Associate in Arts (College Transfer)

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[A10100] Degree (Day, Evening & Online)

The Associate in Arts (College Transfer) program is designed for students who plan to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at a four-year college or university. Students who complete the program and receive the degree with an overall 2.0 GPA and a grade of “C” or better in each course will be able to transfer to any university or college, which endorses the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) or the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA), with junior status. Included in the CAA or ICAA endorsing universities and colleges are the senior institutions within the University of North Carolina System and many other private institutions within the state. Within the 60 – 61 hours of coursework required for the degree is a 30-hour universal general education transfer component (UGETC) with courses in English Composition, Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Natural Sciences/Mathematics. Because institutions differ in admission requirements, students intending to transfer should contact the institution(s) of their choice to learn about specific admissions requirements.

The transcripts of students transferring prior to completing the UGETC will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis by the receiving institution. Students planning to transfer to a college or university that does not endorse the CAA or ICAA should consult the personnel at that institution for information regarding transferability of courses. The UGETC courses are listed below grouped by their specific discipline area.


ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc
ART 111 Art Appreciation ART 114 Art History Survey I
ART 115 Art History Survey II COM 231 Public Speaking
DRA 111 Theater Appreciation ENG 231 American Literature I
ENG 232 American Literature II ENG 241 British Literature I
ENG 242 British Literature II MUS 110 Music Appreciation
PHI 215 Philosophical Issues PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics
ECO 251 Prin of Microeconomics ECO 252 Prin of Macroeconomics
HIS 111 World Civiliations I HIS 112 World Civilizations II
HIS 131 American History I HIS 132 American History II
POL 120 American Government PSY 150 General Psychology
SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology  
BIO 110 Principles of Biology BIO 111 General Biology I
CHM 151 General Chemistry I GEL 111 Geology
PHY 110/110A Conceptual Physics  
MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy MAT 152 Statistical Methods I
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra  



Students should consult their academic advisor, and their transfer institution, for assistance with course selection. There are certain requirements that must be met. These include the following:

  • ACA 122 is required for the degree.
  • ENG 111 and ENG 112 are required.
  • Within the Humanities/Fine Arts area, 9 hours are required, and courses must come from 2 different prefixes.
  • Within the Social/Behavioral Sciences area, 9 hours are required, and courses must come from 2 different prefixes.
  • Within the Mathematics area, one course is required.
  • Within the Natural Sciences area, one course is required.

Students must meet the prerequisites to take certain courses. Developmental Studies courses are available for those who need them.

The general education/elective courses can be selected from any of the UGETC courses or from the following list of courses:


ACC 120 Prin of Financial Acct ACC 121 Prin of Managerial Acct
BIO 112 General Biology II BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II
BIO 175 General Microbiology BUS 110 Introduction to Business
BUS 115 Business Law I BUS 137 Principles of Management
CHM 152 General Chemistry II CIS 110 Introduction to Computers
CIS 115 Intro. to Programming & Logic CJC 111 Intro to Criminal Justice
CJC 121 Law Enforcement Operations CJC 141 Corrections
COM 110 Intro. to Communication CSC 139 Visual Basic Prog.
CTS 115 Info Sys Business Concept DRA 111 Theatre Appreciation
EDU 144 Child Development I EDU 145 Child Development II
EDU 216 Foundations of Education EDU 221 Children with Exceptionalities
ENG 114 Prof. Research & Reporting GEO 111 World Regional Geography
HIS 236 North Carolina History HUM 110 Technology and Society
HUM 115 Critical Thinking HUM 130 Myth in Human Culture
MAT 172 Precalculus Trigonometry MAT 263 Brief Calculus
MAT 271 Calculus I MAT 272 Calculus II
PED 110 Fit and Well for Life PED 111 Physical Fitness I
PED 112 Physical Fitness II PED 120 Walking for Fitness
PED 121 Walk, Jog, Run PED 122 Yoga I
PED 123 Yoga II PED 171 Nature Hiking
PED 172 Outdoor Living PHY 151 College Physics I
PHY 152 College Physics II PSY 241 Developmental Psychology
PSY 281 Abnormal Psychology REL 110 World Religions
REL 212 Intro to New Testament REL 221 Religion in America
SOC 225 Social Diversity SPA 111 Elementary Spanish I
SPA 112 Elementary Spanish II SPA 211 Intermediate Spanish I
SPA 212 Intermediate Spanish II  

* Students are encouraged to follow the Associate in Arts checksheet as a guideline.


Upon successful completion of the Associate in Arts program, the student should be able to:

  • Compose well-written documents using standard written English.
  • Communicate clearly through oral presentations.
  • Utilize and document appropriate research materials.
  • Use critical thinking skills to analyze and solve problems.
  • Comprehend college-level readings.
  • Perform college-level mathematical computations.
  • Utilize word processing software.