Associate of General Studies

The Associate of General Studies Degree provides an opportunity to design a program that meets a student’s particular needs. It is also designed for students wishing to acquire a broad education, rather than pursuing a specific college major or career technical program. College work may include courses selected from a variety of professional/technical and college transfer courses. This degree may be customized in consultation with your advisor at TBCC and an intended transfer institution. Students are responsible for checking with the college of their choice if transferability is desired.



Competency in writing must be demonstrated by either:

Completing WR 121 with a grade of “C” or better, or

Passing a Lower Division Collegiate* writing course for which WR 121 is a prerequisite with a letter grade of “C” or better.

*See “Course Descriptions” in Catalog for a complete list.

Students with A.A., A.A.S., A.G.S., A.S., B.A., B.S., degrees or higher from a U.S. regionally accredited institution will have the basic competency in writing (WR 121) waived. Other writing requirements specified by the program remain in effect.


Competency in mathematics must be demonstrated by either:

Completing MTH 65 with a grade of “C” or better, or

Passing a mathematics course (minimum of 3 credits) for which MTH 65 or higher is a prerequisite with a grade of “C” or better.


Students must earn a minimum of 16 credits of General Education taken from the General Education Distribution/Discipline Studies List. These credits must come from courses taken in the following categories:

  • Art and Letters
  • Social Sciences
  • Mathematics, Sciences, and Computer Studies

The 16 credits must include at least one course with a minimum of three credits from each category. General Education requirements for the AGS degree will be waived for students who enroll at TBCC with an A.A., A.A.S., A.G.S., A.S., B.A., B.S. degree or higher from a regionally accredited United States institution.


All students must complete sufficient elective credits to meet the overall requirement of 90 credits for this degree. Elective credits may be selected from any courses numbered 100 or higher (either Lower Division Collegiate or Career Technical Education). Elective credit limitations are:

  • Maximum of six credits (100 level and above) of physical education (PE) may apply
  • Maximum of six credits of one credit MSD workshops may apply.


1. All candidates must earn a minimum of 90 credits which count toward an associate degree. Credit courses numbered below 100 may not be applied in fulfillment of the 90 credit minimum requirement for any degree.

2. Residency Requirement:

  • All candidates for a degree at TBCC must accumulate at least 30 quarter hours of satisfactory work at TBCC to establish residency. Non-traditional credit, credit transferred from another institution or challenge credit may not be used to establish the 30 quarter hour residency requirement.
  • Twenty-four of the credits earned at TBCC must apply to the specific associate degree requirements the student is pursuing.

3. All candidates for a degree must have a 2.0 grade point average (C average).

4. Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirement limits:

  • TBCC courses approved to be repeated for credit other than Cooperative Education may only be applied once in fulfillment of a TBCC degree or certificate requirement. Students may take a course additional times for credit, if the course is so designated, but those additional credits may not be used toward fulfilling TBCC degree or certificate requirements.
  • In cases where a general education course has been split into a multi-course sequence (a 101 course becomes 101a, 101B, and 101C, for example),  only one course in the sequence may be used to meet the General Education requirement, even if the student takes multiple courses in the sequence.
  • A maximum of 12 credits of Cooperative Education courses may be applied to the degree.
  • A maximum of 9 credits of 199 or 299 Experimental courses may be applied to the degree.
  • A maximum of 24 credits of “P” (Pass) grades may be applied to any degree.
Links: Associate of General Studies Work Sheet

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For more information contact Career Education Advisor (503) 842-8222 x1145


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