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Degrees and Programs 

De Anza College offers an extensive course list to help you achieve your goals, which may include:

Our academic programs provide specialized career/technical areas of study, Associate in Arts and Science degrees, and lower-division major and general education courses required for transfer.


See our AA/AS Degree and Certificate Programs list with links to program requirements.

Certificate Programs are focused on a particular area of study and designed for students who wish to prepare for immediate employment and/or to upgrade their job skills. 

Many certificates have been designed on the ladder concept. For example, courses taken to fulfill the lowest level Certificate of Achievement (18-26 units) may be applied to the next level, the Certificate of Achievement-Advanced (27+ units).  Then those units may be applied to an Associate degree.

Associate in Arts or Science (AA/AS) Degree Programs (minimum of 90 quarter units) include requirements for a major, general education, and there is usually room for electives. Units/courses applied toward Associate degree programs may sometimes also fulfill lower division requirements for transfer.

The Workforce Education Program Guide may help you determine a career education path that meets your needs.

For a complete list of academic departments, see the Instructional Divisions and Departments directory. 


Transfer courses provide you with the lower-division major and general education courses that you will need to transfer to a four-year university. Transfer programs range from narrow specialty majors (i.e., Microbiology) to broad general education programs (i.e., Liberal Arts).Visit our Transfer Planning website for more information.

Degree & Certificate Department Websites


Check out our Workforce Education Program Guide to determine a career education path that meets your interests and needs.


You must take COUN 50: Orientation to College to receive all the information that you need to pursue a certificate, degree and/or transfer to a four-year college/university. You will create an education plan in this 1/2-unit class. Your education plan provides the foundation you'll want before you meet with a counselor or academic advisor.


We offer a variety of ways to learn to fit your schedule and needs. Search the online schedule of classes for these program designations, including evening classes: