Academic Planning

An Academic Advisor can help you decide on a degree or certificate and develop a plan to reach your academic goal. Contact our office by calling 928.776.2106 or 928.634.6510.

Come to our Exploring Majors Fair on Tuesday, October 7.


  Degree and Certificate Information

Yavapai College degrees transfer to universities or prepare students for entry into specific occupational areas. Certificates are designed to upgrade existing skills or provide competencies for employment.

Visit our Degree and Certificate page for the current list of choices.

General Education Choices by Catalog Year

14.15 Catalog Year, 13.14 Catalog Year, 12.13 Catalog Year, 11.12 Catalog Year

University Transfer Degrees

AA/ Associate of Arts*: for student majoring in liberal studies fields (English, art, psychology, education, sociology, philosophy, etc.)

ABUS/ Associate of Business*: for students planning to major in business-related occupations (management, accounting, computer information systems, economics, etc.)

AS/ Associate of Science*: for students planning to major in fields with heavy math and science requirements (chemistry, biology, physics, agriculture, health professions, mathematics, and science)

AAEE/ Associate of Arts in Elementary Education*: for elementary education majors

AAFA/ Associate of Arts in Fine Arts*: for students planning to major in fine art areas (painting, drawing, sculpture, and jewelry)

*These degrees include 35 credits of general education requirements known as AGEC (AZ General Education Curriculum).

AGS/ Associate of General Studies. This degree is designed for students who are unsure of career intent. It includes considerable Liberal Studies and allows flexibility to explore many areas of specialization.

This degree DOES NOT include the AGEC component, and therefore would most likely not fully meet university general education requirements. Students should work with an advisor when pursuing this degree.

AAS Degrees and Certificates

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees prepare students for entry into specific occupational areas or enhance the skills of those who are already employed. Some AAS degrees may transfer to a Bachelor of Applied Science/ BAS program at Arizona universities.

Please see an advisor for additional information and General Education Requirements.

Certificate programs are designed to upgrade existing skills or provide competencies for employment.

  Using our online degree-audit system, DegreeWorks

Create an Educational Plan with our online degree audit system, DegreeWorks. For instructions on using this system, click the start arrow on the Prezi below. Use the bottom arrows to progress through the presentation. If you choose full screen mode, press the escape (esc) button on your keyboard to exit. If you are using Google Chrome as your browser, click here to view.

  Things to consider When Choosing a Major

Examine and assess your abilities, career and life goals, interests, and values. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What kind of skills do you have? What subject areas do you like? What do you value in work: security, stability, or diversity? Do you like working alone or with groups?

Compare several schools based on your educational needs, such as: major and program requirements, or costs, location, and convenience.

Use the resources and assessment tools available at Advisement, Career, and Transfer Centers at your college. You can explore areas of interest by participating in career fairs, internships, student activities, volunteer work, or part-time employment.

Visit university websites, browse the catalogs, and use other internet resources designed to help you choose a major and career. The Princeton Review and Collegeboard have tools and information to help you find majors, colleges, and graduate schools.

You should begin your research as soon as possible and please contact Academic Advising for assistance.

Additional Resources

These tools will help you with the process: