Bakersfield College degrees may be obtained using one of three General Education Patterns. Follow the Bakersfield College General Education for an Associate Degree, follow the CSU Breadth for a degree and transfer to a California State University, or follow the Interstegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for a degree and then transfer to a University of Californian or one of many private schools.
Patterns are located in the Bakersfield College Catalog and on our General Education Patterns page.
For earlier catalog rights, please refer to the appropriate online Bakersfield College catalog.
The Associate Degree requires 60 degree applicable or transfer level units.
BC offers four types of Associate Degrees
In addition to the four Associate Degrees, BC offers the Baccalaureate Degree in Industrial Automation with additional requirements. See the Catalog for additional information and talk to a counselor to make sure you meet all requirements.
Generally, only one Associate in Arts degree may be earned at BC. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Office of Student Learning at (661) 395-4305
NOTE: A student completing their final coursework in the summer, but who would like to participate in the once a year May commencement ceremony, should file for summer graduation beginning April 7 to May 1.
Students must file for graduation before the following deadline dates:
|Semester||Application Period Begins||Deadline to Submit Application|
|Spring 2018||August 1||October 15|
|Summer 2018||October 15||April 1|
|Fall 2018||April 1||July 1|
Commencement ceremonies are held once each year in May. Students who complete their degree requirements during the fall, summer or spring prior to the ceremony or who will complete them in the following summer, are eligible to participate.
Diplomas are mailed to graduates by the end of July.
The associate in arts or the associate in science degree shall be conferred by the Board of Trustees of the Kern Community College District upon a Bakersfield College student who has satisfactorily completed the requirements. These requirements are consistent with those prescribed by the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges and the Board of Trustees of the Kern Community College District.