Associate of General Studies Degree Requirements

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree is awarded to students who complete a two-year curriculum, which may include lower-division collegiate and/or career and technical coursework. You may earn an Associate of General Studies degree in any program of study available at LBCC.

For students who are not pursuing specific transfer or Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, the Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree provides an alternative to pursue a broad general education background and accomplish personal educational goals. It is important for a student to work closely with an advisor in designing a course plan for this degree. Because of the flexibility of this degree, it may not fulfill requirements for transfer to a four-year institution.

General Requirements:

  1. Complete the 14 credits of general education requirements, 55 credits of general electives, and 21 credits of focused electives.
  2. Complete a minimum of 90 credits.
  3. Complete a minimum of 24 credits at LBCC.
  4. Maintain a minimum accumulative grade point average of 2.00 or better.

General Education Requirements

Writing/Composition (4 Credits)

Take the following or a higher level course:

WR 121English Composition


(You must pass WR 115 with a “C” or better or attain an appropriate score on the Placement Test to enroll in WR 121.)

Communication (3 Credits)

Select one course.

COMM 100Intro to Speech Communication


COMM 111Public Speaking


COMM 114Argument and Critical Discourse


COMM 218Interpersonal Communication


Mathematics (4 Credits)

Take one mathematics course, MTH 075 or higher.

Health and Physical Education (3 Credits)

Select 3 credits. Only one activity course may be taken twice to meet general education requirements, and no more than two activity courses per quarter will count toward general education requirements.

HE 112Emergency First Aid


HE 125Occupational Safety and Health


HE 225Social & Individual Health Determinants


HE 252First Aid


HE 261CPR: Professional Rescuer


PE 185PE Activity Course


PE 231Lifetime Health & Fitness


Focused Electives

Choose Option 1 or Option 2. All focused electives must be collegiate-level courses – any course numbered 100 or higher.

Option 1 – focused exploration of Humanities/Arts, Social Science, and Math/Science.

Select 21 credits from the following categories, with a minimum of 3 credits from each group. To determine if a class may be applied toward fulfilling these requirements for the Associate of General Studies degree, look for the proper symbol in the “Course Descriptions” section of this catalog.

The Humanities/Arts group:

Art, creative writing, foreign languages (200-level courses only), literature, music, philosophy, religion, theater

The Social Science group:

History, psychology, sociology, political science, anthropology, economics

The Math/Science group:

Mathematics, animal science, biology, physical science, physics

Option 2 – focused exploration in a career and technical area.

Select 21 credits of career and technical courses. Work with a career and technical program advisor to select appropriate courses that are from an approved career and technical program.

General Electives

Select 56 general elective credits. General electives may include any combination of lower division transfer and/or career and technical education courses. All general electives must be collegiate-level courses.