Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College

Bakersfield College is a public community college located in Bakersfield, California. It was established in 1913 and is one of the Nation's oldest community colleges. The campus is spread out over an area of 153 acres. The college also operates two satellite campuses, one at the Weill Institute in downtown Bakersfield and the other at the Delano Center in Delano, California.

BC serves more than 15,000 students and is a part of the Kern Community College District. The college offers 184 Associate's degree and certificate programs. BC is a part of the California Community Colleges system.

The athletic teams of BC compete in the Western State Conference (WSC). The college hosts the American Student Government Association's Community College Student Government Training Conference, held annually every December.

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Bakersfield College
1801 Panorama Dr
Bakersfield , CA 93305-1299
General Phone: (661) 395-4011

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Bakersfield College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts556minority and gender studies, French language, Spanish language, American Sign Language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, anthropology, economics, ...
Family and Social Work282foodservice management, child development, human services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine204EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse, nursing assistant
Business and Management131business, business management, accounting, sales and marketing, retail, business and related services
Media130mass communication, journalism
Science87biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Security and Law Enforcement78corrections, criminal justice and police, corrections and criminal justice, fire-fighting
Mechanics and Repair68electrical installation and repair, automobile mechanics
Production Trades68machinist, sheet metal tech, welding, cabinetmaking
Architecture and Planning61architectural tech
Therapy and Counseling56psychology
Engineering Technician56engineering technology, HVAC tech, hazardous materials tech, manufacturing tech, drafting, architectural drafting
Medical Support and Technology20veterinary assistant, radiographer
Construction Trades19construction, carpentry, electrician, plumbing
Design15graphic design
Office and Administration11administrative assistant
Cooking and Culinary Arts11culinary arts, restaurant and catering management
Conservation and Resource Management10forestry
Religion and Philosophy9philosophy
Art Studies7art studies
Computer Science and Engineering6information technology, computer programming, computer science, web design, computer graphics
Agricultural Science and Management5agricultural operations, agricultural machine tech, crop production
Real Estate and Construction Management5real estate
Animal Science and Care5animal husbandry
Medicine4medical preparatory
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy2health and physical education
Landscaping and Horticulture1applied horticulture
Transportation0construction equipment operation
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial photography
Drama and Performing Arts0drama

Number of programs and degrees for Bakersfield College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree98767
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years049
Award of less than 1 academic year88529
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years439

Bakersfield College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bakersfield College had a total enrollment of 17,405 students (10,552 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 36%
Black 7%
Hispanic 42%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 28%
20-21 18%
22-24 13%
25-29 13%
30-34 8%
35-39 5%
40-49 8%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown2%

Bakersfield College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 67 %
Part-Time 44 %

Bakersfield College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Bakersfield, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Bakersfield College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 518
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,246
Books and supplies $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Bakersfield College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 111800)

Bakersfield College Faculty

Bakersfield College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2732
Non-tenured and not on tenure track64

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year11$95,0317$102,069
All faculty totalcalendar year11$95,0317$102,069

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year107$86,238121$83,320
All faculty totalacademic year107$86,238121$83,320

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bakersfield College Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Mechanics and Equipment/Machine Technology
Crop Production

Animal Science And Care
Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production

Architecture And Planning
Architectural Technology/Technician

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Retailing and Retail Operations
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Graphics
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer Science
Information Technology
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

Conservation And Resource Management
Forestry, General

Construction Trades
Construction Trades, General
Plumbing Technology/Plumber

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD
Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Engineering Technology, General
Hazardous Materials Management and Waste Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Refrigeration Technology/Technician
Manufacturing Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Human Services, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General

Liberal Arts
American Sign Language (ASL)
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
Geography, Other
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronics Equipment Installation and Repair, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nurse/Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Assistant
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General

Office And Administration
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial Photography

Production Trades
Cabinetmaking and Millwork/Millwright
Machine Tool Technology/Machinist
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Fire Science/Fire-fighting

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

Construction/Heavy Equipment/Earthmoving Equipment Operation

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