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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.
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.
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:
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.
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Spring 2016 (510)
The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2016 (510), 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.
Joseph Leopold, Dean, Communications, 727-341-3719Jimmy Chang, Dean, Mathematics, 727-341-4305John Chapin, Dean, Natural Sciences, 727-394-6995Joseph Smiley, Dean, Social & Behavioral Science, 727-712-5851Jonathan Steele, Dean, Humanities & Fine Arts, 727-791-5987
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.
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 REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Composition
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Literature
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSCommunications - Speech
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSSocial and Behavioral Sciences - American Government
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSSocial and Behavioral Sciences - Elective
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSHumanities and Fine Arts - Core
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSHumanities and Fine Arts - Elective
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSMathematics - Core
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSMathematics - Elective
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSNatural Sciences - Core
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSNatural Sciences - Elective
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSNatural Sciences - Laboratory
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEthics
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSComputer and Information Literacy Competency
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSForeign Language
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSEnhanced World View
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSElectives
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