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.
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:
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: 25–30 (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
English/Communications Requirement: 6–8 Units (Credits)
Fine Arts Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)
- Art: 100, 101*,160, 260, 261
- Dance: 101
- Humanities: 101
- Music: 121, 124, 125
- Music: Ensemble: 101*
- Theatre: 100, 105*, 180
* Course may not meet the fine arts requirement at all universities. Please see a counselor.
Humanities Requirement: 6 Units (Credits)
UNR transfer students, include at least one of the following courses: CH201, CH202, HIST105, HIST106, PHIL200, PHIL207
- Core Humanities: 201, 202
- English: 200, 223, 266, 267, 271
- History: 105, 106, 247
- Philosophy: 101, 135, 200, 203, 204, 207, 210
Mathematics Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)
Science Requirement: 6 Units (Credits)
- Anthropology: 102, 110L
- Astronomy: 109, 110, 120
- Atmospheric Sciences: 117
- Biology: 100, 113, 190 & 190L, 191 & 191L, 200
- Chemistry: 100, 121*, 122
- Environmental Studies: 100, 101
- Geography: 103, 104
- Geology: 100, 101, 102, 103, 105, 127, 201
- Nutrition: 121
- Physics: 100, 151, 152, 180 & 180L, 181 & 181L, 182 & 182L
* Completion of CHEM121, BIOL 223 and BIOL224, and BIOL251 fulfills the science general education requirement.
Social Sciences Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)
- Anthropology: 101, 201, 202, 212, 215
- Core Humanities: 203
- Criminal Justice: 101, 102
- Economics: 100, 102, 103
- Geography: 106, 200
- History: 101, 102, 111, 217
- Political Science: 103, 208, 231
- Psychology: 101, 102, 233, 234, 240, 261
- Sociology: 101, 205, 261, 275
U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements: 3 or 6 Units (Credits)
- Core Humanities: 203
- History: 111*
- History: 101* & 102*
- History: 101* & 217*
- Political Science: 103*
- History and Political Science Combination (History 101* and Political Science 208*)
* These courses will not fulfill UNR's CH203 requirement if taken after the student has been admitted and enrolled at UNR.