (3)
COM101 Interpersonal Communication (3)
COM263 Intercultural Communication (3)
CPD110 Transition to College and Career (3)
DMA101 Media and Society (3)
ECE276 Child Development (3)
ECN200 Contemporary Economic Issues (3)
ECN201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECN202 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
EDU221 Introduction to Education (3)
EDU222 Introduction to Special Education (3)
EDU230 Cultural Values in Education (3)
GEO101 Introduction to Cultural and Historical Geography (3)
HIS101 U.S. History I (3)
HIS102 U.S. History II (3)
HIS105 Arizona History (3)
HIS106 Mexican-American History (3)
HIS107 African-American History I (3)
HIS108 Eastern Civilization–Beginning to 1850 (3)
HIS201 Women in United States History (3)
HIS208 Eastern Civilization–1850 to Modern Times (3)
PEH101 Personal Health (3)
PHI105 Introduction to Ethics (3)
POS101 American Politics (3)
POS104 Contemporary Issues in World Politics (3)
POS220 U.S. and Arizona Constitutions (3)
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology (3)
PSY200 Social Psychology (3)
PSY203 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY205 Personality and Social Adjustment (3)
PSY277 Human Sexuality (3)
REC101 Recreation, Leisure, and the Quality of Life (3)
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC200 Racial and Ethnic Minorities (3)
SOC202 Contemporary Social Problems (3)
SOC203 Marriage and Family (3)
SOC212 Gender in Society (3)
SOC250 Family Violence (3)
SWU171 Introduction to Social Work (3)
SWU242 Introduction to Child Welfare Service in a DiverseWorld (3)
SWU291 Social Service Delivery (3)
WGS100 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (3)

Physical and Biological Sciences
AGS101 World of Plants (4)
AGS104 Agricultural Environmental Science (4)
AGS106 Entomology (4)
AGS221 Soil Science (4)
AGS240 Plant Biology (4)
ASB101 Physical Anthropology and Archaeology: Bones, Stones, and Human Evolution (4)
AST101 Survey of Astronomy (4)
BIO100 Biology Concepts (4)
BIO109 Natural History of the Southwest (4)
BIO156 Introductory Human Biology (4)
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy/Physiology (4)
BIO181 General Biology I (4)
BIO182 General Biology II (4)
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
BIO202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4)
BIO205 Microbiology (4)
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry (4)
CHM138 Chemistry for Allied Health with Lab (4)
CHM151 General Chemistry I (4)
CHM152 General Chemistry II (4)
CHM235 General Organic Chemistry I (4)
CHM236 General Organic Chemistry II (4)
CUL142 Applied Food Service (4)
ENV101 Environmental Science (4)
GEO111 Introduction to Physical Geography (4)
GLG101 Physical Geology (4)
GLG102 Historical Geology (4)
GLG110 Geological Hazards and Disasters (4)
NTR141 Nutrition and Wellness (4)
PHY100 Physical Universe (4)
PHY111 College Physics I (4)
PHY112 College Physics II (4)
PHY121 University Physics I: Mechanics (4)
PHY122 University Physics II: Electricity and Magnetism (4)
PHY223 University Physics III: Thermodynamics, Optics And Waves (4)

Mathematics
MAT141 College Mathematics, Standard (4)
MAT151 College Algebra, Standard (4)
MAT162 Applied Statistics (3)
MAT182 Trigonometry with Algebra Review (4)
MAT187 Pre-Calculus (5)
MAT201 Math for Elementary Teachers I – Number, Operations, and Numerical Systems (3)
MAT202 Math for Elementary Teachers II – Geometry, Measurement, and Visualization (3)
MAT211 Brief Calculus, Standard (4)
MAT212 Brief Calculus, Accelerated (3)
MAT215 Math for Business Analysis (4)
MAT221 Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (4)
MAT231 Analytical Geometry and Calculus II (4)
MAT241 Analytical Geometry and Calculus III (4)
MAT262 Ordinary Differential Equations (3)
MAT275 Modern Differential Equations (4)

Special Awareness Requirements
Courses used in general education areas, such as Oral Communications, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Transfer Electives may also be used to satisfy the four (4) Special Requirements categories. A course may not be used to satisfy more than one Special Requirements category.

Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry
AGS122 Natural Resources and Conservation (3)
AJS225 Criminology (3)
ENG203 Advanced Composition (3)
HIS106 Mexican-American History (3)
HIS201 Women in United States History (3)
HIS208 Eastern Civilization – 1850 to Modern Times (3)
HNR204 Honors Colloquium I (3) AND
HNR205 Honors Colloquium II (3)
(Note: Must complete HNR204 and HNR205)
LIT201 American Literature I (3)
LIT202 American Literature II (3)
LIT203 English Literature I (3)
LIT204 English Literature II (3)
LIT232 African American Literature (3)
LIT233 American Ethnic Literature (3)
LIT254A Literature and Film (3)
LIT256 Science Fiction Literature and Film (3)
LIT291 Children’s Literature for Educators (3)
PHI105 Introduction to Ethics (3)
PSY200 Social Psychology (3)
PSY203 Developmental Psychology (3)
SOC200 Racial and Ethnic Minorities (3)

Cultural Awareness
AGS235 Principles of Sonoran Horticulture (3)
ART207 Art History I (3)
ART208 Art History II (3)
ASB102 Cultural Anthropology (3)
ASB201 Indians of the Southwest (3)
COM263 Intercultural Communication (3)
EDU222 Introduction to Special Education (3)
EDU230 Cultural Values in Education (3)
EDU240 Structured English Immersion (3)
GEO101 Introduction to Cultural/Historical Geography (3)
HIS101 United States History I (3)
HIS102 United States History II (3)
HIS103 History of Western Civilization I (3)
HIS105 Arizona History (3)
HIS106 Mexican-American History (3)
HIS107 African-American History I (3)
HIS108 Eastern Civilization–Beginning to 1850 (3)
HIS201 Women in U.S. History (3)
HIS208 Eastern Civilization–1850 to Modern Times (3)
HMC210 Classical Mythology & Western Art (3)
HMC250 Humanities in the Western World I (3)
HMC251 Humanities in the Western World II (3)
HMC252 Humanities in the Western World III (3)
LIT101 Introduction to Literature (3)
LIT201 American Literature I (3)
LIT202 American Literature II (3)
LIT206 World Literature (3)
LIT232 African-American Literature (3)
LIT233 American Ethnic Literature (3)
LIT234 US Latinx Literature and Culture (3)
LIT278 Native American Literature and Culture (3)
LIT291 Children’s Literature for Educators (3)
MHL207 Survey of Jazz/Popular Music (3)
PSY277 Human Sexuality (3)
SLG202 American Sign Language IV (4)
SOC200 Racial and Ethnic Minorities (3)
SOC212 Gender in Society (3)
WGS100 Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (3)

Global/International Awareness
AGS122 Natural Resources and Conservation (3)
AGS204 Environmental Sustainability (3)
ART207 Art History I (3)
ART208 Art History II (3)
ASB102 Cultural Anthropology (3)
GEO101 Introduction to Cultural and Historical Geography (3)
HIS103 History of Western Civilization I (3)
HIS104 History of Western Civilization II (3)
HIS107 African-American History I (3)
HIS108 Eastern Civilization–Beginning to 1850 (3)
HIS208 Eastern Civilization–1850 to Modern Times (3)
LIT206 World Literature (3)
LIT234 US Latinx Literature and Culture (3)
PHI112 World Religions (3)
POS104 Contemporary Issues in World Politics (3)
SPA201 Intermediate Spanish I (4)
SPA202 Intermediate Spanish II (4)
THE100 Theater Appreciation (3)

Historical Awareness
ANS104 Human and Animal Interrelationships from Domestication to Present (3)
ART207 Art History I (3)
ART208 Art History II (3)
ASB201 Indians of the Southwest (3)
GEO101 Introduction to Cultural/Historical Geography (3)
HIS101 U.S. History I (3)
HIS102 U.S. History II (3)
HIS103 History of Western Civilization I (3)
HIS104 History of Western Civilization II (3)
HIS105 Arizona History (3)
HIS106 Mexican-American History (3)
HIS108 Eastern Civilization–Beginning to 1850 (3)
HIS201 Women in U.S. History (3)
HIS208 Eastern Civilization–1850 to Modern Times (3)
HMC250 Humanities in the Western World I (3)
HMC251 Humanities in the Western World II (3)
HMC252 Humanities in the Western World III (3)
LIT234 US Latinx Literature and Culture (3)
MHL100 Music Appreciation (3)
MHL207 Survey of Jazz/Popular Music (3)

Certificates

CERTIFICATES

Certificate programs prepare students for entry-level employment opportunities and some build toward a state of Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) Certificate or a CAC AAS or AGS Degree. Full-time students can complete most certificate programs in one or two semesters.

In addition to offering advanced training or building foundations for future credentials, many certificates build toward an Associate Degree which transfers to the state universities and other higher education institutions.

In Arizona, the public universities support the AAS to BAS Pathway where students may earn 75 credits at CAC and complete a 120 credit baccalaureate degree by earning the last 45 credits at the university/four-year college.

Certificates require the following:

  • Students must earn a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students must complete one-third of the certificate credits from CAC.

Accounting
Accounting AAS
Accounting Certificate *

Administration of Justice
Administration of Justice Studies AA
Administration of Justice AAS

Agriculture
Agriculture AA
Agriculture AS
Agriculture Business Certificate *
Agriculture General AAS
Agriculture General Certificate *

Animal Science
Equine Management and Training AAS
Equine Management and Training Certificate *

Business
Business AAS
Business Certificate *
Management Certificate *
Hotel and Restaurant Management AAS
Hotel and Restaurant Management Certificate *
Logistics and Supply Chain Management Certificate
Logistics and Supply Chain Management AAS
Recreation Management Certificate
See Sports and Fitness

Chemistry
Chemistry AS

Communication Studies
Communication Skills for the Professional Certificate
Communication Studies Certificate

Computer
Application Development Certificate *
Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Certificate *
See Technology
Computer Programming AAS
Computer Programming Certificate *
Cyber Operations AAS
Geographic Information Systems AAS
GIS Drafting and Mapping Certificate *
Computer Business Applications AAS
Computer Business Applications Specialist Certificate *
Network Administration with Cyber-Security Fundamentals AAS
Network Administration with Cyber-Security Fundamentals Certificate *
Web Design Certificate
Web Development AAS

Culinary Arts
Baking and Pastry Certificate *
Culinary Arts AAS
Culinary Arts Certificate I *
Culinary Arts Certificate II *

Diesel/Heavy Equipment
Diesel Technology AAS
Diesel Technology Certificate *
Heavy Equipment Operator AAS
Heavy Equipment Operator Level I Certificate *
Heavy Equipment Operator Level II Certificate *

Education
Early Childhood Education AA
Early Childhood Education AAS
Early Childhood Education Certificate *
Early Childhood Education Infant-Toddler AAS
Early Childhood Education Infant-Toddler Certificate *
Elementary Education AAEE

Emergency Medical Services
Basic EMT Certificate
Critical Care for Paramedics Certificate
Paramedicine Certificate *
Paramedicine AAS

Fire Services
Driver Operator Certificate
Fire Officer 1 Certificate
Firefighter Operations Certificate *
Fire Science Technology AAS
Wildland Firefighter I Certificate

Geographic Information Systems
See Computer

Geology and Planetary Science
Geology and Planetary Science AS

Health Careers
Clinical Laboratory Assistant Certificate *
Coding and Reimbursement Certificate *
Community Health Worker Certificate *
Community Public Health AA
Health Information Technology AAS
Massage Therapy AAS
Massage Therapy Certificate *
Medical Assistant AAS
Medical Laboratory Technician AAS
Nursing AAS
Pharmacy Technician Certificate *
Pharmacy Technician AAS
Radiologic Technology AAS

Manufacturing
Advanced Concrete Construction Certificate
CNC Lathe Machine Programming Certificate
CNC Milling Machine Programming Certificate
Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) Certificate *
Industrial Construction Certificate
Advanced Industrial Construction Certificate
Industrial Maintenance Certificate
Advanced Industrial Maintenance Technician Certificate
LabVIEW Programming Certificate *
Machinist Technology Certificate
Manufacturing Engineering Technology AAS
Mechatronics Certificate *
Nanofabrication Technology AAS
Production Technician Certificate
Advanced Production Technician Certificate
Advanced Production Maintenance Technician Certificate
Programmable Logic Controller Certificate *
SUNDT Construction Operator’s Apprenticeship Certificate

Nutrition and Dietetics
Community Nutrition Worker Certificate *
Diabetes Care and Education Certificate *
Dietetic Technician AAS
Nutrition and Foodservice Professional Training Program Certificate *
Nutrition and Health Promotion Certificate *

Sports and Fitness
Recreation and Tourism Management AA Degree
Recreation Management Certificate *
Sports Management AA

Technology
Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) Certificate *
Fundamentals of New Arc Welding Certificate
Pipe Welding Certificate
Structural Welding Certificate *
Welding Technology AAS

Visual and Performing Arts
Artist and Venue Management AAS
Artist and Venue Management Certificate *
Digital Media Arts AAS
Fine Arts AA
Graphic Design Certificate *
Live Audio and Lighting AAS
Live Audio and Lighting Certificate *
Popular Music Performance AAS
Popular Music Performance Certificate *
Recording Engineering AAS
Recording Engineering Certificate *

PROGRAMS WITH SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

The following degrees and certificates are also offered at Central Arizona College; however, they have special requirements which must be fulfilled before enrollment. Please see the individual listing for specific information.

Corrections
Corrections AAS
Advanced Corrections Certificate *

Diesel/Heavy Equipment
Heavy Equipment Mechanic’s Apprenticeship Program Certificate *
Operator’s Apprenticeship Program (AGC) Certificate *

* Certificates with an asterisk are eligible for federal financial aid because they meet gainful employment criteria per policy 34 CFR 668.6.

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