The California Community Colleges Baccalaureate Degree Program was created to make it easier and more affordable for community college students to get their baccalaureate degree and be eligible for a broader array of employment opportunities.

BDP Applications for cycle 4 are now CLOSED. In preparation of the next cycle, due August 15, you may download a copy of Baccalaureate Degree Program Application. (Note: there may be changes to the application. This pdf is for informational use only.)

General inquiries about the Baccalaureate Degree Program may be sent to BDP@CCCCO.eduAdditional information can be found in the Baccalaureate Degree Program Community located in the Vision Resource Center. Chancellor’s Office staff are also available to answer your application questions during BDP Office Hours every Tuesday from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

List of the approved Bachelor's Degree Programs.

Programs Pending Intersegmental Agreements

Cycle 2
  • Applied Cybersecurity and Network Operations
  • Stem Cell and Gene Technologies
  • Cloud Computing
  • Performance and Production of Electronic Popular Music: emphasis on electronic digital instrument performance
Cycle 3
  • Cyber Security Technology
  • Water Resources Management
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Digital Infrastructure & Location Service
  • Land Stewardship and Sustainability
College Degree
Antelope Valley College

Airframe Manufacturing Technology

Respiratory Care (coming soon)

Bakersfield College

Industrial Automation

Research Laboratory Technology

Cerritos College Dental Hygiene 
College of the Canyons Building Performance (recently approved)
Crafton Hills College Respiratory Care 
Cypress College

Mortuary Science

Dental Hygiene (coming soon)

DeAnza College Automotive Technology Management 
El Camino College Respiratory Care 
Feather River College

Equine & Ranch Management

Ecosystem Restoration & Applied Fire

Foothill College

Dental Hygiene

Respiratory Care  

Fresno College Dental Hygiene
Hartnell College Respiratory Care
Los Angeles Mission College Biomanufacturing 
Los Angeles Pierce College Biomanufacturing (recently approved)
Los Angeles Valley College Respiratory Therapy
MiraCosta College Biomanufacturing
Modesto College Respiratory Care
Moorpark College


Mt. San Antonio College Histotechnology
Oxnard College Dental Hygiene (coming soon)
Rio Hondo College Automotive Technology
San Diego City College Cyber Defense and Analysis
San Diego Mesa College Health Information Management
San Diego Miramar College Public Safety Management 
Santa Ana College

Occupational Studies

Paralegal Studies

Santa Monica College Interaction Design
Shasta College Health Information Management
Siskiyous College Paramedicine (coming soon)
Skyline College Respiratory Care
Solano College Biomanufacturing
Taft College Dental Hygiene Administration
Ventura College Automotive Career Education
 Victor Valley College Respiratory Care (coming soon)
West Los Angeles College

Dental Hygiene

Aviation Maintenance Technology: Avionics

Background, Implementation and Resources

On September 28, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 850 (Block, 2014) authorizing the California Community Colleges Board of Governors to establish the statewide baccalaureate degree pilot program at 15 California community colleges. In November 2014, the Academic Affairs division of the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office sought applications from colleges that were interested in participating in the pilot program. In May 2015, the Board of Governors approved 15 colleges to participate. The first Baccalaureate Degree Program graduates received their degrees in spring 2018.

On October 6, 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 927 (Medina) authorizing the Board of Governors to expand and extend the operation of the statewide baccalaureate degree pilot program indefinitely. The bill amends Education Code Section 78040 et seq. to authorize the Board of Governors to establish up to 30 baccalaureate degree programs in two applications cycles per academic year. The application cycles are open for submission approximately 60 days prior to the annual due dates of January 15 and August 15.

Approval of each program requires the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office to review documentation submitted by each applicant district that addresses numerous program criteria required by the legislation, including: program accreditation; the requirement that students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or California Dream Act application; the district’s administrative and fiscal plans for the program; the program’s curriculum, faculty, and facilities; enrollment projections; unmet workforce needs; the program and program curricula’s non-duplication of California State University (CSU) and University of California (UC) programs; and proof of consultation with the CSU and the UC regarding collaborative approaches to meeting regional workforce needs.

The Chancellor’s Office has developed a process for reviewing baccalaureate degree programs across nine required components:

  • Policy Compliance: proposed BDP conforms to what is legally required
  • Institutional Financial Stability
  • Equitable Student Outcomes
  • Program Quality: approval criteria and scoring rubric
  • Non duplication and Intersegmental Agreement: negotiations with CSU and UC; written agreement required
  • Institutional Capacity
  • Curriculum and Program Design
  • ACCJC Approval: required for programs to be established; colleges submit proof of approval
  • BOG President Approval (informational item to the full board)

Upon completion of the application review process, applications that are policy compliant, earn a passing program quality review score, and have intersegmental agreement will be provided to the Board of Governors’ President for review and approval.

As a means of reviewing and scoring of BDP applications, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office, in partnership with the BDP Implementation Workgroup, created both qualitative and quantitative baccalaureate degree program review criteria anchored in Education Code requirements, BDP application content, institutional stability and capacity, labor market demand, program and curriculum design, and equitable student outcomes. To assess these criteria, a scoring rubric and process were developed in which the quantitative criteria are verified and scored by the Chancellor’s Office, and the remaining qualitative criteria are reviewed and scored by the assembled BDP reader team.

Readers are assigned several applications to review  and no reader scores a BDP application from their affiliated district. Up to 15 applications are awarded either conditional or provisional status (pending Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) approval and/or intersegmental agreement and the Board of Governor's full approval. Applications that are not selected are eligible to revise and resubmit during a future application cycle.

BDP Application Template Forms

Guidance for searching CSU/UC/AICCU programs and subprograms for duplication

Guidance for searching UC Programs

BDP Application Scoring Rubric (pdf)

BDP Application Approval Types

Full Approval Conditional Approval Provisional Approval Resubmission


  • Policy compliant
  • Passing program quality score
  • Intersegmental agreement
  • ACCJC approval
  • BOG approval


  • Policy compliant
  • Passing program quality score
  • Intersegmental agreement
  • Pending: ACCJC approval and or /BOG approval


  • Policy compliant
  • Passing program quality score
  • Pending: ACCJC approval and/or intersegmental agreement; and BOG approval


  • Not policy compliant
  • Does not have a passing program quality score