What is a Major?
The major is the principal field of study for a university student. This is where a student develops the greatest depth of knowledge. All students are required to designate a major or field of study when transferring to the university. For transfer students, introductory coursework (often called lower-division / prerequisite coursework) in the major is completed at the community college prior to transfer to the university. See the section on ASSIST and Major Preparation for determining required major coursework.
Major Courses ONLY. Number of units required
varies. A series of special major courses, all related to a particular occupational skill. Offered by community colleges and private educational organizations. This course of study can be helpful in obtaining or upgrading employment.
Major Courses plus general education courses and electives, 60 units required. Usually referred to
Bachelor’s degree plus graduate courses in a
specialized area. Bachelor’s degree plus 36- 56 units depending on major. Usually referred to as MS (Master of Science) or MA (Master of Arts) degree. This degree normally requires two additional years of full-time study after completion of bachelor’s degree.
Advanced training beyond a bachelor’s or master’s
The Bachelor of Arts Degree
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Min. units 60 - Max. units 70
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as an AA (Associate of Arts) or an AS (Associate of
Science) degree. Normally requires 2 years of full time study but may take longer.
Major Courses plus general education and electives,
120- 132 total units required. Usually referred to as a BA (bachelor of arts) or BS (bachelor of science) degree. Normally requires 4-5 years of full-time study. Students may complete the Freshman and Sophomore years (lower division) at a community college and then transfer to a 4-year university for Junior and Senior (upper division) courses.
degree. Units vary, depending on field of study.
Usually referred to as Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). Normally requires three to five additional years of full-time work after completion of Master’s Degree.
Professional DegreeProfessional degrees are advanced degrees in fields like dentistry, ministry, law, medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. These degrees are earned after