Oct 16, 2019  
2017-2018 Catalog (Archived) 
2017-2018 Catalog (Archived) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degrees & Certificates

Associate Degrees:

Because learning is a continual process of self-discovery, students are encouraged to keep an open mind about their potential and options. California Community Colleges have unique relationships with the University of California and California State University systems so that students can move easily from a two-year to a four-year college. With proper planning, students can earn an associate degree while fulfilling the lower division requirements of a four-year school. When choosing courses at Merced College, students are encouraged to keep their options open for transfer.

Certificates of Achievement:

Students interested in taking only the occupational major area classes will be eligible to receive a Certificate of Achievement from Merced College upon the successful completion of the final occupational major area course. A minimum 2.0 grade point or better is required in the area of concentration, and a minimum of 12 units must be taken at Merced College.

Merced College awards Associate Degrees, Associate Degrees for Transfer or Certificates in the following areas:


Administrative Office Management

  • 05007.AA Administrative Medical Office Professional (AA)
  • 05008.AA Administrative Office Professional (AA)
  • 05007.CT Administrative Medical Office Professional (CT)
  • 05008.CT Administrative Office Professional (CT)


  • 01050.AA General Agriculture (AA)
  • 01040.AS General Agriculture: Advanced (AS)
  • 01052.CL Agricultural Chemicals (CL)
  • 01050.CT General Agriculture (CT)
  • 01000.AST Agriculture Business (AST)
  • 01000.AS Agriculture Business (AS)
  • 01000.CT Agriculture Business (CT)
  • 01100.AS Animal Science (AS)
  • 01100.CT Animal Science (CT)
  • 22000.AAT Anthropology (AAT)
  • 10110.AA Art (AA)

Automotive Technology

  • 09000.AA Automotive Technology (AA)
  • 09003.AA Master Auto Technology (AA)
  • 09001.CL Body and Fender (CL)
  • 09002.CL Engine Performance (CL)
  • 09003.CT Master Auto Technology (CT)
  • 09004.CL Suspension and Brakes (CL)
  • 09006.CL Transmissions (CL)
  • 04100.AST Biology (AST)
  • 04135.AS Biotechnology-Industry (AS)
  • 04137.AS Biotechnology Pre Professional (AS)
  • 04130.CB Biotechnology (CB)


  • 05100.AST Business Administration (AST)
  • 05150.AA General Business (AA)
  • 05150.CT General Business (CT)
  • 19100.AST Chemistry (AST)

Child Development

  • 13010.AST Early Childhood Education (AST)
  • 13010.AA Child Development (AA)
  • 13015.CT Child Development: Early Intervention Assistant Specialization (CT)
  • 13020.CT Child Development: Families In Crisis Specialization (CT)
  • 13025.CT Child Development: Infant/Toddler Care Specialization (CT)
  • 13030.CT Child Development: School Age Care Specialization (CT)
  • 15601.AAT Communication Studies (AAT)

Computer Science

  • 07200.AST Computer Science (AST)
  • 07300.AS Management Information Systems (AS)

Criminal Justice

  • 21075.AST Administration of Justice (AST)
  • 21150.AA Criminal Justice (AA)
  • 21150.CT Criminal Justice (CT)
  • 01150.AA Crop Science (AA)
  • 01150.AS Crop Science (AS)
  • 01150.CT Crop Science (CT)
  • 49100.CT CSU General Education (CSU-GE-Breadth) (CT)
  • 01200.AS Diesel Equipment Technology (AS)
  • 01200.CT Diesel Equipment Technology (CT)
  • 13180.CL Dietetic Services Supervisor (CL)

Drafting Technology

  • 09104.AS CAD Drafting - Architectural Design(AS)
  • 09105.AS CAD Drafting - Mechanical Design (AS)
  • 09101.AS CAD Draftsman - Architectural (AS)
  • 09102.AS CAD Draftsman - Mechanical (AS)
  • 09101.CL CAD Draftsman - Architectural (CL)
  • 09102.CL CAD Draftsman - Mechanical (CL)
  • 09104.CT CAD Drafting - Architectural Design (CT)
  • 09105.CT CAD Drafting - Mechanical Design (CT)
  • 09103.CB CAD Operator (CB)

Electronics/Electrical and Computer Technologies

  • 09040.AA Computer & Networking Technology (AA)
  • 09250.AA Electronics Technician (AA)
  • 09510.AA Industrial Electrical Technician (AA)
  • 09650.AA Instrumentation and Process Control Technology (AA)
  • 09040.CT Computer & Networking Technology (CT)
  • 09510.CT Industrial Electrical Technician (CT)
  • 09250.CT Electronics Technician (CT)
  • 09650.CT Instrumentation and Process Control Technology (CT)
  • 09300.AS Engineering (AS)
  • 09350.AS Engineering Technology (AS)
  • 15200.AAT English (AAT)


  • 05700.AA Small Business Entrepreneurship (AA)
  • 05700.CT Small Business Entrepreneurship (CT)
  • 22200.AAT Economics (AAT)
  • 49810.AAT Elementary Teacher Education (AA-T)
  • 01225.AS Equine Science and Management (AS)
  • 01225.CT Equine Science and Management (CT)
  • 21400.AS Fire Technology (AS)
  • 21400.CT Fire Technology (CT)
  • 13160.AA Foods and Nutrition (AA)
  • 13160.CL Foods and Nutrition (CL)
  • 11200.AA French (AA)
  • 22250.AAT Geography (AAT)
  • 19400.AST Geology (AST)
  • 11400.AA German (AA)
  • 12300.AA Health Sciences (AA)

Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration Technology

  • 09401.AA Commercial Refrigeration Technician (AA)
  • 09400.AA HVAC Technician (AA)
  • 09401.CT Commercial Refrigeration Technician (CT)
  • 09400.CT HVAC Technician (CT)
  • 22300.AAT History (AAT)
  • 21500.AA Human Services (AA)
  • 21500.CT Human Services (CT)
  • 49300.AA Humanities (AA)
  • 49200.CT IGETC (CT)
  • 09550.AA Industrial Maintenance Technology (AA)
  • 09550.CT Industrial Maintenance Technology (CT)
  • 22700.AA International Studies (AA)
    (Discontinued effective Summer 2018)
  • 12400.AAT Kinesiology (AAT)
  • 01350.AS Landscape Horticulture (AS)
  • 01350.CT Landscape Horticulture (CT)
  • 49501.AA Liberal Studies (Teaching Preparation) (AA)
  • 05450.AA Management/Supervisory Training (AA)
  • 05450.CT Management/Supervisory Training (CT)
  • 05460.AS Marketing (AS)
  • 05460.CT Marketing (CT)
  • 17400.AST Mathematics (AST)

Mechanized Agriculture

  • 01450.AS Mechanized Agriculture Technology (AS)
  • 01450.CT Mechanized Agriculture Technology (CT)
  • 01453.CL Compact Power Equipment (CL)
  • 10400.AAT Music (AAT)
  • 10400.AA Music (AA)
  • 12500.AS Nursing, Registered (AS)
  • 12550.AA Nursing, Vocational (AA)
  • 12550.CT Nursing, Vocational (CT)
  • 13160.AST Nutrition and Dietetics (AST)
  • 15400.AAT Philosophy (AAT)
  • 10500.AA Photography (AA)
  • 10500.CL Photography (CL)
  • 08500.AA Physical Education (AA)
  • 19700.AST Physics (AST)
  • 20500.AA Psychology (AA)
  • 20500.AAT Psychology (AAT)

Radiologic Technology

  • 12700.AS Diagnostic Radiologic Technology (AS)
  • 12700.CF Diagnostic Radiologic Technology (CF)
  • 22600.AA Social and Behavioral Sciences (AA)
  • 22650.AAT Sociology (AAT)
  • 11600.AAT Spanish (AAT)
  • 10550.AAT Studio Arts (AAT)


  • 12800.CT Diagnostic Medical Sonography (CT)
  • 10600.AAT Theatre Arts (AAT)
  • 10600.AA Theatre Arts (AA)
  • 09800.AA Welding Technology (AA)
  • 09810.CL Advanced Welding and Metal Fabrication (CL)

Continuing Education (Noncredit)

  • 49165.NC Basic Skills
  • 21078.NC Court Interpreter
  • 49196.NC ESL Beginning Skills Program
  • 49198.NC ESL Intermediate Skills Program
  • 10100.NC Medical Assistant
  • 49199.NC Reading and Writing College Preparatory Basic Skills
  • 07744.NC Technical Office Occupations

Certificates Not Transcripted

  • 05150.CE Business Information Worker
  • 05200.CO Customer Service Academy Certificate (CO)
  • 12100.CE Emergency Medical Technician (CE)
  • 09780.CE Entry Level Welding (CE)
  • 12150.CO Nursing Assistant (CO)
  • 09785.CE Pipe Welding Technology (CE)
  • 05600.CE Real Estate Salesperson License (CE)
  • 05725.CE Social Media (CE)
  • 05800.CE Virtual Office Professional (CE)


AA-T = Associate in Arts (A.A.-T.) Degree for Transfer
AS-T = Associate in Science (A.S.-T.) Degree for Transfer
AA = Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree
AS = Associate in Science (A.S.) degree
CE = Certificate requiring 6 to fewer than 18 semester units (Not approved by Chancellor’s Office)
CB = Certificate requiring 12 to fewer than 18 semester units (Approved by Chancellor’s Office)
CL = Certificate requiring 18 to fewer than 30 semester units
CT = Certificate requiring 30 to fewer than 60 semester units
CF = Certificate requiring 60 or more semester units
CO = Other credit Award, under 6 semester units