The purpose of the Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree is to provide students an opportunity to pursue a broad general education during the two years at a community college. It is intended as a flexible program for the student who is not pursuing a specified curriculum in the lower division transfer or career technical areas. The AGS degree may, in addition to including the number of hours in the divisional areas as listed below, include courses in lower division collegiate transfer and career technical education. Because of the flexibility and broad approach of this degree, a student may find that it may not fulfill all of the requirements of full junior standing when transferred to a four-year institution.

This flexible degree option enables a student to complete an associate’s degree that is tailored to the general education requirements of the transfer school. Students must exercise caution in using the AGS option, as the degree does not guarantee transferability of courses completed. Educational planning for the AGS should be done with the help of an advisor.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours of specified courses with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AGS degree is awarded. In addition to the General Education Requirements and the Distribution Requirements, students must complete enough elective courses to reach a total of 90 credits for the degree. All courses must be numbered 100 or above to counts toward an AGS degree.

Students must complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

General Education Requirements


Two (2) courses at a level equivalent to courses below:

WR121English Composition3
or WR121H English Composition w/Honors
WR122English Composition3
or WR122H English Composition w/Honors


One (1) course in speech at a level equivalent to SP100 Basic Speech Communications or higher.


One (1) course of college-level mathematics from MTH105 Math in Society or higher, excluding MTH211 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics I.

Health, Wellness, and Fitness

Three (3) credits of PE185 sport/activity or choose one (1) three-credit course from HE250 Personal Health or PE231 Wellness for Life.

Digital Literacy

CIS120Concepts of Computing4

Distribution Requirements

Arts and Letters

Three (3) courses from:

Note:  A second-year foreign language may be included, but not a first-year foreign language.

ART115Basic Design I, Intro to Elements Elements Of Art & Prin Of Design4
ART116Basic Design II, Color Theory4
ART117Basic Design III, Intro to 3D Design4
ART131Introduction to Drawing I3
ART132Introduction to Drawing II3
ART133Introduction to Drawing III3
ART191Beginning Sculpture3
ART192Beginning Sculpture3
ART204History of Western Art: Introduction to Art History3
ART205History of Western Art: Introduction to Art History3
ART206History of Western Art: Introduction to Art History3
ART225Computer Art I3
ART244Bronze Casting3
ART253Ceramics I3
ART256Ceramics II3
ART281Painting I Beginning3
ART282Painting II Beginning3
ART283Painting III Beginning3
ART284Painting I Intermediate3
ART285Painting II Intermediate3
ART286Painting III Intermediate3
ASL2012nd Yr American Sign Language I4
ASL2022nd Yr American Sign Language II4
ASL2032nd Yr American Sign Language III4
ENG104Introduction to Literature Fiction3
ENG105Introduction to Literature Drama3
ENG106Introduction to Literature Poetry3
ENG107World Literature3
or ENG107H World Literature w/Honors
ENG108World Literature3
ENG109World Literature3
ENG204Survey of English Literature3
or ENG204H Survey of English Lit w/Honors
ENG205Survey of English Literature3
ENG206Survey of English Literature3
HUM204World Mythology & Religion3
HUM205World Mythology & Religion3
HUM206World Mythlgy & Religion3
J203Writing for Media I3
J205Writing for Media II3
J215Publishing Lab3
MUS101Music Fundamentals3
MUS111Music Theory I3
MUS112Music Theory II3
MUS113Music Theory III3
MUS201Intro to Music and its Literature3
MUS202Intro to Music and its Literature3
MUS203Intro to Music and its Literature3
MUS205Intro to Jazz History3
MUS206Intro to History of Rock and Roll3
MUS211Advanced Music Theory I3
MUS212Advanced Music Theory II3
MUS213Advanced Music Theory III3
PHL101Introduction to Philosophy Philosophical Problems3
PHL103Intro to Logic and Critical Thnkg3
SP100Basic Speech Communications3
SP111Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
SP218Interpersonal Communication3
SP219Small Group Discussion3
SP220Gender and Communication3
SPAN201Second Year Spanish4
SPAN202Second Year Spanish4
SPAN203Second Year Spanish4
WR241Imaginative Creative Writing Fiction3
WR242Imaginative Writing Poetry Poetry3
WR243Imaginative Writing Explorations3

Social Sciences

Three (3) courses from:

ANTH221Intro to Cultural Anthropology I3
or ANTH221H Intro to Cultural Anthropology Hon
ANTH222Cultural Anthropology II3
or ANTH222H Cultural Anthropology II with Honor
ANTH223Cultural Anthropology III3
or ANTH223H Cultural Anthropology III with Hono
ANTH224Intro to Medical Anthropology3
ANTH230Native North Americans: Oregon3
ANTH231Native North Americans: PNW3
ANTH232Native North Americans3
CJ101Intro to Criminology4
or CJ101H Intro to Criminology w/Honors
ED169Overview of Student Special Needs3
ED258Multicultural Education3
GEOG105Cultural Geography3
HDFS140Contemporary American Families3
HDFS222Family Relations3
HDFS229Development in Middle Childhood3
HDFS247Preschool Child Development3
HST101History of Western Civilization3
HST102History of Western Civilization3
HST103History of Western Civilization3
HST104History of the Middle East3
HST201History of the United States3
HST202History of the United States3
HST203History of the United States3
HST240Hist of Oregon and the South Coast3
PS201American Government Political Institutions3
PS202American Government Policy Issues3
PS203Local Politics and Government3
PSY100Introduction to Psychology4
PSY201General Psychology3
or PSY201H General Psychology w/Honors
PSY202General Psychology3
or PSY202H General Psychology w/Honors
PSY203General Psychology3
or PSY203H General Psychology w/Honors
PSY216Social Psychology3
PSY228Introduction to Social Science Research3
PSY231Human Sexuality3
PSY237Life Span Development3
PSY239Introduction to Abnormal Psychology3
SOC105Introduction to Criminology4
SOC204Introduction to Sociology3
or SOC204H Introduction to Sociology with Hono
SOC205Social Institutions and Change3
or SOC205H Institutions and Social Change Hon
SOC206Social Problems and Issues3
or SOC206H Social Problems and Issues with Hon
SOC208Sociology of Sport3
SOC210Marriage and Family3
SOC213Racial and Ethnic Relations3
WS101Introduction to Women's Studies Gender and Power3

Science/Mathematics/Computer Science

Select three (3) courses with a minimum of two (2) laboratory courses in biological or physical science:

Laboratory Courses

BI101General Biology4
BI102General Biology4
BI103General Biology4
BI142Habitats: Marine Biology4
BI201Introductory Biology4
BI202Introductory Biology4
BI203Introductory Biology4
BI231Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BI232Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BI233Human Anatomy and Physiology III4
CHEM221General Chemistry I5
CHEM222General Chemistry II5
CHEM223General Chemistry III5
ENV235Introduction to Soil Science4
G201Physical Geology I4
G202Physical Geology II4
G203Historical Geology4
GS104Physical Science4
GS105Physical Science4
GS106Introduction to Earth Science4
NR260Watershed Processes4
PH201Gen Physics I: Mechanics5
PH202General Physics II: Heat, Waves, Relativity5
PH203General Physics III: Electricity and Magnetism5
PH211General Physics w/Calculus I5
PH212General Physics w/Calculus II5
PH213General Physics w/Calculus III5

Other Approved Courses

BI140Practical Ecology3
BI149Introduction to Human Genetics3
CHEM110Foundations of General, Organic, and Biochemistry4
or CHEM110H Foundations of General Organic, and Biochemistry w/Honors
CS160Computer Science Orientation4
CS161Introduction to Computer Science I4
CS162Introduction to Computer Science II4
CS261Data Structures4
ENV110Introduction Environmental Science3
G146Geology of Southwestern Oregon3
G207Geology of the Pacific Northwest3
G221General Geology3
G246Geological Hazards And Natural Catastrophes3
MTH105Math in Society4
MTH111College Algebra4
or MTH111H College Algebra w/Honors
or MTH112H Trigonometry w/Honors
MTH212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
MTH213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
MTH231Elements of Discrete Mathematics I4
MTH232Elements of Discrete Mathematics II4
MTH241Calculus for Bus and Soc Science I4
MTH242Calculus for Bus and Soc Science II4
MTH243Intro to Probability and Statistics Statistics4
MTH251Calculus I Differential Calculus4
or MTH251H Calculus I w/Honors
MTH252Calculus II Integral Calculus4
or MTH252H Calculus II w/Honors
MTH253Calculus III Infinite Sequences And Series4
or MTH253H Calculus III w/Honors
MTH254Vector Calculus I4
MTH255Vector Calculus II4
MTH256Differential Equations4
MTH260Matrix Methods and Linear Algebra4


  • Students may take any college-level course including career and technical education courses without limitation that would bring total credits to 90 credit hours.
  • A maximum of nine (9) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses may be applied toward an AGS degree.
  • Three (3) credits hours of PE185 may be granted toward an AGS degree for completion of military basic training.  A copy of the military transcript or DD-214 is required.
  • Courses numbered 199/299 will qualify as elective credit only.

Supportive Courses

Note: The College has determined that the following supportive courses may be necessary to assist students to successfully complete their program; they count as electives only.

CIS125WWord Processing Applications Microsoft3
HD100College Success and Survival3
HD111Math Success2
HD112Study Skills3
HD113Stop Test Anxiety Now1
HD140Career/Education Exploration1
HD147Decision Making1
HD152Stress Management1
HD204Living Consciously3
HD208Career/Life Plan3
LIB127Navigating the 24/7 Library1
OA121Beginning Keyboarding3

A maximum number of 45 credits is allowed for basic, developmental, or supportive courses under federal financial aid guidelines.