Certificate of Achievement, General Studies

This program can be completed 100% online. 

Program Description

The Certificate of Achievement, General Studies is highly flexible and allows students to combine classes from a diverse set of disciplines and fields. The certificate may fit personal needs or may be an important step in the completion of the Associate of General Studies degree.

This program is not eligible for financial aid. However, it may be eligible for scholarship funding if the student is awarded scholarships.

Recommended Course Schedule 

For a detailed program course schedule, please contact the academic advisement office at 775-673-7062

Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
Select 2 electives 3 6
Social Science 2 3
Communications/English 2 3
Fine Arts/Humanities 2 3
 Semester Total15
2nd semester
Communications/English 2 3
Computer Science/Mathematics/Science 2 3
Human Relations 2 3
Select 2 electives 3 6
 Semester Total15
 Total Units30

See approved General Education list for the General Studies Degree.


See program recommendations or requirements.

The Certificate of Achievement, General Studies is a set of courses that can serve as a stepping stone to the Associate of General Studies or allow students to enter the workforce.  The Certificate of Achievement, General Studies has a general education component.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (see requirements for graduation.)
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours within the college.
  3. Satisfy General Education requirements for the Certificate of Achievement, General Studies.
  4. Have no financial or library obligation to the college.
General Education Requirements
Computer Science/Mathematics/Science3
Fine Arts/Humanities3
Human Relations3
Social Science3
Elective Requirements
Electives 112
Total Units30

Great latitude is allowed in the selection of the 12 elective units. Choice of units can focus on one area alone or from any combination of career, technical or general courses. Developmental courses, those numbered less than 100, cannot be applied to any degree or certificate.

Students completing the certificate will:

  • Demonstrate competencies specific to their choice of career, technical or general courses.