Degrees & Certificates

Degrees


The Addiction Studies degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in alcohol and drug treatment programs and to provide continuing education for health care and human services professionals. The curriculum provides a broad base of knowledge regarding approaches to drug education and prevention, treatment issues, counseling skills, ethical issues, and practical knowledge about drugs and their effects. Students will gain basic competencies in counseling, case management, record keeping, and treatment planning.

The Anthropology degree provides students with an introduction to the four fields of anthropology - cultural, physical/biological, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics - with an emphasis on the applications of the discipline to contexts of everyday life. Anthropology is a very relevant degree as it offers students a perspective of understanding humans from the past and the present. Many employers are interested in the critical thinking and analytical research skills offered by Anthropology.


The Anthropology AA-Transfer degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus, but not to a particular campus or major. Students completing the AA-T degree in Anthropology will be able to transfer to the California State University system.

The Art degree is designed to provide a balanced foundation in both studio art and art history. Its curriculum is focused to meet the needs of art students who are initially developing skill and concepts as well as those experienced students who seek further development. The Art department is committed to a structured environment in which faculty and students work closely together in an atmosphere which is responsive, supportive, and facilitates experimentation.


The Studio Arts AA-Transfer degree is designed to provide a balanced foundation in both studio art and art history. Its curriculum is focused to meet the needs of art students who are initially developing skills and concepts, as well as experienced students who seek further development. Students completing the new Associate in Arts in Studio Arts for Transfer degree (AA-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

The Art New Media program emphasizes visual and performing arts produced in a digital environment. While all new media are intimately linked to new technology, it is essential for a designer or artist to have a strong foundation in the fundamentals of visual art, music, and computer technologies. Course work includes a wide spectrum of studies in traditional and new media fundamentals relevant to art and design. This major branches into four areas of concentration: Audio, Illustration, Photography, and Video.

The Business degree provides students with an introduction to the major components of a business organization in our global environment. The areas of concentration covered by the degree are accounting, finance, general business, global business, management, marketing, and small business ownership. Students pursuing this degree will also have the option of exploring such diverse fields as economics, business law, ethics, entrepreneurship, human resources, E-business, professional communication, and technology.


The Business Administration AS-Transfer degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus, but not to a particular campus or major. Students completing the AS-T degree in Business Administration will be able to transfer to the California State University system.

The Commercial Music degree is designed to provide a core of historical, conceptual and technical experiences that will prepare a developing musician for career opportunities in the field of Commercial Music. Included in the degree is an Avid Pro Tools® User Certificate. Typical career paths may include recording engineer, live sound reinforcement, music and post production audio, digital media/internet audio, and performing and/or recording artist. 

CIS - The Web Development degree is designed to prepare students to begin developing web sites as a professional. The curriculum provides a balanced foundation in all aspects of web development. Students will gain basic competencies in web authoring software, web graphics, web animation, HTML, client-side scripting, server-side scripting, and database connectivity

Criminal Justice is the study of the causes, consequences and control of crime. The program leading to the Criminal Justice Associate in Art (AA) degree is designed to acquaint pre-service and in-service students with the principles and practices of criminal justice systems in America. 


The Administration of Justice AS-Transfer degree is designed to acquaint pre-service and in-service students with the principles and practices of criminal justice systems in America. The Administration of Justice program is both academic and professional in that it is an interdisciplinary approach to relating intellectual issues and practitioner perspectives to the challenge of crime in a free society. Consequently, the program provides preparation for employment with a related agency and/or transfer to a four-year college or university.

The Culinary Arts degree can be accomplished through the completion of both the Foundations of Cooking and the Foundations of Baking and Pastry certificates of achievement and general education requirements plus the requisite number of electives.

The Early Childhood Education degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and instruction that will promote their understanding of the child’s development from birth through age eight. Classes will prepare students to understand and successfully interact with children, and to enter a variety of professions serving children and their families. Many of the instructors in this program currently manage their own schools, therefore providing practical information and experience as well as teaching an excellent theoretical basis.


The Early Childhood Education AS-Transfer degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus, but not to a particular campus or major. Students completing the AS-T degree in Early Childhood Education will be able to transfer to the California State University system. 

The Elementary Teacher Education AA-Transfer degree program will prepare students for possible career opportunities as a public or private instructional assistant or classroom aide, grades K-8, private tutor, publishing and textbook salesperson, curriculum and test developer, or teacher, grades K-12 with additional education. *This degree is pending Chancellor's office approval.

The English AA-Transfer degree is dedicated to helping students become life-long learners and to fostering the values of rigorous investigation, open-mindedness, collaboration, self-understanding, and respect for knowledge. The English degree develops critical thinking skills through the study of persuasive argumentation, creative writing, and critical analysis of literature. Courses offer a varied perspective on the world, guiding students in literary and rhetorical investigation from a number of critical approaches, including sociological, historical, and psychological, among others. In addition to building a passion for literature, the degree will provide students with higher skills in written communication.

The Environmental Technology and Sustainability degree program is an interdisciplinary course of study that provides students with an introduction to environmental components, processes, and issues. The core areas covered by the degree are environmental science, biology, physical and earth sciences, and sustainability. Students pursuing this major have the option of exploring diverse fields in environmental management and restoration, natural resources conservation, and sustainability. Many of the courses emphasize exploration and study of the Lake Tahoe Basin and the surrounding areas, a natural lab of outstanding beauty and richness. This major branches into three areas of concentration: Biological Resources, Physical Resources, and Sustainability.

The Fire Academy degree program prepares students for entry-level employment in the fire service and augments the existing Fire Academy certificate. Students successfully completing the program and meeting additional industry specific requirements are eligible for California State Fire Marshal certification as a Firefighter I and National Registry certification as an EMT. The curriculum may also academically prepare the student for transfer to a 4-year university to complete a Baccalaureate degree program.

The Fire Officer degree prepares students for supervisory-level careers in the fire service. Coursework includes Fireground Command and Tactics, Personnel Management, Instructional Techniques, Fire Prevention, and Fire Origin and Cause Determination. Students successfully completing the necessary coursework and meeting additional industry-specific requirements are eligible for California State Fire Marshal certification as a Fire Officer.

The Fire Science degree is designed to give students the required knowledge to pursue entry-level municipal or wildland fire service careers. Students will gain a broad working knowledge of the many aspects of fire service organization and operations, proper use of fire equipment, tactics and strategies of fire fighting, specialized job skills, and management techniques. The Fire Science program emphasizes critical thinking skills in the examination and analysis of modern fire service issues and the strengthening of effective written and oral communication skills.

The Geography AA-Transfer Degree provides students with an introduction to the field of Geography. In addition, students will gain a broader understanding of their social and physical environment and the interconnectedness between it and other disciplines. The Geography AA-T degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus, but not to a particular campus or major. Students completing the AA-T degree in Geography will be able to transfer to the California State University system.

The Geology AS-Transfer is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus, but not to a particular campus or major. The program leading to the AS-T degree provides students with general background knowledge in the field of Geology and they will gain a broader understanding of their physical environment and the interconnectedness between it and other disciplines.

The Humanities degree is designed to provide an opportunity for study in several areas of Western civilization. The Humanities major is broad-based, allowing students to take courses in several fields including: literature and philosophy, the history of art, music, theatre, languages, and the all inclusive humanities courses.

The Kinesiology AA-Transfer is the scientific study of the anatomical, physiological, mechanical, and psychological mechanisms of human movement. Applications of kinesiology to human health include biomechanics, motor learning, exercise physiology, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, methods of rehabilitation and sport, and exercise. Individuals who have earned degrees in kinesiology can work in research, the fitness industry, clinical settings, and in industrial environments. The Kinesiology degree offers students major preparation for transfer to a four-year institution.

The Liberal Arts degree is designed for students who desire the benefits of fulfilling the general education requirements for transfer and the opportunity to pursue a specific area of emphasis. The Three areas of emphasis offered are: Arts and Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social Sciences.

The Mathematics AS-Transfer degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus, but not to a particular campus or major. The program leading to the AS-T degree provides students with the foundation necessary for understanding and expressing ideas in science, engineering, and human affairs. Mathematics is integrally related to computer science and statistics, which have proven invaluable to advancing research and modern industrial technology.

The Medical Office Assistant: Administrative degree is designed to provide students with essential knowledge and skills to assume responsible administrative positions in medical offices. The core curriculum in the Medical Office Assistant: Administrative program focuses on the effective use of medical terminology and the mechanics of medical coding and billing procedures. Additional courses emphasize contemporary medical office technology skills such as effective computer files management, data entry, and word processing. Students will develop solid skills in bookkeeping/accounting, math, and oral communication as well as an in depth understanding and appreciation of ethical issues related to employment in a medical office.

The Natural Science degree provides students with an introduction to the nature of living things, our physical environment, matter, energy, and their interactions. The core areas covered by the degree are biology, chemistry, geology, geography, mathematics, and physics. Additionally, students pursuing this major have the option of exploring such diverse fields as environmental science, physical science, and psychology. Many of the courses emphasize exploration and study Lake Tahoe and the surrounding areas, a natural lab of outstanding beauty and richness.

The Psychology program provides students with general background knowledge in the field of psychology. In addition, students will gain a broader understanding of human behavior from various theoretical perspectives. The Psychology AA-Transfer degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus, but not to a particular campus or major. Students completing the AA-T degree in Psychology will be able to transfer to the California State University system. Students are strongly encouraged to see a counselor if considering this transfer option.

The Social Science degree provides students with an understanding of human behavior, mental processes, and social institutions that are important in contemporary society. The degree provides skills that are valuable in a wide range of careers including business, government, social services, and education. The degree offers students a foundational understanding of the social sciences.

The Sociology AA-Transfer degree offers a comprehensive approach to studying the social aspects of the human world, including attention to the small-scale (micro) and global (macro) perspectives of understanding humanity. With applications to contemporary society, including business, criminal justice, healthcare, international relations and politics, a student majoring in Sociology will be prepared for further work and study in the contemporary and changing world. The Sociology AA-Transfer degree is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus, but not to a particular campus or major. Students completing the AA-T degree in Sociology will be able to transfer to the California State University system.

The Spanish degree is designed to give students a basic understanding of the Spanish language and to facilitate and promote placement of intermediate proficiency-level Spanish speakers into California’s bilingual workplace. Students will gain a broad-based appreciation of the culture, history, literature, and art of Spanish-speaking countries. Students will complete course work leading to a proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills at the intermediate level according to the American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. The importance of study abroad will be shared with students.


The Spanish AA-Transfer Degree is designed to give students a basic understanding of the Spanish language and to facilitate and promote placement of intermediate proficiency-level Spanish speakers into the bilingual workplace. Students will complete coursework leading to proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills at the intermediate level according to the American Council on Teaching a Foreign Language (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines. Students completing the AA-T degree in Spanish will be able to transfer to the California State University system.  

The Wilderness Education degree is designed to prepare students to become theoretically and technically competent wilderness specialists who can apply their skills as outdoor leaders to diverse groups and environments in a world with a growing population and finite wilderness resources. The curriculum provides a balanced foundation of all aspects of wilderness education/outdoor recreation. Students will gain basic competencies in outdoor-based activities, wilderness first aid skills, experiential educational theory, group dynamics, leadership theory and skills, and environmental awareness. This major offers four areas of concentration: Climbing, Search and Rescue, Snow Skills, and Water Skills. 

 

 

Certificates


The Addiction Studies certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in alcohol and drug treatment programs and to provide continuing education for health care and human services professionals. The curriculum provides a broad base of knowledge regarding approaches to drug education and prevention, treatment issues, counseling skills, ethical issues, and practical knowledge about drugs and their effects. Students will gain basic competencies in counseling, case management, record keeping, and treatment planning.

A certificate in Art is designed to provide a body of historical, conceptual and technical experiences which will prepare a developing artist for career opportunities in the field of fine arts, commercial art, gallery and museum operations, and art media retail business. Technical positions in art sculpture foundry, medical illustration, and related areas are additional options. This degree has seven areas of concentration: Ceramics, Drawing, Figure Studies, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

 

Certificates of Achievement in Business are available in the following areas: Accounting & Finance*, Accounting Technician, General Business*, Management*, Marketing*, and Small Business Ownership. 

*New certificates are pending chancellor's office approval.

The certificate in Commercial Music is designed to provide a core of historical, conceptual and technical experiences that will prepare a developing musician for career opportunities in the field of Commercial Music. Included in the LTCC Certificate of Achievement is an Avid Pro Tools® User Certificate.

CIS - The Web Development certificate is designed to prepare students to begin developing web sites as a professional. The curriculum provides a balanced foundation of all aspects of web development. Students will gain basic competencies in web authoring software, web graphics, web animation, HTML, client-side scripting, server-side scripting, and database connectivity.

Criminal Justice is the study of the causes, consequences and control of crime. The program is designed to acquaint pre-service and in-service students with the principles and practices of criminal justice systems in America. Although the program’s curriculum allows for the development of depth in one of the subject’s major systems (e.g. law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts or corrections), the objective of this certificate is to familiarize students with concepts in all of the above areas.

The Culinary Arts certificates of achievement are designed for those employed or seeking employment in the Culinary Arts as well as for the food enthusiast. They are intended to advance the skills and knowledge acquired through the completion of the Short-Term Departmental Certificate. Each one is designed to provide the student with subject knowledge and skill-set that is focused within an important area of the Culinary Arts. The areas of focus include: Foundations of Cooking, Foundations of Baking and Pastry, Global Cuisine, Wine Studies, and Vegetarian Cuisine. 

The Early Childhood Education certificate is designed to prepare students for employment as aides, teachers, directors, and entrepreneurs in preschools, child care centers (including infant/toddler facilities), and family child care programs. Courses are also appropriate for parents, nannies, camp counselors, recreation leaders, elementary teaching assistants, social service and health care practitioners, administrators and others working with young children.
The Environmental Technology and Sustainability certificate of achievement program is an interdisciplinary course of study that focuses on preparing students for employment with an introduction to environmental components, processes, and issues. This certificate has three areas of concentration: Biological Resources, Physical Resources, and Sustainability. 

The Fire Academy Certificate of Achievement is designed to prepare students for careers as entry-level firefighters and emergency medical technicians. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills required to become certified as a Firefighter I by the California Board of Fire Services (CBFS). 

The Fire Officer Program prepares students for supervisory-level careers in the fire service. Coursework includes Fireground Command and Tactics, Personnel Management, Instructional Techniques, Fire Prevention, and Fire Origin and Cause Determination. Students successfully completing the necessary coursework and meeting additional industry-specific requirements are eligible for California State Fire Marshal certification as a Fire Officer.

The Fire Science certificate is designed to give students the required knowledge to pursue entry-level municipal or wildland fire service careers. Students will gain a broad working knowledge of the many aspects of fire service organization and operations, proper use of fire equipment, tactics and strategies of fire fighting, specialized job skills, and management techniques.

The Medical Office Assistant: Administrative certificate is designed to provide students with essential knowledge and skills to assume responsible administrative positions in medical offices. The core curriculum in the Medical Office Assistant: Administrative program focuses on the effective use of medical terminology and the mechanics of medical coding and billing procedures. Additional courses emphasize contemporary medical office technology skills such as effective computer files management, data entry, and word processing.

Photography is an exciting field with both artistic and commercial applications. The certificate program incorporates both, and gives the student a solid foundation in a variety of photographic/digital areas. Individuals in the field may work as landscape, portrait or commercial photographers, camera operators in television broadcasting or motion picture studios, or photojournalists with newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies and government agencies.

The Spanish certificate is designed to give students a basic understanding of the Spanish language and to facilitate and promote placement of intermediate proficiency-level Spanish speakers into California’s bilingual workplace. Students will gain a broad-based appreciation of the culture, history, literature, and art of Spanish-speaking countries.

The Wilderness Education certificate is designed to prepare students to become theoretically and technically competent wilderness specialists who can apply their skills as outdoor leaders to diverse groups and environments in a world with a growing population and finite wilderness resources. The curriculum provides a balanced foundation of all aspects of wilderness education/outdoor recreation. This certificate has four areas of concentration: Climbing, Snow Skills, Water Skills, and Search and Rescue. 

 

 

 Short-Term Departmental Certificates


The certificate in Applied Anthropology provides students with the methods, perspectives, and case studies necessary in understanding the applications of anthropology to contemporary settings. The specializations of Applied Anthropology include organizational anthropology, medical anthropology, development anthropology, and cultural resource and land management.
The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) has established a national professional certification, the Certified Bookkeeper (CB) credential, a professional standard for working bookkeepers. By successfully passing tests that cover six subjects, signing a code of ethics, and demonstrating two years' experience in bookkeeping, students earn the right to put "CB" after their name. The experience requirement may be completed before or after the national examination.
The Commercial Music short-term certificate provides the student with an entry level official industry certificate in Pro Tools®, the recording industry's software standard. It is designed to prepare the student for entry level positions that lead to career paths such as: recording engineer, live sound reinforcement, music production and post production audio, and digital media/gaming audio.
This short-term departmental certificate in Computer and Information Sciences allows students to pursue multiple Oracle Program certifications. Specifically, completion of this short-term program of study prepares students for examinations leading to Oracle certification in: Associate, Java SE 7 Programmer, and Professional, Java SE 7 Programmer.
The short-term certificate in Culinary Arts is designed to provide opportunities to learn the basic fundamentals of culinary arts. The certificate serves as both a career-readiness certificate leading to either employment within the culinary arts industry or continued study leading to a more advanced certificate or degree in the culinary arts, and as an area of personal interest or study.
The Dental Assisting program at LTCC consists of three courses. In Dental Assisting and Radiology, Part 1 (HEA 147A), students learn the skills necessary to begin a career as an entry-level, back-office Dental Assistant. In Dental Radiology, Part 2 (HEA 147B), students learn anatomic interpretation, x-ray technique, and radiation safety. This radiology curriculum is approved by the California Board of Dental Examiners. In Dental Radiology, Part 3 (Externship) (HEA 147C), students hone their workplace dental assisting skills and take part in a comprehensive externship placement experience. Upon successful completion of all three courses, students will be awarded a Short-Term Departmental Certificate in Dental Assisting and a Radiation Safety Certificate (required to work in a California dental office).
The Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course prepares students for a career administering first response treatment in emergency situations. Responsibilities include driving an ambulance, removing trapped victims from accident scenes, administering emergency patient care, and recording observation. Clinical experience in an emergency room and ambulance ride-alongs further enhance the learning experience. This course is approved by the El Dorado County EMS Agency and is recognized throughout the State of California.
This short-term departmental certificate in Geographical Information Systems (G.I.S) is designed to provide opportunities to learn the fundamentals of computerized mapping and data analysis. The courses serve as both a career-readiness certificate leading to employment or continued study leading to a more advanced certificate or degree.

Two short-term departmental certificates have been designed to assist students in obtaining responsible entry-level administrative positions in medical offices. The ultimate goal of these certificates is to develop competency in communication, critical thinking, and technology applications as required for the delivery of safe, ethical, legal, and compassionate patient care. The two certificates are: Medical Terminology, and Billing and Coding.

The Personal Trainer short term departmental certificate program provides students with skills and knowledge to prepare them for employment within the fitness industry. The student will gain understanding of physiology of exercise, fitness assessment procedures and methodologies, sports nutrition, treating activity-related injuries, and designing exercise programs.
The Phlebotomy short term departmental certificate is offered in partnership with BartonHealth. The program includes both basic and advanced classroom instruction and is designed for all beginning students and for phlebotomists with less than 1,040 hours of phlebotomy experience.
Photography/Digital Photography is a dynamic field exploring artistic and commercial applications, as well as digital technology. This short-term departmental certificate program provides photographic and digital experiences that equip the students for a variety of entry-level career applications.
This short-term departmental certificate is offered by the Career & Technical Education and Physical Education departments in collaboration with Barton Health Care. Two Physical Therapy Aide courses augment two PE courses and students can expect to complete their training in one year. Students will learn how to assess vital signs, identify contraindications of treatment, and apply therapeutic modalities. Both PT Aide courses contain an externship component wherein students are placed in clinical positions to gain relevant on-the-job experience.
The Real Estate Salesperson short-term departmental certificate helps students to prepare for the California Salesperson licensing exam. Minimum requirements to apply for the Salesperson Examination are: (1) age 18 or older and (2) evidence of successful completion of twelve quarter units of college level courses in California Real Estate Principles, Real Estate Practice, and one elective. Students should note that a felony conviction may result in the denial of a Salesperson’s license.
The Search and Rescue short term departmental certificate provides students with necessary skills and knowledge for participating in Search and Rescue efforts. The certificate mixes hands-on practice with theory and data supported instruction.

Wilderness Medicine training provides students with high level instruction necessary to render medical care for outdoor and wilderness medical emergencies. The Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) bridges wilderness and urban settings. 

 

 

 Non-Credit Certificate of Competency


The noncredit ESL program at LTCC is designed as a series of sequential courses, ranging from Low Beginning through Advanced levels of English proficiency. The sequential curriculum, based upon an integrated set of student learning outcomes, provides instruction through each strand of learning: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.