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General Studies (A.A.)

  • Guaranteed transfer to state universities - Florida's 2+2 system

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  • Associate in Arts Degree - General Studies
    University Transfer to Bachelor's Degree

    The Associate in Arts degree is designed to transfer to a bachelor's degree at a state university or SPC. Along with classes to prepare you for your major at the four-year level, you also take at least 36 hours in these general education areas.

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    Once you have earned your A.A. from SPC, you are guaranteed admission as a junior to one of the state’s public universities to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or certain Bachelor of Science degrees. In Florida, this is called the 2+2 system, which allows you to pursue a bachelor’s degree by first attending a state or community college and then transferring to a four-year institution. At SPC, you take the same general education courses you would take as a freshman and sophomore at a university, but you get smaller classes and lower tuition costs - about 40 percent less than Florida’s public universities.

    Exceptions to the 2+2 guarantee

    The 2+2 guarantee, however, does not automatically grant you admission to high demand universities or certain limited access programs and majors, as access to these is very competitive. Admission to these programs may require an additional admission process and can be based on GPA and completing the foreign language requirement and all common prerequisites.

  • Most bachelor’s degree programs require you complete specific coursework before you are admitted to a State University System major or program. These are called common prerequisites. Some majors require few common prerequisites, leaving you with many choices in the courses they take. On the other hand, many majors have specific and detailed prerequisites that require careful course selection to satisfy the 36-hour general education and the 24-hour elective requirements.

    If you are working toward an A.A. degree, you should see an academic advisor and choose a program of study or major as early as possible so you can identify the courses you need. You can find the requirements for about 250 university majors and track your progress toward completion through the A.A. transfer evaluation tool on the FloridaShines website.

  • It's important to choose your intended major and university early in your coursework at SPC. Taking courses that meet the program admission requirements at your chosen university will mean a smoother transition and less headaches.

    Plan ahead to make sure you meet all the requirements needed to transfer:

    1. General education requirements needed to earn an A.A. degree
    2. Common prerequisites specific to the university program desired

    NOTE: Florida law now requires students who transfer to one of the state universities to complete their bachelor’s degrees with the fewest courses possible. SPC academic advisors assist students in selecting the courses they will need.

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    • Identify a program of study early in your A.A. degree path by the time you complete 24 credits
    • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss degree requirements and transfer options
    • Use the advising audits on the FloridaShines website to find requirements and track your progress toward A.A. graduation and transfer
    • Check with the transfer services office at the college or university to which you are transferring to obtain information on transfer policies, financial aid opportunities and other assistance
  • Associate in Arts Degree
    Associate in Arts Degree

    GEN-AA

    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2017 (535)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2017 (535), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



    Program Leadership Information

    Joseph Leopold, Dean, Communications, 727-341-3719
    Jimmy Chang, Dean, Mathematics, 727-341-4305
    Natavia Middleton, Dean, Natural Sciences, 727-394-6995
    Joseph Smiley, Dean, Social & Behavioral Science, 727-712-5851
    Jonathan Steele, Dean, Humanities & Fine Arts, 727-791-5987

    Program Summary

    The General Education program at SPC introduces all students to the fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential to study further in the major, to develop educated members of the community and the world, to provide the foundation for becoming informed, independent thinkers, who can comprehend, evaluate, and address the issues that human beings face in their personal lives, careers, and community affairs.

    The Associate in Arts degree emphasizes a Liberal Arts education and is designed to transfer to a bachelor's degree at a state university or SPC. Along with classes to prepare you for your major at the four-year level, you also take at least 36 hours in general education areas.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


    Graduation Rules

    In addition to satisfying the General Education and Elective course requirements, students must:

    -complete at least 60 college-level credits.
    -complete at least 15 credits in residence (at SPC).
    -complete a minimum of two consecutive years of a foreign language in high school OR two semesters of a foreign language at the college level.
    -earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses completed.
    -earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses completed at SPC.

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition

    Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AA degree.
    ENC 1101Composition I3
    ENC 1101HHonors Composition I3
    IDS 1106Interdisciplinary Studies I: Composition I and Introduction to Humanities6

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Literature

    Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 36 credits of coursework toward the AA degree.
    Completing IDS 1337H, LIT 2110, LIT 2110H, LIT 2120, or LIT 2120H will also satisfy the Enhanced World View Requirement.
    AML 1600African-American Literature3
    AML 2010American Literature to 18653
    AML 2010HHonors American Literature I3
    AML 2020American Literature From 1865 To Present3
    AML 2020HHonors American Literature II3
    ENC 1102Composition II3
    ENC 1102HHonors Composition II3
    ENL 2012British Literature I (to 1800)3
    ENL 2012HHonors British Literature I (To 1800)3
    ENL 2022British Literature II (since 1800)3
    IDS 1112HHonors Interdisciplinary Studies: The Modern World6
    IDS 1337HHonors Interdisciplinary Studies: Modern Cultures, Global Insights6
    IDS 1610Interdisciplinary Studies: Literature and Psychology6
    LIT 2110World Literature I (Ancient World Through Renaissance)3
    LIT 2110HHonors World Literature I (Ancient World through Renaissance)3
    LIT 2120World Literature II (Renaissance to the Present)3
    LIT 2120HHonors World Literature II (Renaissance to the Present)3

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required.
    SPC 1017Introduction to Speech Communication3
    SPC 1017HHonors Introduction to Speech Communication3
    SPC 1065Business and Professional Speaking3
    SPC 1608Public Speaking3
    SPC 1608HHonors Public Speaking3

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences - American Government

    Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required.
    POS 2041American National Government3
    POS 2041HHonors American National Government3
    IDS 2103HHonors Interdisciplinary Studies: The American Experience6

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences - Elective

    Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required.
    AMH 2020History of the United States II3
    AMH 2020HHonors History of the US II3
    ANT 2000Introduction to Anthropology3
    ECO 2013Principles of Macroeconomics3
    ECO 2013HHonors Macroeconomics3
    IDS 1610Interdisciplinary Studies: Literature and Psychology6
    PSY 1012General Psychology3
    PSY 1012HHonors General Psychology3
    SYG 2000Introductory Sociology3

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts - Core

    Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. Completing HUM 1020 or IDS 1106 will also satisfy the Enhanced World View Requirement.
    ARH 1000Understanding Art3
    HUM 1020Introduction to Humanities3
    IDS 1106Interdisciplinary Studies I: Composition I and Introduction to Humanities6
    MUL 1010Music Appreciation3
    PHI 1010Introduction to Philosophy3
    PHI 1010HHonors Introduction to Philosophy3
    THE 2000Introduction to Theatre Arts3

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Humanities and Fine Arts - Elective

    Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required.
    Completing HUM 2270, HUM 2270H, IDS 1337H or REL 2300 will also satisfy the Enhanced World View Requirement.
    ARH 2050Art History:Ancient to Gothic3
    ARH 2051Art History:Renaissance to Contemporary3
    HUM 2210Western Humanities:Ancient to Renaissance3
    HUM 2210HHonors Western Humanities: Ancient to Renaissance3
    HUM 2233Western Humanities:Baroque to Contemporary3
    HUM 2233HHonors Western Humanities:Baroque to Contemporary3
    HUM 2270Humanities (East-West Synthesis)3
    HUM 2270HHonors Humanities (East-West Synthesis)3
    IDS 1112HHonors Interdisciplinary Studies: The Modern World6
    IDS 1337HHonors Interdisciplinary Studies: Modern Cultures, Global Insights6
    MUH 1110Introduction to Music History3
    REL 2300World Religions3

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics - Core

    Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required.
    MAC 1105College Algebra3
    MAC 1114Trigonometry3
    MAC 1140Pre-Calculus Algebra3
    MAC 1147Pre-Calculus Algebra/Trigonometry5
    MAC 2233Applied Calculus I3
    MAC 2311Calculus with Analytic Geometry I5
    MAC 2311HHonors Calculus with Analytic Geometry I5
    MAC 2312Calculus with Analytic Geometry II5
    MGF 1106Mathematics for Liberal Arts I3
    MGF 1107Mathematics for Liberal Arts II3
    MTG 3212Modern Geometries4
    STA 2023Elementary Statistics3
    STA 2023HHonors Elementary Statistics3

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics - Elective

    Students may complete an additional 3 credits from the Mathematics Core coursework above
    OR
    Select 3 credits from any Mathematics course with: MAC, MAP, MAS, MGF, MTG or STA prefix. Minimum grade of "C" required.

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Natural Sciences - Core

    Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Completing any course with an "L" or "C" in the number will also satisfy the Natural Sciences Laboratory requirement.
    AST 1002Universe: The Infinite Frontier3
    BSC 1005CBiological Sciences with Lab3
    BSC 2010Biology I Cellular Processes3
    BSC 2010CHHonors Biology I Cellular Processes with Laboratory4
    BSC 2085Human Anatomy & Physiology I3
    CHM 2045General Chemistry I3
    ESC 1000Earth Science3
    ESC 1000CEarth Science3
    EVR 1001CIntroduction to Environmental Science3
    PHY 1053General Physics I3
    PHY 2048Physics I3

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Natural Sciences - Elective

    Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Completing any course with an "L" or "C" in the number will also satisfy the Natural Sciences Laboratory requirement.
    AST 1003The Solar System3
    AST 1022LObservational Astronomy Laboratory1
    BSC 1083Human Anatomy3
    BSC 1930Biological Issues3
    BSC 2011Biology II Organisms & Ecology3
    BSC 2086Human Anatomy & Physiology II3
    BSC 2250CField Biology of Florida with Lab3
    BSC 2420Introduction to Biotechnology3
    BSC 2426CBiotechnology Methods I3
    BSC 2435Bioinformatics3
    CHM 2046General Chemistry II3
    CHM 2210Organic Chemistry I3
    CHM 2211Organic Chemistry II3
    EVR 1328Natural Resources Conservation and Management3
    GLY 2010Physical Geology3
    HUN 1201Science of Nutrition3
    MET 2010Introductory Meteorology3
    OCB 1000CBiology of Marine Life3
    OCE 2001Introduction to Oceanography3
    PCB 2061Applied Genetics2
    PHY 1054General Physics II3

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Natural Sciences - Laboratory

    Complete at least 1 course from the Natural Sciences coursework that includes a laboratory component. Natural Science Laboratory courses include any "C" or "L" course with the following prefixes: APB, AST, BOT, BSC, CHM, ESC, EVR, EVS, GLY, MCB, MET, OCB, OCE, PCB, PHY, PSC or ZOO.

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required.
    PHI 1600Studies in Applied Ethics3
    PHI 1600HHonors Studies in Applied Ethics3

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Computer and Information Literacy Competency

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses below. No minimum credits required.
    CGS 1070Basic Computer and Information Literacy1
    CGS 1100Computer Applications3
    CGS 1309Computer and Information Technology Concepts3
    EME 2040Introduction to Educational Technology3

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Foreign Language

    This degree program requires a minimum of two consecutive years of a foreign language in high school OR two semesters of a foreign language at the college level.
    ASL 1140CBasic American Sign Language with Lab4
    ASL 1150CIntermediate American Sign Language with Lab4
    FRE 1120Elementary French I4
    FRE 1121Elementary French II4
    SPN 1120Elementary Spanish I4
    SPN 1120HHonors Elementary Spanish I4
    SPN 1121Elementary Spanish II4
    SPN 1121HHonors Elementary Spanish II4

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course from the approved General Education Enhanced Worldview coursework below. This requirement is intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. Any college-level foreign language course, excluding American Sign Language, will meet this requirement.
    HUM 1020Introduction to Humanities3
    HUM 2270Humanities (East-West Synthesis)3
    HUM 2270HHonors Humanities (East-West Synthesis)3
    IDS 1106Interdisciplinary Studies I: Composition I and Introduction to Humanities6
    IDS 1337HHonors Interdisciplinary Studies: Modern Cultures, Global Insights6
    INR 2002International Relations3
    INR 2002HHonors International Relations3
    LIT 2110World Literature I (Ancient World Through Renaissance)3
    LIT 2110HHonors World Literature I (Ancient World through Renaissance)3
    LIT 2120World Literature II (Renaissance to the Present)3
    LIT 2120HHonors World Literature II (Renaissance to the Present)3
    REL 2300World Religions3
    WOH 2040The Twentieth Century3
    WOH 2040HHonors The Twentieth Century3

    AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Electives

    Complete 24 credits to satisfy the 60 credit requirement for the Associate of Arts degree. The college-level course (credits) used to satisfy the Computer and Information Literacy Requirement and Foreign Language Requirement will be counted as Elective credits. The college-level course (credits) used to satisfy the Enhanced World View requirement will be counted as Elective credits UNLESS counted in another General Education Requirement.
    Total Credits60