Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

The Associate of General Studies degree is designed for students wishing to acquire a broad education, rather than pursuing a specific college major or career/technical program. Because of the flexibility of this degree, it may not fulfill requirements for transfer to a four-year institution.



  • Completion of WR 121 with a grade of C or better or
  • Passing a lower division collegiate writing course for which WR 121 is a prerequisite with a letter grade of C or better or
  • Passing the PCC WR 121 Challenge Exam. Students must meet criteria for the exam.

(Students with an Associate or Bachelor's degree or higher from a U.S. regionally accredited institution will have the writing competency (WR 121) waived.)


  • Completion of MTH 65 or MTH 63 with a letter grade of C or better or
  • Passing the PCC competency exam for MTH 65 or
  • Passing a mathematics course for which MTH 65 is a prerequisite with a letter grade of C or better.


Students must earn a minimum of 16 credits of General Education taken from the General Education Distribution List (see catalog). Courses must be at least three credits each. The General Education requirements for the AGS degree will be waived for students who have an Associate or Bachelor degree or higher from an accredited U.S. institution.






    All students must complete elective credits to meet the overall requirements of 90 credits for this degree. Any lower division collegiate or career-technical courses will apply. No courses below the 100-level can be used except for MTH 65 or higher. Elective credit limitations are:

  1. Maximum of 6 credits of Physical Education (PE) courses may apply
  2. Maximum of 6 credits of one-credit MSD workshops may apply
  3. Maximum of 24 credits of professional skills classes (PST) may apply