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2017-2018 Catalog Year
Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts degree is primarily for students planning to transfer with junior standing to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree. Satisfactory completion of an AA degree guarantees completion of the lower division general education requirements at UNR, UNLV or NSC. Students intending to transfer to other schools should see a counselor or follow the catalog of the transfer school.

Courses with a number under 100 (such as ENG 95) are not applicable toward the Associate of Arts degree. All courses to be counted toward this degree must be university transferable.

Courses that are not transferable to an NSHE institution do not apply toward an Associate of Arts degree and are indicated with a non-transferable course attribute in the course catalog.

A maximum of six units of special topics classes in one subject area may apply toward any WNC degree.


The purpose of the Associate of Arts degree is to provide the academic knowledge and skills for successful transfer to meet higher educational goals.

Student Outcomes:

Students who complete an Associate of Arts degree at WNC are expected to demonstrate that they:

  • have met the general education student learning outcomes.
  • can succeed at their transfer institutions.


See a WNC counselor for the most up-to-date information regarding UNR and other university transfer requirements.

A minimum of 60 total credits chosen from the following categories:

Program Requirements

The Associate of Arts Degree is designed so students may tailor it to meet degree requirements for a variety of majors at transfer institutions.

Transfer Requirements or General Electives: 22–27 Units (Credits)

Students should utilize this area to take courses that meet requirements for their major at their intended transfer school. Those who have not yet selected a major may choose from among any university transferable courses to explore their options. Students planning to transfer to the University of Nevada, Reno should obtain a transfer handout from WNC Counseling Services or the UNR Transfer Center.

General Education Requirements

Liberal Arts Requirement: 6 Units (Credits)

Choose from the following. Courses used to meet general education requirements may also be used to fulfill Liberal Art requirements.

  • Any foreign language course numbered 200 or higher
  • Deaf Studies: 147, 148
  • ART, ENG, MUS, THTR numbered 200 or higher
  • CH, HIST, PHIL numbered 200 or higher
  • ANTH, CRJ, ECON, HGPS, PSC, PSY, SOC, SW numbered 200 or higher
  • Geography: 200

English/Communications Requirement: 6–8 Units (Credits)

Fine Arts Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

* Course may not meet the fine arts requirement at all universities. Please see a counselor.

Humanities Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

UNR transfer students, choose at least one of the following courses: CH201, CH202, HIST105, HIST106, PHIL200, PHIL207

Mathematics Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

Science Requirement: 6 Units (Credits)

* Completion of CHEM 121 or BIOL 190 and 190L, BIOL 223 and BIOL 224, and BIOL251 fulfills the science general education requirement.

Social Sciences Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements: 3 or 6 Units (Credits)