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2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certificates and Degrees

The Associate in Arts degree is awarded in the area of liberal arts and sciences for students planning to transfer to four-year institutions or to gain an educational background in the arts, sciences, and humanities.

The Associate in Science degree is awarded in a variety of career fields for students planning to enter or prepare for advancement in these fields or to transfer to other institutions.

Composition (ENG* 101 ) is required in all associate degree programs, and must be taken within the first 15 credits for which the student registers.

IDS 105 - College Success Course , is required of all new students in the Liberal Arts Program in the first 15 credits of their career. Students who enroll as non-matriculated, non-degree students but who subsequently become students in the Liberal Arts Program, as well as students who transfer into the Liberal Arts Program, will also be required to take IDS 105  in the first 15 credits or as soon as practicable. The only students exempt from the IDS 105  requirement are transfer students who have previously accumulated 12 college credits with a 2.7 G.P.A. All Students can also substitute a one credit IDS College Seminar taken with a Learning Community to meet this requirement.


A student chooses electives to supplement required courses in a program. There are several types of electives: business, fine arts, humanities, liberal arts, mathematics, natural science, social science, technical and free electives. A student should seek the advice of an academic advisor or counselor when selecting an elective.


Topics for the Business elective include Accounting, Business Law, Computer and Information Systems, Finance, Management, Marketing, Business Office Technology, and General Business.

Fine Arts

Topics for the Fine Arts elective include Art, Music, Photography, Theatre, Film, and the course CSA* 222 - Intro to Digital Graphics .


Topics for the Humanities elective include Foreign Language, Philosophy, 200-level English courses, upper level ESL courses and topics covered under the Fine Arts elective.

Liberal Arts

Topics for the Liberal Arts elective include topics covered under Fine Arts elective, Humanities elective, Social Science elective, Mathematics elective, and Natural Science elective. The Liberal Arts elective also includes IDS 105 .


MAT* 137 - Intermediate Algebra , or a higher level mathematics course.

Natural Science

Topics for the Natural Science elective include Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science, Science, and Physics.

Social Science

Topics for the Social Science elective include Anthropology, Communication (excluding Photography and Film), Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Human Services.


Technical electives must be selected from the array of technical courses offered by the College, or can be transferred to the College from an accredited institution of higher education. The technical elective requirement gives a student the option of selecting a lecture course, a laboratory course or a lecture course with a co-requisite laboratory.

Free Electives

Free electives provide the student with an opportunity to select any credit-bearing course offered by the College. The only limitation is that the student meet the prerequisites, if any, of the chosen course. Additionally, this requirement can be met by the transfer of a college-level credit course from an accredited institution of higher education.