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
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 Civilizations 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
*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 are required to take the second course of that prefix (BIO 112, CHM 152, PHY 152) 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 112 General Biology II BIO 163 Basic Anat & Physiology
BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I 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 Computers 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 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 120 Walking for Fitness
PED 121 Walk, Jog, Run PED 122 Yoga I
PED 123 Yoga II PED 171 Nature Hiking
PED 172 Outdoor Hiking 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.



The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science programs offer degrees that are designed to facilitate students’ expansion of their general knowledge and preparation for further education at a senior higher education institution. Students are required to demonstrate proficiency of certain functions to progress through the program. The essential functions include:

  1. Critical Thinking: critical thinking ability sufficient to gather relevant information, interpret data, recognize problems, and use a process to make informed, independent decisions that show good judgment
  2. Communication Skills: speak and write English; listen and comprehend written and spoken words; and communicate information and ideas so others will understand
  3. Mobility: mobility that is appropriate for a classroom setting is needed. For example, a student should be mobile enough to sit and stand repeatedly in a classroom setting.
  4. Motor Skills: motor skills sufficient to be able to sit for extended periods of time
  5. Manual Dexterity: manual dexterity sufficient for computer work/keyboarding
  6. Hearing: ability to hear sounds at a close range (within a few feet of the observer). For example, a student should be able to hear and respond to an instructor or other students in a classroom.
  7. Visual: ability to see with normal or corrected vision as well as tolerate working indoors in artificial light and the glare of computer screens
  8. Tactile: ability to perform physical activities that require use of hands and arms. For example, students should possess the finger and manual dexterity necessary to manipulate computers and other office equipment.
  9. Cognitive: ability to use logic and reason; attention to detail; and short-term and long-term memory skills. For example, students should possess the ability to remember a concept covered in a class in a previous week of a semester.
  10. Listening – listening skills sufficient to give full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. For example, students should be able to have appropriate interactions with faculty and peers.

Randolph Community College is an ADA compliant institution. The College does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admissions process or in access to its programs, services and/or activities for qualified individuals who meet essential eligibility requirements. The College will provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities of individuals who are eligible to receive or participate in college programs, services and/or activities. Student Services provides a disability counselor to assist students in requesting disability related accommodations. If a student believes that he/she cannot meet one or more of the essential functions without accommodations, the student is encouraged to disclose the disability to the disability counselor as soon as possible. Students must certify the ability to meet essential functions of the curriculum by a signed statement when they begin the program.