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Degree and Certificate Programs

The Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Degree

Preparation for a Career

Florida Community College offers a comprehensive series of business, health, engineering and industrial related, fashion marketing, interior design, distributive, public service and other programs designed to fulfill the career education needs of the community’s citizens and employers.

Advisory committees help Florida Community College create programs and courses to prepare today’s youth and adults for the world of work. The advisory committees are made up of civic-minded representatives of business, industry, government, health agencies, public service and labor.

Career and technical education programs are designed to prepare students who, at the completion of a program of study listed in this section of the catalog, are planning to enter a chosen career at the semi-professional level. The Associate in Science degree program may also articulate into the bachelor’s degree in a related field of study at a state public university, based on specific program articulation agreements.

Associate in Applied Science degrees are available in some programs, and provide the same career preparation as Associate in Science degrees. Associate in Applied Science programs are not designed to transfer to a four-year institution, but may articulate under special agreements between the College and the university system. For individuals wishing to spend less than two years in career preparation, technical certificate programs are also available in several areas.

The program manager or program chairperson with the approval of the dean of instruction may prescribe deficiency courses, which are necessary for successful completion of the associate in science degree. If students are veterans, a copy of the recommendation must be submitted to the FCCJ Veterans Affairs Office for certification completion.

The program manager or program chairperson with the approval of the dean of instruction may approve another elective or professional course not listed as an approved elective in the associate in science or associate in applied science degree curriculum, which will apply toward associate in science or associate in applied science degree completion. If students are veterans, it is necessary that such course substitution be submitted to the Veterans Affairs Office for certification completion. A record of the approval will be maintained in their file.

Program Location

Not all of the career and technical education A.S. or A.A.S. degree programs are available at each of the College’s four campuses. However, the General Education Requirements and many of the elective, professional and other required courses are
available at all campuses as well as at selected off-campus centers and sites.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the associate in science or associate in applied science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. earned a Florida Community College cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at FCCJ on all courses attempted, (Institution GPA),
  2. earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all courses attempted, including transferred credits, (All cumulative GPA),
  3. completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours of the required program at FCCJ, and
  4. completed the General Education Requirements and required courses as set forth in the College catalog or as approved by the dean of instruction. (The health education programs of study may require a “C” grade or better in professional courses.)
  5. Apply for graduation at the beginning of the term in which you will complete your degree requirements.

A minimum of 60 semester hours is required for this degree, of which at least 15 semester hours must be General Education Requirements.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which the students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which students are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2002/2003) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2007, or they will be required to consult with their academic program to determine the appropriate active catalog placement. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the FCCJ District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. The General Education Requirements may be taken on any FCCJ campus or center.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  6. Students enrolling in associate in applied science programs must pass all sections of the placement test before award of an A.A.S. degree, regardless of the degree program’s general education requirements.
  7. Degree-seeking students whose native language is not English, who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language (ESL) entry placement test, will be required to take ESL courses with EAP prefix prior to registering for other college credit classes. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the ESL program manager. Degree-seeking students identified as non-native speakers must take an English as a second language (ESL) placement test prior to taking the College’s standard course placement test. Students who place into ESL, as determined by the test, must complete ESL courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non-degree seeking college credit students who plan to take English or reading courses must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the ESL program manager or designee.

General Education Requirements

  1. A minimum of 15 semester hours of general education is required for all associate in science degree programs of study.
  2. Up to 15 semester hours of general education may be required for all associate in applied science degree programs of study.
  3. The following subject areas shall be included in each program in the manner specified:
I. Communication Three semester hours
ENC 1101 English Composition I

II. Social and Behavioral Sciences Three semester hours
Area A
DEP 2004 Human Growth and Development
DEP 2401 Adult Psychology
PSY 1012 General Psychology
SOP 1002 Human Relations
SOP 1502 Dynamics of Behavior
SYG 2000 Introductory Sociology
*SYG 2010 Social Problems
Area B
AMH 2010 United States History to 1865
AMH 2052 U.S. American Labor History
ISS 1120 Origins of American Society (Economic, Political and
International Institutions)
POS 2041 American Federal Government

III. Mathematics Three semester hours
*MAT 1033 Intermediate Algebra
MGF 1106 Mathematics for Liberal Arts I
MAC 1105 College Algebra
MAC 1140 Precalculus Algebra
MAC 1114 College Trigonometry
MAC 2233 Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
MAC 2311 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I

IV. Humanities Three semester hours
HUM 2020 Humanities Forum
HUM 2211 Humanities: The Foundations
HUM 2236 Humanities: Mainstreams of Cultures, 15th to 20th Century
HUM 2250 Humanities: 20th Century Cultural Perspectives
HUM 2410 Humanities of Asia
HUM 2450 Humanities in the Americas
HUM 2472 Intercultural Explorations

V. General Education Elective Three semester hours
Area A
Computer Sciences:  
CGS 1060 Introductory Computer Concepts
CGS 1570 Microcomputer Application
Area B
ENC 1102 English Composition II
*ENC 2210 Technical Report Writing
*OST 2335 Applied Business Communications
SPC 2600 Fundamentals of Speech Communication
Area C
Biological Sciences:  
BSC 1005 Life in Its Biological Environment
BSC 2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BOT 1010C Botany
BSC 2010C Principles of Biology I
BSC 2050 Biology of Environmental Systems
*May not be used to fulfill general education requirements for the associate in science degree. MTB 1314 may be an option for MAT 1033 in some of the IT programs. See note in individual programs.
Area D
Physical Sciences:  
AST 1002 Introduction to Astronomy
CHM 1020 Chemistry for Liberal Arts
CHM 1025C Introduction to General Chemistry
CHM 1032C Principles of General Chemistry
CHM 2045C General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I
GLY 1001 Earth and Space Science
GLY 1010 Physical Geology
ISC 1001 Fundamentals of Natural Science
MET 1010 Meteorology
PHY 2048C Physics I With Calculus
PHY 2053C General Physics I
PSC 1341 Physical Science
VI. Specialization and Related Contextual Course/ Competencies (minimum of 45 semester credits) consisting of specialization courses/competencies which may include technical knowledge (theory), technical skills (lab) and/or advanced and professional courses.

A minimum of 60 semester hours is required for the associate in science and associate in applied science degree. Most programs require more. Lists of additional courses required are set forth in individual degree programs. The total credit hours listed for each individual program are minimum hours required for program completion.

General Electives for Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

The following is a list of general electives, which are applicable to a number of programs.

ACG 2021 Financial Accounting
ADV 2000 Advertising
APA 1001 Applied Accounting
BAN 2501 Money and Banking
BUL 2131 Business Law I — The Legal Environment of Business
BUL 2242 Business Law II
CCJ 2250 Constitutional Law
CGS 1003 Introduction to Using Microcomputers
CGS 1060 Introductory Computer Concepts
CGS 1100 Microcomputer Applications for Business and Economics
CGS 1564 Introduction to Windows
CGS 1570 Microcomputer Application
CGS 1580 Introduction to Desktop Publishing
CGS 2512 Spreadsheet Concepts and Practices
CGS 2525 Introduction to Multimedia
CGS 2542 Database Concepts for Microcomputers
CGS 2555 Introduction to the Internet
CGS 2571 Advanced Microcomputer Applications
CIS 2321 Information Systems
ECO 2013 Principles of Economics I
ECO 2023 Principles of Economics II
ENC 1102 English Composition II
ENC 2210 Technical Report Writing
FIN 2000 Principles of Finance
FIN 2100 Personal Finance
GEB 1011 Introduction to Business
MAC 2233 Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
MAN 2021 Principles of Management
MAN 2300 Human Resources Management
MAN 2522 Quality Management
MAN 2590 Materials Management
MAR 1011 Principles of Marketing
MKA 1021 Salesmanship
OST 1051 Personal Preparation for Business Careers
OST 1100 Keyboarding/Introduction to Word Processing
OST 1108 Keyboard Skill/Speed Building
OST 1324 Business Mathematics Using Calculators
OST 1355 Introduction to Records Management
OST 1384 Introduction to Customer Service
OST 1581 Professional Development in the Work Environment
OST 2335 Applied Business Communications
OST 2771 Word Processing for Windows I
OST 2773 Word Processing for Windows II
OST 2812 Desktop Publishing Using Word Processing
QMB 2100 Business Statistics
RMI 1521 Principles of Insurance
SLS 1371 Portfolio Development for Prior Learning
STA 2023 Elementary Statistics
TRA 1010 Principles of Transportation

Selective Access Programs

Dental hygiene, emergency medical services (EMS) technology, emergency medical technology (EMT), health information management, histotechnology, human services (addictions specialization), medical coder/biller, medical laboratory technology, nursing, paramedic, physical therapist assistant, radiation therapy and respiratory therapy programs are selective access programs and have special selection and admission criteria and procedures which may be obtained from the program office as listed in this catalog.

University Transfer

Students who intend to transfer to a state university upper division upon receipt of the associate in applied science degree must satisfy certain additional requirements before being accepted for transfer. These requirements do not affect the award of the associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree by Florida Community College but do affect the ability of the senior institution to accept students with the A.A.S. degree.

Students with A.S.or A.A.S. degrees who plan to transfer to a state university should contact a counselor to determine any additional requirements necessary for transferring.

Co-operative Learning and/or Internship Opportunities Programs

All Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science and some certificate programs at Florida Community College require a co-op/internship experience as part of the program of study.

Preparing students for the workplace is the goal of the Associate in Science and the Associate in Applied Science degree programs at Florida Community College. Not only must students complete degree and certificate programs having mastered occupational skills, but they must also have the interpersonal skills that allow them to contribute and be productive and successful in the workplace. The Co-op and Internship Opportunities Programs allow the student a chance to practice their occupational skills while earning credit towards their degree or certificate.

The internship, which provides the student with real experience in their chosen field of specialization, module is an important component in all technical degree programs. Upon completion of these programs, the college is certifying that the student can perform certain job-related skills.

Such certification is not possible unless the student has performed in some type of work environment.

Objectives of the Co-op/Internship Program:

  • to gain practical work experience
  • to gain insight into the daily functioning of the workplace
  • to gain knowledge and understanding of interpersonal dynamics
  • to apply the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom
  • to exercise ethical responsibilities expected of company personnel
  • to personally evaluate these experiences
  • to expose the student to the processes involved in acquiring a position

The College does not guarantee employment. Selection of a particular student to fill a job is at the sole discretion of the employer and not within the control of the college. This means the college or any of its representatives cannot guarantee a paid or unpaid co-op/internship placement.

*Co-operative Education (Co-op) is used to identify full-time, paid or unpaid work experience in the field.
*Internship is used to identify part-time, paid or unpaid work experience in the field.

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