What is a Program of Study? A Program of Study is the selection by the student of an area of study. Students should refer to their Program of Study when selecting courses.
What is an Academic Map? An Academic Map is a semester by semester pathway that students will follow to successfully complete degree requirements and graduate. It will be used as the student’s default pathway. Academic Maps are based upon full-time enrollment for two years. Part-time students will work with an academic advisor to determine alternative plans that might include additional semesters, summer courses, or another alternative plan that fits your goals.
What is the difference between an Associate in Arts degree and an Associate in Science degree? An Associate in Arts degree provides students the option to choose from a variety of concentrations such as Psychology, History, Communication, and many others (see: College Catalog). The College provides a list of suggested courses for each AA degree concentration that will help prepare students to transfer and earn a baccalaureate degree in this area at a student university or private college.
An Associate in Science degree provides students the option to choose from a variety of degree/career paths such as; Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Marketing, Hospitality, Information Technology and many others (see: College Catalog). Students enrolled in AS degrees must complete all required courses within the degree. While students can transfer on for a baccalaureate degree – most AS degrees are preparing students to enter the workforce. The exception to this is the AS Business Transfer degree which prepares students for transfer into a business program at a state university or private college.
A certificate is a cluster of courses usually consisting of about 16–29 credits. Students may opt for a certificate program to add additional skills/knowledge to advance in their current work position or to gain knowledge so they can apply for an entry level position. In many cases credit earned in a certificate can also be used to fulfill course/credit requirements in a degree program. We encourage you to speak with your advisor to see if a certificate is right for you.
Do I need to follow the exact sequence of courses listed under my A.A. concentration? Not necessarily. The College Catalog provides students with a list of suggested sequences courses by semester for the Associate in Arts Degrees. Students may enroll in any course as long as they meet the prerequisites for those courses.
Can I change my degree program? YES!!! To change your concentration or degree program you must meet with your advisor and submit a (signed by your advisor) to the Registrar’s Office. Students should be aware that in some cases changing their program may mean that previously earned credit may not apply to your new degree program.