General Studies

General Studies

The Associate in General Studies degree is designed for students choosing to pursue widely varying areas of interests.

The degree is not designed for career students, nor is it designed to meet the four-year transfer college requirements of the Michigan Transfer Agreement.

Flexibility is provided so that the required 60 credit hours can be met as individually appropriate.

Because transferability of credits varies with colleges and universities, programs and departmental majors, students are urged to discuss their program with an OCC counselor and transfer institution.


Eligibility for a degree rests upon the satisfaction of these requirements:

Complete all academic requirements of the program.

  • Upon completion of 30 hours toward a degree, you should consult with a counselor.
  • Upon preparing to enter the final semester, you should again consult with a counselor to determine degree eligibility.

Complete a minimum of 62 credit hours for a degree with a minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) over all.

  • All transfer you must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at OCC.
  • Meet all General Education Distribution requirements.

When leaving OCC who have completed 15 or more OCC credits may apply for graduation upon submission of transfer credit to complete degree requirements.

  • If the break is longer than three years, the effective catalog for the determination of degree requirements becomes the one in effect at the point at which the transfer credit is applied.
  • If the break is less than three years, the effective catalog remains unchanged for determining the completion of program requirements.

NOTE: An Application for Admission is needed before the transfer credit can be processed.

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