Graduates from Cuesta College have conferred upon them the degree of Associate in Arts or Associate in Science. Requirements for graduation are prescribed by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and the District Board of Trustees.

Designated Degree Requirements

• 60 semester degree applicable credits of lower division college level work with an overall average of "C" (2.00 GPA) or better;
• Prescribed coursework in an area of emphasis or major with grades of "C" or better; 
• Minimum of 12 semester credits completed at Cuesta College; 
• General Education coursework (local GE, CSU GE, or IGETC) - overall minimum 2.00 GPA; 
• English and Math competency; 
• Heath Education (except ADT- see requirements below); 
• Diversity (except ADT- see requirements below); 
• American Institutions (except ADT- see requirements below).

A.A., Liberal Arts Requirement.

• 60 semester transferable credits overall (CSU or UC)

-lower division coursework only (use of upper division credit is subject to approval)

• Completion of the CSU GE with an overall minimum GPA of 2.00 or 
• Completion of IGETC (minimum grade of "C" required in all coursework), or
• Completion of Cuesta AA GE with a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 
• 18 semester credits in one of the following Areas of Emphasis with grades of "C" or better:

-Arts and Humanities


-Social and Behavorial Sciences

For Depth, two courses must be from a single discipline For Breadth, at least three disciplines must be selected.

ADT (AA for Transfer and AS for Transfer)

(1) Completion of 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:

(A) The California State University General Education Breadth Requirements (CSU GE) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), and

(B) A minimum of 18 semester credits or 27 quarter credits in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.

(2) A minimum overall grade point average of 2.0.

(3) A “C” or better grade in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis; a “P” (Pass) grade is not an acceptable grade for courses in the major. External exams such as Advanced Placement, etc. are not subject to this grade restriction.