The Associate of Science (AS) degree is awarded to students who successfully complete at least 60 semester credits of occupational and related general educational courses. The AS degree program is to prepare students for gainful employment or for transfer to a four-year college/ university.
The College has Associate of Science curricula in the following 12 programs:
- Agricultural Science (AG)
- Business Accounting (BA)
- Business Administration (BU)
- Community and Public Health (CPH)
- Criminal Justice (CJ)
- Education (ED)
- Environmental/Marine Science (ES)
- General Electronics (GE)
- Information Technology (IT)
- Library & Information Services (LS)
- Nursing (NU)
- Tourism & Hospitality (TH)
- Tour Services
- Hospitality Management
Entrance Requirements – To enter the Associate of Science program, a student must meet the following requirements:
- Be a high school or adult high school graduate with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0; OR possess a GED diploma with a minimum score of 450 on all five sections, OR currently enrolled student with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.
- Have a TOEFL score of 500 or higher.
NU applicants must:
- have one semester of chemistry at an introductory level with at least a C grade. A year of high school chemistry with a C grade will meet this requirement;
- submit drug test results with application for admissions and agree to random drug testing while in the program;
- have physical exam within six months from, and prior to the beginning of the program and submit results with the application for admissions;
- have Hepatitis B immunization prior to the beginning of clinical experience.
CJ applicants must:
- submit drug test results with application for admissions and agree to random drug testing while in the program,
- submit copies of police clearance with application for admissions.
The College reserves the right to deny admissions into NU and CJ programs based on the above-mentioned requirements.
Exit Requirements – To be granted the Associate of Science degree, the following must be fulfilled:
- Satisfactory completion of a program major.
- Satisfactory completion of at least 16 (10 for NU, 12 for ES) credits in General Education Core Requirements (See program listings for required courses) including:
- English – 3 credits minimum from EN 112 or above.
- Quantitative – 3 credits minimum from math courses numbered 105 or above. (MA 95 for NU). See individual programs for specific course requirements.
- Natural Science – 4 credits minimum from any of the following: SC 109, 110, 119, 120, 159A, 159B, 160, 161, 170, 201, 205, 206, 209, 239, 249 & 270 (except ES, NU, & CPH). See individual programs for specific course requirements.
- Social Science/Humanities – 4 credits; 1 credit from SS 100 and 3 credits minimum from any of the following: HI 149, 159, 169, 179, 189, 209; VA 109; EN 189, 219; CO 201, 205; PH 169, 249; RE 169; CH 109; JP 109, 119, 209, 219; SS 109, 119, 129, 149, 189, 203, 209, 219, 229; MU 100, 102, 106; PW 101, 219. See individual programs for specific course requirements.
- Health and Physical Education – 2 credits minimum from any of the following: HP 180, 181 & 185 (except NU & CPH). See individual programs for specific course requirements.
- Successful completion of the minimum credits required for each program. (See different programs for required number of credits)
- Have a minimum grade point average of 2.0
- Have a grade of C or better in each program course
- Residency: Final 12 credits must be taken on PCC campus.
- File an application for graduation. Refer to the “Application for Graduation” section of the catalog for complete details
- Fulfill all financial obligations to the College
1. Credits earned from courses numbered below 100 are not counted toward the AS degree and not transferable to four-year colleges/ universities. Students who are planning to transfer to four-year colleges/ universities are advised to take more than the minimum requirements, and should consult with their academic advisors regarding transferable electives.
2. The residency requirement may be waived for cause at the option of the Vice President of Education and Training.