Associate in Science (College Transfer)

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The Associate in Science (College Transfer) program is designed for students who plan to pursue a four-year degree in areas of study such as computer science, engineering, mathematics, the sciences or professional programs that require strong mathematics and science backgrounds. These students typically complete a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at a four-year college or university. In order to earn the Associate in Science (AS) degree, students must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and a grade of “C” or better in all CAA courses. Students who complete the degree 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, Natural Sciences, and 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 courseby- 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
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 and* BIO 112 General Biology II
CHM 151 General Chemistry I and* CHM 152 General Chemistry II
GEL 111 Geology  
PHY 110 Conceptual Physics and* PHY 110A Conceptual Physics Lab
PHY 151 College Physics I and* PHY 152 College Physics II
PHY 251 General Physics I and* PHY 252 General Physics II
*Must take both  
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra MAT 172 Precalculus Trigonometry
MAT 263 Brief Calculus MAT 271 Calculus I
MAT 272 Calculus II  



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, 6 hours are required, and courses must come from 2 different prefixes.
  • Within the Social/Behavioral Sciences area, 6 hours are required, and courses must come from 2 different prefixes.
  • Within the Natural Sciences area, 8 hours are required. Students who take BIO 111, CHM 151, PHY 151, or PHY 251 are required to take the second course of that prefix (BIO 112, CHM 152, PHY 152, or PHY 252) to satisfy the UGETC science requirement.
  • Within the Mathematics area, 8 hours are required to satisfy the UGETC mathematics requirement. These courses include MAT 171, MAT 263, MAT 172, MAT 271, and MAT 272.

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 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 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
HEA 110 Personal Health/Wellness HIS 236 North Carolina History
HUM 110 Technology and Society HUM 115 Critical Thinking
HUM 130 Myth in Human Culture MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy
MAT 152 Statistical Methods I PED 110 Fit and Well for Life
PED 111 Physical Fitness I PED 112 Physical Fitness II
PED 117 Weight Training I PED 119 Circuit Training
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
PED 174 Wilderness Pursuits PED 186 Dancing for Fitness
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 Science checksheet as a guideline.



Upon successful completion of the Associate in Science 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.