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Table of Contents

  1. Welcome
  2. Using the PCC Website
  3. Certificate and Degree Requirements
  4. For My Degree, How Many...
  5. Choosing Classes for My Programs
  6. Finding Classes
  7. Important Dates and Deadlines
  8. Year Structure and Credits Per Class
  9. Based on Your Assessments
  10. Building a Schedule Step 1
  11. Building a Schedule Step 2
  12. Completing Your Registration
  13. What Next? Student Resources

Student Success at Pima - New Student Orientation

4. For My Degree, How Many...


Associate Degree for Direct Employment

Associate Degree for Transfer

General Education Classes

19-21 credits
(7-8 classes)

35 credits
(11 classes)

(courses that go towards your specific program or major)

39-41 credits

25-29 credits



60 credits minimum

60-64 credits

No matter what kind of program of study you choose you will need some General Education courses. These courses are also a great way to start filling in schedule gaps, especially if you have not yet chosen a program of study. Some examples of general education course areas are:

  1. Communication
  2. Analysis and Critical Thinking
  3. Humanities, Social Sciences, Leadership and Ethics
  4. Computer and Information Literacy

If you need more credits, try an introductory course in your major or an area of interest.