Associate of General Studies Degree

2018-2019 Online College Catalog

Associate of General Studies Degree

The Associate of General Studies degree provides an alternative for students pursuing some transfer programs to meet individual goals, balancing general education and elective transfer or career technical coursework. Award of this degree does not guarantee admission to a state four-year institution, or that all lower division general education requirements have been met, nor does it ensure junior status at a state four-year institution.

A student selecting this option still must meet the receiving university’s admission requirements, including course standing, grade point average and foreign language.

All courses should be aligned with the student’s intended program of study and the degree requirements at the intended transfer institution.

Each student is strongly encouraged to work with an academic advisor or counselor to match career goals with an appropriate program, and to select appropriate courses for a major at an intended transfer institution.


  1. Complete a total of 90 credits college-level coursework (see notes).
  2. Complete at least 24 credits at Lane.
  3. Foundational Skills and Discipline Studies courses must be a minimum of 3 credits, except for Health/PE courses, which may be any number of credits.
  4. All Elective courses may be any number of credits.
  5. Pass all Foundational Skills courses with a grade of “C-” or “P” or better. Pass all Discipline Studies and Elective courses with a grade of “D-“ or “P” or better.
  6. Cumulative GPA must be at least 2.0 when the Associate of General Studies degree is awarded.
  7. Maximum 16 credits “P” may be used toward degree. This limit does not include courses only offered P/NP.

I. Foundational Skills

English Composition

Two courses (minimum 3 credits each): WR 115 (summer 1999 or after), WR 121/WR 121_H, WR 122/WR 122_H, WR 123, WR 227


One of the following options:

One Course (minimum 4 credits): MTH 105 or higher
Two courses (minimum 4 credits each): MTH 052 or higher and one of the following: CIS 101 or CS 120 (all credits are counted in this area).


Three credits, one course required from the list of activity classes from the AAOT, plus additional credits from PE 181-298 or the listing to total three credits. One credit from PE 186W accepted to meet this requirement.
Three credits EXMS 214, FN 225, HE 152, 209, 222, 240, 250, 255, 262, 275 or 290; or HE 125, 252 (summer 1997 or later), HI 101.

II. Discipline Studies

In addition to courses used for Foundational Skills, students must select additional courses in the areas identified below.

Arts and Letters

12 credits from the following: Art, Art History, Communications, Dance, Effective Learning, Film Arts, Language (CW, FR, SPAN, ASL, and other Transfer Languages), Humanities, Journalism, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Theater Arts, Writing, ES 244.

Social Science

12 credits from the following: Anthropology, Career Guidance (CG), Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geographic Information Science (GIS), Geography, History, Human Development (HD), Human Services (HS), Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Humanities.

Science/Math/Computer Science

14 credits from the following: Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science (CS prefix courses only, not CIS), Engineering, Geographic Information Science (GIS), Geology (G or ENSC), Mathematics (MTH 105 and higher), Physical Science (GS prefix), Physics, Zoology; ANTH 101, CJA 214, DA 110, DRF 205, DRF 207, ET 129, ET 130, ET 131, ET 145, ET 146, ET 151, ET 152, FT 113, GEOG 141, HO 150, HO 152, PSY 217, WST 230.

NOTE: Only one of the BI 101s, and one of the BI 102s and one of the BI 103s will meet the Science/Math/Computer Science requirements for any Lane Degree. (See the course description for more information).

III. Electives

Any college-level courses that bring total credits to 90 credits including: 

  • Up to 18 credits of Cooperative Education may be included as electives. See Cooperative Education/Internships in the Course Descriptions.
  • Up to 12 credits of Individual Music Lessons (MUP) may be included as electives.
  • Up to 12 credits of Physical Education activity may be included within the entire degree (Electives and Health/Wellness Fitness).
  • Although there are no limits on Career Technical courses for the AGS, policies on accepting Career Technical credits vary at the four-year institutions in Oregon. Consult an academic advisor about taking Career Technical courses as Electives.


  1. College-level courses are numbered 100 or higher. Courses numbered 001-099 identify developmental courses (e.g. RD 090), with the exception of ENG 110, 116, 117; MTH 100, RD 115, WR 110, 120 and WR 115. (taken before summer 1999), which are considered developmental.
  2. Foundational Skills are open to demonstration of proficiency. For information on waiver testing or credit for prior learning, contact a counselor or academic advisor.
  3. University second language admission requirements for transfer students graduating high school in 1997 and thereafter include one of the following:
    1. two terms of a college-level second language with an average grade of C- or above, OR
    2. two years of the same high school-level second language with an average grade of C- or above, OR
    3. satisfactory performance on an approved second language assessment of proficiency.
    4. demonstrated proficiency in American Sign Language meets this second language admission requirement.
  4. Credit-by-Exam and Credit-by-Assessment may comprise up to 25% of total degree credits.
  5. Repeatable courses may be used once to meet a Discipline Studies requirement. Any additional allowable repeats may be used to meet Elective requirements.
  6. Lower-division college-level courses (100 and 200-level) taken at Lane may not meet the requirements of an upper-division course with a similar title and content offered by public universities in Oregon. In such cases, the courses in question will normally transfer as electives.
  7. Courses numbered 199, 280, 298, or 299 count as electives, and do not meet Discipline Studies requirements. Courses numbered 199 and 299 are experimental, and may later be reviewed and approved for Discipline Studies. Consult an advisor or counselor.