An A.A. degree is defined as requiring 12 credit hours of humanities, 12 credit hours of social science and 9 credit hours of mathematics and science. The following programs lead to the associate in arts degree:

  • Business Administration
  • Communication Studies
  • Middle Level Education: Grades 4 - 8
  • Secondary Education
  • Fine Art
  • General Studies
  • Individualized Transfer Studies
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts
  • Social Work
  • Sport Management
  • Theatre

An A.S. degree is defined as requiring 12 credit hours of humanities, 6 credit hours of social science and 24 credit hours of mathematics and science. The following programs lead to the associate in science degree:

  • Biological Science
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Secondary Education: Mathematics and Science
  • Engineering
  • Math/Physics
  • Sports Medicine: Athletic Training

In addition to the specific requirements for the A.A. and A.S. degrees, there is a General Education Core for both the A.A. and A.S. degree with the minimum requirements listed on the following page.

Curriculum framework for degrees

An associate in arts degree should contain:

  • A minimum of 50 percent common or general knowledge (humanities and social science preliminary courses, and at least one science or math course);
  • A minimum of 25 percent contextual knowledge (science, mathematics, and pre-specialization courses in humanities or social sciences).

An associate in science degree should contain:

  • A minimum of 33 percent common or general knowledge (humanities and social science preliminary courses);
  • A maximum of 67 percent scientific and technically related courses (mathematics and science; within technical A.S. degrees like engineering, mathematics and science should roughly equal technical courses in number of credits).

An associate in applied science degree program should contain:

  • A minimum of 33 percent common knowledge (humanities and social sciences courses and one math or science course);
  • A minimum of 50 percent and a maximum of 67 percent technical and technically related courses. Mathematics and science are essentially technically related, contextual courses in all curricula, but they are critical to the effectiveness of most A.A.S. degrees; they may appear as "purer" contextual courses in the technically related category and as applied courses in the technical category.

Frequency of offerings

Courses listed in this catalog are generally offered at least yearly, unless
otherwise noted in course descriptions.

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree
Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

  1. 1. Communication - 9 credits
    ENGL101C English I, ENGL151L or ENGL151R or ENGL151T, English II, CMTH102 Speech Communication.

    In addition:
    Writing Intensive (WI). Communication skills in writing are further reinforced and assessed in two required writing intensive courses (G suffix on course number). One of the General Education courses must be writing intensive. A second writing intensive course may be a General Education course, or a course in the major.
  2. Quantitative Literacy (QL) - 3-4 credits
    One QL designated course or substitution acceptable to the mathematics department.
  3. Computer Literacy (C)
    Incorporated in all programs in a manner acceptable to the computer/information science department. Any CISC course or verification of computer literacy outcomes imbedded in courses in certain programs.
  4. Arts & Humanities (AH) - 3 credits - One AH designated course
  5. Social Science - 6 credits

    One Societies and Institutions Over Time (SIT) designated course.
    One Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB) designated course.
  6. Science (SCI) - 3/4 credits
    One SCI designated course
  7. Diversity and Global Awareness (D)
    One Diversity and Global Awareness (D) designated course.

The Electives section of this catalog lists the 100- and 200-level electives which are applicable to the A.A. and A.S. degrees, unless otherwise specified in program requirements. Since the A.A and A.S. degrees are intended for transfer, any courses not in that section are not applicable to the A.A. and A.S. degrees.

All degree programs other than those listed above for A.A. and A.S. degrees lead to the A.A.S. Degree.