Feb 03, 2023  
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog 
2020-2021 Lane Community College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of General Studies, AGS

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree will be awarded to students who complete a curriculum generally designed to meet broad educational goals. The AGS may be earned through coursework that includes lower-division collegiate and elective courses, or a combination of courses that includes career-technical education.

Due to this degree’s flexibility, it is not considered to be a transfer degree. It does not guarantee admission to a four-year institution, nor does it ensure all lower-division general education requirements have been met. Students should work closely with an Academic Advisor to craft a degree plan appropriate to their educational goals.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this degree will have a broad knowledge base cultivated through coursework that spans a variety of discipline areas. Students who complete the AGS will be able to:

  • Examine complex issues using multiple information sources and evidence 
  • Describe the impact of diverse cultural, political, and scientific perspectives on individuals, societies, and environments
  • Communicate effectively and purposefully within different contexts and across modes of communication 
  • Apply learning through integration of theory and practice

This degree is aligned with Lane’s Core Learning Outcomes .


  1. Complete a total of 90 credits of college-level coursework (see notes).
  2. Complete at least 24 credits at Lane.
  3. Foundational Skills and Discipline Studies courses must be a minimum of 3 credits, except for Health/Wellness/Fitness courses, which may be any number of credits.
  4. All Elective courses may be any number of credits.
  5. Complete all Foundational Skills with a grade of “C-” or better, or Pass.
  6. Complete all Discipline Studies and Elective courses with a grade of “D-” or better, or Pass.
  7. Maximum 16 credits “P” may be used toward degree. This limit does not include courses only offered P/NP.
  8. Cumulative GPA must be at least 2.0 at the time the Associate of General Studies degree is awarded.

Foundational Skills

Foundational Skills must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better, or Pass.


MTH 052  satisfies this degree requirement but does not meet college-level requirements. Students who use developmental math to meet this requirement need to reach 90 credits total of college-level coursework to meet degree requirements.


Complete one or more courses, totaling at least three credits, from the Health/Wellness/Fitness   list.

Discipline Studies

Complete 16 credits of Discipline Studies requirements, including one course from each discipline below. Additional credits to meet a minimum of 16 credits may be completed from any discipline below. Discipline Studies must be completed with a grade of “D-” or better, or Pass.

Arts and Letters

Complete a minimum of one course from the Arts and Letters   list.

Social Science

Complete a minimum of one course from the Social Science   list.

Science/Math/Computer Science

Complete a minimum of one course from the Science/Math/Computer Science  list.


Mathematics: College-level mathematics (MTH 105  or higher) may be used to meet this requirement.

Biology:100-level Biology courses are not repeatable. Students may only use one BI 101 , one BI 102 , and one BI 103  to meet requirements for any Lane degree, regardless of letter option.

Computer Programming: Students who complete more than one CS 161 or CS 162 programming language course should be aware that transfer institutions may count multiple 161 or 162 courses as repeats, and may not accept them in transfer. Students wishing to complete multiple programming courses should first take a CS 161/162 series and then enroll in CS 133/233 course series for any subsequent programming languages.

Additional Discipline Studies

Complete additional Disicpline Studies courses to meet a minimum of 16 credits from any of the following lists:


Any college-level courses that bring total credits to 90 credits. Courses completed may include any combination of lower-division collegiate and/or career technical education courses. All courses must be 100-level or higher and may include:

  • Up to 18 credits of Cooperative Education may be included as electives. Cooperative Education courses identified as Career Technical Education courses count toward the 12-credit maximum for Career Technical Education.
  • Up to 12 credits of Individual Music Lessons (MUP).
  • 12 credits of Physical Education activity (PE, PEAT, PEO) and/or Dance activity may be included within the entire degree.
  • WR 115  may be included in the degree as an elective if completed summer 1999 or later.
  • Transfer policies regarding Career Technical Education Courses  vary by institution. Students planning to transfer should contact their academic advisor for help determining appropriate courses.


  1. College-level courses are numbered 100 or higher. Courses numbered 001-099 identify developmental courses (e.g. RD 090), with the exception of ENG 110, 116, 117; MTH 100, RD 115, WR 110, 120 and WR 115  (taken before summer 1999), which are also considered developmental.
  2. Foundational Skills are open to demonstration of proficiency. For information on waiver testing or credit for prior learning, contact an academic advisor. Waiver testing is not the same as placement testing.
  3. 200-level second language courses count toward the Arts and Letters requirement. American Sign Language (ASL) is considered a second language.
  4. University second language admission requirements for transfer students graduating high school 1997 or later include one of the following:
    • Two terms of the same college-level second language with an average grade of C- or above.
    • Two years of the same high school-level second language with an average grade of C- or above.
    • Satisfactory performance on an approved second language assessment of proficiency.
    • Demonstrated proficiency in American Sign Language meets second language admission requirements.
  5. Credit-by-Exam and Credit-by-Assessment may comprise no more than 25% of total degree credits.
  6. Repeatable courses may be used once to meet a Discipline Studies requirement. Any additional allowable repeats may be used to meet Elective requirements.
  7. Some courses are included on more than one Discipline Studies list. These courses may be used only once to meet a specific Discipline Studies requirement. Please contact your academic adisor for details.
  8. Lower-division college-level courses taken at Lane will not always meet the same requirements an upper-division college-level course with similar content does at a four-year transfer institution. In such cases, the course(s) in question will generally transfer as an elective. Please contact specific four-year schools for details.
  9. Courses numbered 197, 198, 199, 280, 297, 298, or 299 count as electives and do not meet Foundational Skills or Discipline Studies requirements. Courses numbered 199 and 299 are experimental and may later be reviewed and approved to meet Discipline Studies requirements.
  10. The AGS is not ideal for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution. However, some students may benefit from the flexible framework of the AGS and use it for transfer on a limited basis. Students planning to transfer should work closely with their academic advisor.