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 the 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 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 offer 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.

This school offers programs in:
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Programs

This school also offers:

Associate of Arts

Associate of Arts in Accounting

Campus Full time 12 months September 2018 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.... [-]


Business Administration

Campus Full time 12 months September 2018 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.... [-]


Communication Studies

Campus Full time 26 - 29 hours September 2018 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.... [-]


Economics

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 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. ... [-]

Graphic Design

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 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.... [-]


Liberal Arts

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 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 ... [-]

Psychology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 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.... [-]


Associate of Science

Biological Sciences

Campus Full time 18 months September 2018 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.... [-]


Computer Science

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 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 ... [-]

Engineering

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 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.... [-]


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