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    Florida State College
  Feb 03, 2023
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] 
2010-2011 Catalog [Aug. 2010-Aug. 2011] [Archived Catalog]

Degrees and Certificates

The Bachelor Degree 
University Transfer Program: Associate in Arts Degree
The Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Degree 
Technical Certificates 

University Transfer Program: Associate in Arts Degree

Graduation Requirements
General Education Requirements 
CLAS Requirements
Programs of Study


Applicants seeking admission to the associate in arts (A.A.) program must have earned a high school diploma or high school equivalency degree. If applicants graduated on or after Aug. 1, 1987, they must have earned four credits in English and three credits each in mathematics, social studies and science.

University Parallel

The College offers a two–year program leading to the associate in arts (A.A.) degree. Usually referred to as the university parallel or transfer program, it is designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work at Florida State College and then transfer as juniors to four–year institutions of their choice.

The specific programs of study of a given major should be worked out individually between students and the counselor soon after they enroll at Florida State College. Earned credits in a university parallel study are transferable to four–year institutions and applicable toward a bachelor’s degree.

In planning a program at Florida State College, students should be certain to meet the General Education Requirements for the associate in arts degree and complete a program of at least 60 semester hours comprising courses counting toward the associate in arts degree. All courses will have a notation at the end of the course description confirming that the course is an A.A. course.

Intended Transfer Major

Within these 60 semester hours, students should be certain to fulfill the pre–major course requirements for the major, which they intend to take at the university they plan to attend. Students transferring to a private four–year institution from Florida State College are advised to write the registrar of that university for information concerning special course requirements that should be met while attending Florida State College or use the FACTS system. These requirements vary from university to university; thus, specific programs of study for a given major at a given university should be worked out individually by students and an advisor or counselor soon after they enroll at the College. To maximize transferability, students are advised to choose an intended transfer major and transfer institution as early as possible while at Florida State College.

Students transferring with the associate in arts degree are guaranteed the transferability of credits earned toward that degree and junior–level standing by the state articulation agreement. Students transferring prior to receipt of the A.A. degree are not assured of junior–level standing, and the transferability of credits earned will be determined by the receiving institution. Also, a student transferring prior to receipt of the A.A. degree may not receive acceptance of credits earned in courses with less than a “C” grade.

Colleges and universities may have different admission and program requirements. Selecting an intended transfer major and transfer institution early is important. Some institutions have limited access programs, which require students to meet specific admission requirements before being considered for admission into selected programs. Students have the responsibility for making contact with a counselor or advisor in the office of student success to work out their program of study at Florida State College.

Associate in Arts Graduation Requirements

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

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College in courses eligible toward the associate in arts degree program. (A.A. Florida State College GPA).
  2. Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) in courses, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative.)
  3. Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements areas I Communication, II Mathematics, III Humanities, IV Natural Sciences and V Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  4. Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College.
  5. Completed 60 semester hours of college credit work as follows:
    1. General Education Requirements  (36 semester hours) set forth in the general education requirements of this catalog (the instructional dean may, when appropriate, approve a course not listed under the General Education Requirements of the associate in arts degree to count towards that requirement) and
    2. major prerequisites (24 semester hours) set forth in the major prerequisites section of this catalog.
  6. Completed requirements of 6A–10.030, Other Assessments Procedures for College–Level Communication.
  7. Completed the College Level Academic Skills (CLAS) requirements as listed by section 1007.25, Florida Statutes (refer to the CLAS section for details). The graduation date for an Associate of Arts degree student will be either the date of completion of coursework required for degree, or successful completion of the CLAS requirements.
  8. Can demonstrate mastery of the Information Literacy Assessment. Refer to assessment section  of catalog for details.

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 students complete all requirements for the degree or certificate for which they are an applicant. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation date, 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 automatically be reassigned to the catalog in effect during their fifth year. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2010/2011) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2015, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2014/2015 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Some of the courses listed in the options for the General Education Requirements are intended for students majoring or specializing in the discipline. Students are advised to review the course descriptions.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or prerequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English and who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language entry college placement test (CPT–L), will be required to take English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses prior to registering for other college credit classes. Students from cultures whose language of instruction may have been in English, but the native language is other than English, also come under the CPT–L test and course guidelines. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the EAP program manager. Students who place into EAP, as determined by the test, must complete EAP prefix courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree–seeking college credit students who plan to take English, reading or courses where these are critical requisite skills must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the EAP program manager or designee.

Student Warning

When students repeat a course at Florida State College, only the last grade earned is calculated in their cumulative grade point average (GPA). However, students with an excessive number of “W” grades and students who repeat courses to improve their GPA jeopardize their admission to some programs in the Florida State University System (SUS) institutions or other institutions.

Associate in Arts College Level Academic Skills (CLAS) Requirements

Note: The CLAS requirements are effective August 24, 2009 and are subject to change.

The state of Florida Legislature has repealed the requirement to pass the “College level communication and mathematics skills examination” (CLAST) in order to be awarded a Associate in Arts degree effective July 1, 2009.

In order to demonstrate continuing concern for institutional accountability and effectiveness, as well as performance standards for student learning outcomes, students must meet one of the following CLAS requirements for receipt of an A.A. degree and progression into the upper division of a baccalaureate program.

The following alternatives will fulfill the competency requirements in addition to other current requirements for the A.A. degree:

GPA Alternatives

  1. Student must earn a 2.5 GPA in a combination of at least one (1) course with the ENC prefix and any other course that is designated as a “Gordon Rule” writing course (excluding courses with the SPC prefix). Florida State College has the following Gordon Rule courses:

    • ENC 1101 - English Composition I
    • ENC 1102 - Writing About Non-Fiction
    • LIT 2000 - Introduction to Literature: Writing about Fiction
    • HUM 2020 - Humanities Forum
    • HUM 2210 - Humanities: The Foundations
    • HUM 2230 - 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
  2. Students with a 2.5 GPA in college-level mathematics courses (excluding MAT 1033) may meet the CLAS requirements for the mathematics subtest. The mathematics courses that may be used to meet the requirements are:

    • MAC 1105 - College Algebra
    • any other MAC course with the last three digits greater than 105
    • MGF 1106 - Topics in College Mathematics
    • MGF 1107 - Explorations in Mathematics
    • MGF 2118 - Topics in Finite Mathematics

Examination Alternatives

Please note: Students must remediate after each CLAS alternative examination failure and wait 31 days between retaking on any of the CLAS alternatives exams.
  1. ACT
    Scores on the ACT (with a minimum scores in each section) may meet the CLAS requirements. To register, visit the ACT Web site or call ACT Registration at (319) 337-1270. Additional fees are charged for standby testing.

    • Reading: ACT score of 22 or higher
    • Writing: ACT score of 21 or higher
    • Mathematics: ACT score of 21 or higher
  2. SAT
    Scores on SAT (with minimum scores in each section) may meet the CLAS requirements. To register, visit the SAT Web site or call SAT Customer Service at (866) 756-7346. Additional fees are charged for standby testing.

    • Verbal/Critical Reading: SAT score of 500 or higher
    • Mathematics: SAT score of 500 or higher
  3. CPT
    Scores on ACCUPLACER® (with minimum scores in each section) may meet the CLAS requirements:

    • Reading: Accuplacer/CPT 93
    • Writing: Accuplacer/CPT 105
    • Mathematics: Accuplacer/CPT 91

Application of Credits Earned via Credit-By-Examination

  1. Credit granted in accordance with the ACC Credit-By-Examination Equivalency List (including AP, IB, AICE, CLEP, DSST, and Excelsior) may be substituted for the courses used to meet CLAS skills requirements. Students must earn a minimum of six (6) credits.

If a student earns credit in two (2) college courses within the same subject area via ACC-approved credit-by examination, the CLAS requirements in that subject area will be considered “met.” For example, student has earned two Ps from credit by examination for a minimum of six (6) credits will be considered met.

If a student earns credit for one (1) college course via approved ACC credit–by-examination, no grade will be assigned for that course. The 2.5 GPA calculations will be calculated only on the grade earned in the second course. (i.e. the grade in the second course must equate to a 2.5 or higher). For example, student has earned a “P” by taking a credit-by-examination and has earned a “B” or higher in the second course will be considered met.

CLAS Waivers

  1. Any student who has taken a subtest of a CLAS alternative examination at least three (3) times and has not achieved a passing score, but has otherwise demonstrated proficiency in coursework in the same subject area, may request a waiver for that particular subtest. A student must demonstrate remediation efforts and has earned a 2.0 GPA in all college credit courses in that skill area to be considered for a waiver. The waiver committee will consider other evidence as well. A student may obtain a waiver form from the Dean of Student Success offices. The waiver form should be forwarded to Dr. Judy Jones-Liptrot for processing except for students who are requesting a waiver due to a documented disability. Those waiver forms are to be sent to the office of Students with Disabilities.

Note: Any student who has not passed the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) prior to July 1, 2009 will be required to fulfill the competency requirements by meeting one of the CLAS requirements listed above.

Additional information on CLAS is available in campus enrollment services offices as well as assessment and certification centers.

Programs of Study (Associate in Arts)

The state of Florida has adopted common prerequisites for each major that are required at all 11 state universities. These courses should be completed as part of the associate in arts degree (A.A.). It is also important to note that for all the same majors, each university may have different admission requirements in addition to the common prerequisites. In some universities, common prerequisites must be completed in order to be admitted into a program. These programs are identified as Limited Access. All associate in arts degree students are encouraged to select an intended transfer major by the time they have accumulated 24 college credit hours in order to enroll in the appropriate prerequisite courses needed for transfer to an upper division college or university. Selecting an intended transfer major will also assist students in using Visit or contact a counselor or advisor for more information about each major.

The Associate in Arts degree program is for those whose ultimate goal is to achieve a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university. Also known as the university transfer degree, the A.A. curriculum is comparable to the freshman and sophomore years at a university. The majority of courses in this program are general education such as English, mathematics, humanities, science and social studies. The remaining courses are selected based on the student’s intended transfer major and transfer institution and are meant to satisfy prerequisite requirements for that major. Following are some intended transfer major areas which A.A. students may choose. This list is not a complete list of possibilities. See a counselor or advisor for other areas of interest.

Intended Transfer Majors

The following list of intended transfer majors has a unique three-digit code for each intended transfer major. All Associate in Arts degree students are encouraged to select an intended transfer major, in order to and enroll in the appropriate prerequisite courses needed for transfer to an upper division college or university. The codes and the intended transfer major will not appear on the college transcript, but will be used during enrollment at Florida State College to assist in advising and communicating with students. The intended transfer major code can be selected during the application process and changed, at the student’s request. Changes in intended transfer majors can affect the prerequisites courses needed for the transfer major.

Students should also select an intended transfer institution in Connections or when meeting with an advisor or counselor. The advising and counseling staff can assist you in researching the transfer institution options that match your goals and help you take the right prerequisite courses needed for your intended transfer major at your intended transfer institution.

Arts, Languages and Humanities

Arts, Languages and Humanities (100), Art (101), Communications (102), Fine Arts (103), Dance (104), Theatre (105), English (106), Literature (107), Foreign Languages (108), Music (109), Philosophy (110), Religious Studies (111), Film Studies (112), Humanities (113), Broadcast Journalism/Broadcast Communication (114), Graphic Design (115), Digital Arts/Digital Media (116), Digital Communications (117), Photography (118), Journalism (119)


Business (200), Accounting (201), Business Administration (202), Economics (203), Finance (204), Financial Services (205), Logistics (206), Management (207), Marketing (208), Transportation (209), Fashion Merchandising (210), Applied Management (211, Business Forensics (212), Financial Management (213), Forensic Accounting (214), Human Resource Management (215), Hospitality Management (216), Aviation Management (217), Event Management (218), Risk Management and Insurance (219), Agriculture Business/Operations (220), Supervision and Management (221)

Computer Science and Information Systems

Computer Science and Information Systems (300), Computer Science (301), Computer Engineering (302), Information Science (303), Information Systems (304), Computer Networking (305), Information Technology (306), Management Information Systems (307), Computer Information Systems (308), Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications (309), Information Technology Management (310)


Education (400), Art Education (401), Elementary Education (402), English Education (403), Exceptional Education (404), Health Education (405), Middle School Education (406), Music Education (407), Physical Education (408) Science Education (409), Secondary Education (410), Social Science Education (411), Mathematics Education (412), Dance Education (413), Child Development (414), Early Childhood Education (415)

Engineering, Architecture and Construction

Engineering, Architecture and Construction (500), Architecture (501), Building Construction Management (502), Civil Engineering (503), Electrical Engineering (504), Interior Design (505), Mechanical Engineering (506), Nuclear Engineering (507), Engineering Technology - General (508), Geomatics (509)

Health Care and Recreation

Health Care and Recreation (600), Dietetics (601), Health Science (602), Health Administration (603), Nursing (604), Nutrition (605), Physical Therapy (606), Recreation (607), Sports Medicine (608), Health Care Management (609), Sports Management (610), Exercise Science (611)


Mathematics (700), Statistics (701)

Physical and Biological Sciences

Physical and Biological Sciences (800), Astronomy (801), Biology (802), Botany (803), Chemistry (804), Ecology (805), Forestry (806), Geology (807), Marine Biology (808), Meteorology (809), Oceanography (810), Physics (811), Zoology (812), Biochemistry (813), Forensic Science (814), Animal Science (815), Environmental Science (816)

Social Sciences

Social Sciences (900), Anthropology (901), Criminal Justice (902), Geography (903), History (904), International Studies/Relations (905), Political Science (906), Psychology (907), Public Administration (908), Sociology (909), Social Work (910), Public Safety Management (911), Fire Science Management (912), Fire and Emergency Services (913), Legal Assisting (914)


Pre-Dentistry (011), Pre-Law (012), Pre-Medicine (013), Pre-Optometry (014), Pre-Pharmacy (015), Pre-Veterinary Medicine (016), Pre-Architecture (017), Pre-Physician Assistant (018)

Other (099)

Undecided (000)

To meet the A.A. degree requirements and course/admission requirements to a university, it is important that each A.A. student identify an intended transfer major and transfer institution by the time they have accumulated 24 college credit hours. Admission to a university is based on proper selection of the required courses and meeting the admission criteria. Students transferring to a Florida university should complete the associate in arts degree (36 credits of general education and the CLAS requirements), the common prerequisites (some common prerequisites may also meet general education requirements), and obtain the admission criteria to be successful in the transfer process.

All students are encouraged to contact a counselor or advisor for more information about each intended transfer major. Program specific information is available on the individual institution’s Web site and through academic advising on each campus. Students should be aware that program eligible courses are determined by the receiving institution.