General Graduation Requirements

All College of Western Idaho (CWI) students will utilize the College Catalog from the year he or she first starts their studies at CWI as the defining guideline for graduation requirements. Please refer to the catalog for more specific details. The requirements listed on these web pages will reflect the current college catalog which may have changed since you began your education at CWI.

CWI has established specific goals that related to each area of general education studies. Each of the associate degrees awarded at CWI require the student to meet the following general education goals:

  • Communication Goal: To enhance the student's ability to communicate clearly, correctly, logically, and persuasively in spoken English.
  • English Goal: To gain experience in the process of writing essays, to evaluate, to communicate clearly, and to incorporate and cite sources. CWI requires that students receiving an associate degree take an English composition course. Students who receive credit for ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 via test scores are required to take ENGL 201, Intermediate Expository Composition.
  • Humanities Goal: To comprehend the human experience as it has been portrayed and amplified through the visual arts, performing arts, languages, literature, and philosophy.
  • Mathematics Goal: To gain an understanding of mathematics as a language in which to express, define, and answer questions about the world.
  • Science Goal: To gain an understanding of the world through natural sciences.
  • Social Science Goal: To understand, interpret, and apply knowledge for evaluating and valuing human behavior in its anthropological, economic, geographical, historical, political, psychological, and sociological contexts.

Credit Requirements for Degrees and Certificates
The grids below outline the number of general education credits required for each of the awards available at CWI. The total number of credits required includes the general education credits as well as any program specific courses and elective credits. Please review the specific program requirements for more information on the courses and credits needed.

Associate of Arts or Sciences

Credits

General Education Credits

36

» Communication

3

» English

6

» Humanities (Languages 8 cr. maximum)

6-12

» Mathematics

3-5

» Science (2 courses with 1 lab course)

7-12

» Social Science (2 different disciplines)

6-12

» PHYE 155 Health & Wellness or 2 PHYE activities
(These credits are required only for an AA not an AS degree)

2-3

Total Credits Required For This Degree

64-70

Associate of Applied Science

Credits

General Education Credits

36

» Communication

3

» English

3

» Mathematics

3

» Social Science

3

» Other General Education Courses from Approved List

4

Total Credits Required For This Degree

64-70

Advanced Technical Certificate

Credits

General Education Credits

9

» Communication or English

3

» Mathematics

3

» Social Science

3

Total Credits Required For This Degree

52-66

Technical Certificate

Credits

General Education Credits

9

» Communication or English

3

» Mathematics

3

» Social Science

3

Total Credits Required For This Degree

29-42

Postsecondary Technical Certificate

Credits

Total Credits Required For This Degree

12-27


Computer Literacy
CWI recognizes and advocates the critical need for computer literacy. Basic computer literacy at CWI is defined as a demonstrated ability to use technology to access, manipulate, evaluate, use, and present information. All CWI students are required to demonstrate competency in computer literacy by achieving a satisfactory score on the Computer Skills Assessment (CSA) prior to graduating with any Associate degree (AA or AS). The CSA is comprised of five sections: email/internet, general technology, word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation using the Microsoft Office Suite.