Sierra College

Introduction

Academic Excellence and Student Success

Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction and meeting the needs of the communities that it serves. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to 4 year Universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. Our award-winning faculty members enhance their teaching with research, authorship and industry expertise. We are also recognized nationally for excellence in our athletic programs.

2016: We celebrate our 80th birthday!

Highlights

Sierra College is a two year community college and offers a wide selection of associate degree programs, on-campus housing, guaranteed transfer agreements to California universities, affordable tuition, structured ESL classes and a great campus location.

Details

  • Sierra College is located in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains of northern California and is two hours drive from San Francisco.
  • The college is in a safe family environment and provides on-campus housing and homestay opportunities.
  • 2 years at community college + 2 years at university = a bachelors degree.
  • A large number of our students transfer to top quality universities to complete their final two years attending University of California and California State University schools such as UC Davis, UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara.
  • TOEFL score of 45 (iBT), 133 (CBT) or enroll in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.
  • Sierra College is able to offer a great education at an affordable price, often at half the price of a four year university.
  • We offers over 70 associate degree programs including Business, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Engineering, Marketing and many more.
  • Please contact internationalstudents@sierracollege.edu or visit our website at www.sierracollege.edu/int for further information.

Visiting Sierra

The Sierra Community College District covers over 3,200 square miles, an area larger than the state of Delaware. It serves the Northern California foothill counties of Placer, Nevada as well as parts of El Dorado and Sacramento.

Campuses in Rocklin (main), Roseville, Truckee, and Grass Valley.

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Programs

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Associate of Arts

Accounting

Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 USA Rocklin

A stable career choice, accounting is an excellent option for those with a natural talent for mathematics and organization. This program offers training for many accounting positions, such as clerks, bookkeepers, and more. Our courses are designed for your specific field, allowing you to make the most of your time here at Sierra College. [+]

The mission of the Sierra College Business Department is to provide a quality business education that prepares students for educational and career success. Engaged in principles, theories, and practices of leadership and management, the Business student prepares to enter the worlds of commerce and public administration or to transfer as a junior to a university. In management and general business courses one learns about the behavior of organizations and of the skills for effective leadership, decision-making, and administration. More specialized courses include accounting, law and mathematics in business, the fundamentals of profitable investing, methods of marketing goods and services, or the principles and practice of real estate. We offer many different degree or certificate programs for you to choose from. What to get an internship or job? Students are encouraged to register in and use Sierra Job Link to connect with local employers for jobs and internships. This service is free to both employers and students and an excellent way to find out about many types of career opportunities. Students can also post resumes, track their job leads and also be apprised of other career-related events both on and off-campus. More information on the Career Connections web pages. Business Administration for Transfer AS-T Degree Business Administration is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the functional areas of a business while developing managerial skills, communication skills, technical abilities and decision-making capability. Students will analyze and critically evaluate information to solve business problems, evaluate and use appropriate technology in the changing... [-]

Business Administration

Campus Full time 12 months September 2017 USA Rocklin

Similar to the Administration Professional program, the Business Administration program will equip you with the abilities to become a leader and a decision-maker in businesses and other sorts of organizations. A transfer-level program, you will be taught the basics of the field while receiving the necessary units to transfer to a higher-level university. This program is a great option for business majors with high aspirations and standards. [+]

The mission of the Sierra College Business Department is to provide a quality business education that prepares students for educational and career success. Engaged in principles, theories, and practices of leadership and management, the Business student prepares to enter the worlds of commerce and public administration or to transfer as a junior to a university. In management and general business courses one learns about the behavior of organizations and of the skills for effective leadership, decision-making, and administration. More specialized courses include accounting, law and mathematics in business, the fundamentals of profitable investing, methods of marketing goods and services, or the principles and practice of real estate. We offer many different degree or certificate programs for you to choose from. What to get an internship or job? Students are encouraged to register in and use Sierra Job Link to connect with local employers for jobs and internships. This service is free to both employers and students and an excellent way to find out about many types of career opportunities. Students can also post resumes, track their job leads and also be apprised of other career-related events both on and off-campus. More information on the Career Connections web pages. Business Administration for Transfer AS-T Degree Business Administration is designed to provide a broad knowledge of the functional areas of a business while developing managerial skills, communication skills, technical abilities and decision-making capability. Students will analyze and critically evaluate information to solve business problems, evaluate and use appropriate technology in the changing... [-]

Communication Studies

Campus Full time 26 - 29 hours September 2017 USA Rocklin

The Communication Studies and Journalism program focus on how people use messages and symbols to generate meaning, critique, and relate to one another across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. Providing inquiry into performances of the self and our communities, attending to issues of power and diversity and producing works of journalism, media, and performance toward social justice; communication and journalism are diverse disciplines that serve as the basis for an ever-expanding understanding of how we all communicate and share those understandings. [+]

The Communication Studies and Journalism program focus on how people use messages and symbols to generate meaning, critique, and relate to one another across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. Providing inquiry into performances of the self and our communities, attending to issues of power and diversity and producing works of journalism, media, and performance toward social justice; communication and journalism are diverse disciplines that serve as the basis for an ever-expanding understanding of how we all communicate and share those understandings. Students may transfer as Communication Studies OR Journalism majors to the university level and/or use their education as introductory training for careers in social science, media, journalism, broadcasting, public information, media research, public opinion analysis, government staff positions, and multimedia designer. Communication Studies for Transfer AA-T Degree Communication Studies is a broadly based discipline that includes public speaking, mass and mediated communication, journalism, interpersonal, intercultural, and group communication. The degree program allows students to critically analyze information and arguments, evaluate and create effective oral and written messages, write and deliver effective presentations, and formulate communication solutions to problems in professional and personal contexts. This degree program will prepare students to transfer as Communication Studies majors to the university level as well as use their education as an introduction to careers in fields such as journalism, public relations, fundraising, law, broadcasting, mediation, human resources, customer relations, business management, and education. The Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system... [-]

Economics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Rocklin

Economics is the academic discipline that deals with the way societies produce and consume goods and services. As a descriptive discipline, it is concerned with accurate portrayals of national economies, as well as those of regions, firms and individuals. As an analytical discipline its tools are used to order, modify and describe economic activity. [+]

Economics is the academic discipline that deals with the way societies produce and consume goods and services. As a descriptive discipline, it is concerned with accurate portrayals of national economies, as well as those of regions, firms and individuals. As an analytical discipline its tools are used to order, modify and describe economic activity. TRANSFER MAJOR REQUIREMENTS in Economics are available in the Counseling Center. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements. Positions for which four-year graduates in Economics are qualified are found in government service, banking and industry. Economics for Transfer AA-T Degree The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer degree (AA-T) program provides students with a strong foundation in Economics. Upon completion of the program, students will use critical thinking to demonstrate an understanding of major Economics concepts, including solving quantitative problems with such issues as opportunity costs, markets and profit maximization; analyze the basic principles underlying the economic way of thinking; list and distinguish basic economic terms; and analyze the supply and demand model. The Associate in Arts in Economics for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Economics or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no... [-]

Graphic Design

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Rocklin

Applied Art and Design is an academic discipline which focuses on the principals and practical applications of art, design, photography, computer graphics, imaging and animation. Study of the foundations of design, creative problem solving, portfolio development, and internship experiences, all prepare students for transfer programs and career opportunities... [+]

Applied Art and Design Functional art can be found everywhere, created by individuals with an eye for imagination and utility. Applied Art and Design can help you discover a way to use your artistic sensibilities in a practical way. Photography, design and computer graphics are just a few options available to you. Develop a portfolio, learn the trade in an internship setting, or transfer to a university. With plenty of imagination and opportunities, you can make your own career while making the most of your creative talents. Applied Art and Design is an academic discipline which focuses on the principals and practical applications of art, design, photography, computer graphics, imaging and animation. Study of the foundations of design, creative problem solving, portfolio development, and internship experiences, all prepare students for transfer programs and career opportunities. Within the A.A./A.S. degree or certificate options, students may concentrate in Graphic Design, Illustration, or Multimedia. Students who successfully complete the Applied Art and Design major can expect to find entry level employment in such areas as digital illustration, graphic design for print and internet, multimedia, animation, photographic retouching, and pre-press operation. A.A. and A.S. degrees as well as certificates can be earned in the Applied Art and Design field. The certificate programs do not satisfy A.A./A.S. degree requirements but do qualify students for certificates in the field of study. [-]

Liberal Arts

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Rocklin

This program provides an introduction to critical thinking, multicultural studies, and the arts for students interested in strengthening their analytical and communication skills and/or transferring to four-year colleges and universities. This degree builds a knowledge base appropriate for students transferring to arts and humanities programs at four-year institutions or for students building a base for transfer specialization in areas of emphasis that require primarily upper-division coursework, such as Social Work, Multicultural and Gender Studies, or World Arts and Cultures. [+]

Liberal Arts Division The Liberal Arts Division offers a wide variety of general education and specialized classes in the humanities, fine and applied arts, languages, and social and behavioral sciences. Classes in the Liberal Arts Division prepare students for degrees, certificates, and transfers as well as providing enriching lifelong learning experiences. Departments Anthropology Applied Art and Design Art Art History Communication/Journalism Economics Education English ESL Fashion History Humanities Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies Music Philosophy Photography Political Science Psychology Social Science Sociology Spanish Theatre Arts Welding Women and Gender Studies World Languages (including Deaf Studies) Arts and Cultures A.A. Degree This program provides an introduction to critical thinking, multicultural studies, and the arts for students interested in strengthening their analytical and communication skills and/or transferring to four-year colleges and universities. This degree builds a knowledge base appropriate for students transferring to arts and humanities programs at four-year institutions or for students building a base for transfer specialization in areas of emphasis that require primarily upper-division coursework, such as Social Work, Multicultural and Gender Studies, or World Arts and Cultures. [-]

Psychology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Rocklin

Learn all that you need to know to start a career in psychology with this degree program. Our Psychology program will give the basic knowledge of the field while preparing you for transfer. You will study the biological, cognitive, and social aspects of human behavior as well as the standard and experimental practices in the field. You can choose the emphasis or track that suits the career you are aiming for. [+]

Psychology is the scientific discipline concerned with the study of behavior. Courses are designed to give students academic preparation in several areas of Psychology while concurrently providing material that can be usefully applied to their own lives. TRANSFER MAJOR REQUIREMENTS in Psychology are available in the Counseling Center. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements. Four-year graduates in Psychology are qualified for careers in probation, juvenile counseling, rehabilitation and several other fields in the private sector and in government agencies that relate to the helping services. Psychology for Transfers AA-T Degree Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behavior. The degree program allows students to utilize research methods; evaluate the credibility of research, theories and applications; understand the core fields, paradigms and theories; apply psychological concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings and historical trends to questions and issues in personal experience and contemporary society; and understand the ethical standards in academic and applied psychology. The Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree (AA-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Students completing the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree and meeting the CSU minimum eligibility requirements are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Upon transfer, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to earn a bachelor’s degree. To earn the Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer degree, students must complete... [-]

Associate of Science

Biological Sciences

Campus Full time 18 months September 2017 USA Rocklin

If you’re interested in any kind of field in biology, this is the degree program you need. We provide you with coursework to meet the transfer requirements for over twenty kinds of fields. The careers paths you can take range from Forestry to Occupational Therapy. A Biological Science A.S. degree can also help you get an entry-level position in the field of your choice. [+]

Biology is a diverse subject that can cover many specialized fields. We offer courses in many biological sciences, from Anatomy to Zoology. We also provide useful courses for those who plan to go into medical or nursing careers. Our Biological Sciences degree programs meet the transfer requirements for many different kinds of fields. TRANSFER AND MAJOR REQUIREMENTS in Biological Sciences are available in the Counseling Center. Transfer students planning to major in Biology, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, Microbiology, Anatomy, Physiology, Forestry, Wildlife Management, Natural Resources, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Optometry and Pharmacy should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements. Biological Sciences A.S. Degree If you’re interested in any kind of field in biology, this is the degree program you need. We provide you with coursework to meet the transfer requirements for over twenty kinds of fields. The careers paths you can take range from Forestry to Occupational Therapy. A Biological Science A.S. degree can also help you get an entry-level position in the field of your choice. Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) Apply the scientific method to design, conduct experiments, and test hypotheses. Conduct scientific literature review, critically evaluate, and interpret biological information. Outline the organization and integration of biological systems. Apply laboratory and/or field skills necessary to answer biological questions. As an informed and responsible individual, evaluate contemporary biological issues that have social and/or ethical implications. [-]

Computer Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Rocklin

With computers becoming both more advanced and more essential to business, there is no better time to consider a career in computer science. Our Computer Science Department is here to prepare you to work in computer programming and for transfer to state colleges and universities for further study in computer sciences or information science. This curriculum offers you both the theory and practical experience for entry-level positions of employment. There are computer courses for non-science majors as well as science majors. [+]

With computers becoming both more advanced and more essential to business, there is no better time to consider a career in computer science. Our Computer Science Department is here to prepare you to work in computer programming and for transfer to state colleges and universities for further study in computer sciences or information science. This curriculum offers you both the theory and practical experience for entry-level positions of employment. There are computer courses for non-science majors as well as science majors. The Computer Science curriculum meets the Data Processing Management Association mode curriculum for undergraduate computer information systems education. Computer Science for Transfer AS-T Degree The Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer degree (AS-T) program provides students with a strong foundation in Computer Science. Upon completion of the program, students will demonstrate an ability to analyze problems and craft appropriate algorithmic solutions; apply knowledge of computing and mathematics appropriate to the discipline; interpret data, think critically and apply the scientific method; research and assess new ideas and information; and interpret technical information, as well as listen effectively to, communicate orally with, and write clearly for a wide range of audiences. The Associate in Science in Computer Science for Transfer degree (AS-T) prepares students to transfer into the CSU system to complete a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a major deemed similar by a CSU campus. Students earning an associate degree for transfer and meeting the CSU minimum transfer admission requirements are guaranteed admission with junior standing to... [-]

Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Rocklin

The Engineering Department offers all the courses satisfying the lower division engineering requirements of most California colleges and universities, along with an Engineering Certificate (Fall 2009) that allows students to enter the field with less than a Bachelor's degree. [+]

The Engineering Club won First Place in SMUD Solar Regatta over the May 16-18, 2014 weekend. The students designed and built everything from the hull, to the controls, to the electrical system, etc. The Solar Team won a trophy for the endurance race and our teams beat teams from all over the state including 4-year college teams. Engineering The Engineering Department offers all the courses satisfying the lower division engineering requirements of most California colleges and universities, along with an Engineering Certificate (Fall 2009) that allows students to enter the field with less than a Bachelor's degree. Students may profitably begin their study of chemical, civil, electrical, or mechanical engineering at Sierra College. Job openings abound in many engineering fields. Transfer major requirements in Engineering are available in the Counseling Center. Students should consult a counselor and the appropriate college catalog for other transfer requirements. Engineering A.A. or A.S. Degree and/or Certificate The Engineering major recognizes a concentration in the field of Engineering. Successful completion of the curriculum in Engineering prepares Engineering students for transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) Identify and differentiate between the attributes of the various engineering disciplines as related to education and the workforce. Read, analyze, and compose industry standard technical engineering drawings. Model physical systems correctly through the use of engineering concepts and then apply advanced mathematical techniques to solve the system. Create technical reports that identify, analyze, and assess results taken from experiments that are performed within the engineering... [-]

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