Jul 21, 2024  
2023-24 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook 

College Transfer

College Transfer Programs

(Associate in Arts, Associate in Arts Teacher Preparation, Associate in Science, Associate in Science Teacher Preparation, Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts, Associate in Engineering and Associate in General Education-Nursing)

Gaston College offers a college transfer program for students intending to transfer to a four-year college or university by offering courses that parallel those offered during the first two years, typically the general education requirements, at the four-year institution. Students who transfer from Gaston College have the ability to pursue a variety of undergraduate degree programs at their four-year institution. Students are encouraged to meet with their Gaston College Academic Advisor to discuss the appropriate associate degree program and course selection that aligns with their future academic and career plans. Students may complete a 60-61 credit hour Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Arts Teacher Preparation Degree (A.A.T.P), Associate in Science Degree (A.S.), Associate in Science Teacher Preparation Degree (A.S.T.P), Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts (A.F.A.V.A.) Associate in Engineering (A.E.), or Associate in General Education-Nursing (AGE-Nursing). 

Gaston College has partnered with 10 four-year institutions to provide a pathway for guaranteed admission into the following four-year institutions: Appalachian State University, Belmont Abbey College, East Carolina University, Gardner-Webb University, Johnson C Smith University, Lees McRae College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and University of North Carolina at Wilmington. These Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) agreements ensure Gaston College students a smooth transition from GC to the institution of their choice upon completion of their associate degrees with credits counting towards a bachelor’s degree. For further information please visit Gaston College’s Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG) website.

A one semester credit hour college transfer success course, ACA 122, is included in the student’s associate degree program requirements and a Work-Based Learning (WBL - 111) course of one semester hour of credit may be included in a 61 semester hour-credit degree program such as Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science Degree (A.S.), Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts (A.F.A.V.A.), or Associate in Engineering (A.E). The four-year institution the student attends upon transfer, will determine the type of transfer credit that is awarded for these two course.

Each student should meet with their assigned academic advisor about course selection for the next academic term prior to registration. Any course substitutions, courses for those specifically required for graduation and those outside the area of specialization, must be approved by the appropriate academic dean. Students are responsible for the completion of their academic program of study based upon the requirements stated in the Gaston College Academic Catalog.

Arts and Sciences Advising

Academic advising is an essential part of student success as it assists students in understanding their requirements to complete their program of study and graduation requirements. All new students and first semester students are required to seek assistance with course planning from their assigned academic advisor. It is recommended that all students during their time at Gaston College meet with their assigned advisor and log into Watermark and Self-Service every semester to review academic plans and progress towards graduation.

The Arts and Sciences Advising Center (Transfer Advising Center) is located in Robinson Classroom Building (RCB) room 236 on the Dallas Campus.

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA)

Under the provisions of House Bill 739 and Senate Bill 1161, the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina (UNC) System have developed a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) to assist with the transfer of credits for specific associate degree programs and courses for community college students to our 16 public, in-state UNC System institutions.

Gaston College graduates of Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Science (A.S.) degree programs who have made a “C” or better in each course completed in their program of study will be considered to have fulfilled the institution-wide, general education requirements of public, in-state University of North Carolina (UNC) System institution to which they are accepted and will be admitted with Junior status (60+ credit hours). Foreign language and physical education requirements of that UNC System institution must still be met.

The North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) have adopted an equivalent version of the CAA, called the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA). The following 30 private and independent colleges and universities in North Carolina honor the ICAA: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Bennett College, Brevard College, Campbell University, Catawba College, Chowan University, Gardner-Webb University, Greensboro College, Guilford College, High Point University, Johnson C. Smith University, Lees-McRae College, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Livingstone College, Mars Hill University, Meredith College, Methodist University, Montreat College, North Carolina Wesleyan University, Pfeiffer University, Queens University of Charlotte, Saint Augustine’s University, Salem College, Shaw University, St. Andrews University, University of Mount Olive, Warren Wilson College, William Peace University, and Wingate University.

Uniform and Bilateral Articulation Agreements

For students who complete an Associate in Arts Teacher Preparation (A.A.T.P.), Associate in Science Teacher Preparation Degree (A.S.T.P), Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts (A.F.A.V.A.) Associate in Engineering (A.E.), Associate in Applied Science in Nursing (A.A.S. - Nursing), or Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education (A.A.S. - Early Childhood Education) degree program, there are some protections to the completed community college credits, which is determined by the institution the student was admitted to upon transfer. Completing one of the indicated associate degree programs prepares students for the admission requirements to a specific bachelor’s degree program, but does not guarantee students admission to the institution nor to that specific degree program. This protection is through the Uniform Articulation Agreements (UAA) which are agreements between multiple North Carolina Community Colleges and specific public, in-state University of North Carolina (UNC) System four-year institutions.

There are opportunities students for who complete an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) in other specific program of study to have some protection of their completed community college credits through Bilateral Articulation Agreements (BAA). Bilateral Articulation Agreements are between specific North Carolina community college Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs and a specific four-year institution and a specific bachelor’s degree program at that institution. Students would need to speak with their Academic Advisor to learn about the current BAA opportunities for transfer. There are BAA opportunities at participating North Carolina public and private/independent four-year institutions.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Arts in Teacher Preparation, Associate in Science, Associate in Science in Techer Preparation, Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts, Associate in Engineering, or Associate in General Education-Nursing Degree, students must have a grade of “C” or better in each course applied towards degree requirements. Students who make below a “C” in a course should either retake the course or complete an approved alternative course.

Students who wish to apply grades of “D” for graduation, may petition for graduation in the Associate in General Education degree program, which is not designed as a transfer program.

Transfer Electives  

The following courses have been approved as electives for transfer degrees.

ACA 122 College Transfer Success (1 Credit Hour)  

ACC 120 Prin of Financial Accounting (4 Credit Hours)  

ACC 121 Prin of Managerial Accounting (4 Credit Hours)  

ART 111 Art Appreciation (3 Credit Hours)  

ART 114 Art History Survey I (3 Credit Hours)  

ART 115 Art History Survey II (3 Credit Hours)  

BIO 110 Principles of Biology (4 Credit Hours)  

BIO 111 General Biology I (4 Credit Hours)  

BIO 112 General Biology II (4 Credit Hours)  

BIO 155 Nutrition (3 Credit Hours)  

BIO 168 Anatomy and Physiology I (4 Credit Hours)  

BIO 169 Anatomy and Physiology II (4 Credit Hours)  

BIO 250 Genetics (4 Credit Hours)  

BIO 275 Microbiology (4 Credit Hours)   

BUS 110 Introduction to Business (3 Credit Hours)  

BUS 115 Business Law I (3 Credit Hours)  

BUS 137 Principles of Management (3 Credit Hours)  

CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry (3 Credit Hours)  

CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab (1 Credit Hour)  

CHM 132 Organic and Biochemistry (4 Credit Hours)  

CHM 151 General Chemistry I (4 Credit Hours)  

CHM 152 General Chemistry II (4 Credit Hours)  

CHM 251 Organic Chemistry I (4 Credit Hours)  

CHM 252 Organic Chemistry II (4 Credit Hours)  

CIS 110 Introduction to Computers (3 Credit Hours)  

CJC 111 Intro to Criminal Justice (3 Credit Hours)  

CJC 121 Law Enforcement Operations (3 Credit Hours)  

CJC 141 Corrections (3 Credit Hours)  

COM 110 Introduction to Communication (3 Credit Hours)  

COM 120 Intro Interpersonal Com (3 Credit Hours)  

COM 231 Public Speaking (3 Credit Hours)  

CSC 134 C++ Programming (3 Credit Hours)  

CSC 151 JAVA Programming (3 Credit Hours)  

DFT 170 Engineering Graphics (3 Credit Hours)  

ECO 251 Prin of Microeconomics (3 Credit Hours)  

ECO 252 Prin of Macroeconomics (3 Credit Hours)  

EDU 216 Foundations of Education (3 Credit Hours)        

EGR 150 Intro to Engineering (2 Credit Hours)  

ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry (3 Credit Hours)  

ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disc (3 Credit Hours)  

ENG 231 American Literature I (3 Credit Hours)  

ENG 232 American Literature II (3 Credit Hours)  

ENG 241 British Literature I (3 Credit Hours)  

ENG 242 British Literature II (3 Credit Hours)  

GEL 111 Geology (4 Credit Hours)  

GEO 111 World Regional Geography (3 Credit Hours)  

HEA 110 Personal Health/Wellness (3 Credit Hours)  

HEA 112 First Aid & CPR (2 Credit Hours)  

HIS 111 World Civilizations I (3 Credit Hours)  

HIS 112 World Civilizations II (3 Credit Hours)  

HIS 121 Western Civilization I (3 Credit Hours)  

HIS 122 Western Civilization II (3 Credit Hours)  

HIS 131 American History I (3 Credit Hours)  

HIS 132 American History II (3 Credit Hours)  

HUM 120 Cultural Studies (3 Credit Hours)     

HUM 180 Internat Cultural Explor (3 Credit Hours)  

MAT 143 Quantitative Literacy (3 Credit Hours)  

MAT 152 Statistical Methods I (4 Credit Hours)  

MAT 167 Discrete Mathematics (3 Credit Hours)    

MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra (4 Credit Hours)  

MAT 172 Precalculus Trigonometry (4 Credit Hours)  

MAT 252 Statistical Methods II (4 Credit Hours)  

MAT 263 Brief Calculus (4 Credit Hours)  

MAT 271 Calculus I (4 Credit Hours)  

MAT 272 Calculus II (4 Credit Hours)  

MAT 273 Calculus III (4 Credit Hours)  

MAT 280 Linear Algebra (3 Credit Hours)  

MAT 285 Differential Equations (3 Credit Hours)  

MUS 110 Music Appreciation (3 Credit Hours)  

MUS 112 Introduction to Jazz (3 Credit Hours)  

PED 110 Fit and Well for Life (2 Credit Hours)  

PED 113 PED 113 Aerobics I (1 Credit Hour)  

PED 118 Weight Training II (1 Credit Hour)   

PED 119 Circuit Training (1 Credit Hour)   

PED 123 Yoga II (1 Credit Hour)  

PHI 215 Philosophical Issues (3 Credit Hours)  

PHI 240 Introduction to Ethics (3 Credit Hours)  

PHY 110 Conceptual Physics (3 Credit Hours)  

PHY 110A Conceptual Physics Lab (1 Credit Hour)  

PHY 151 College Physics I (4 Credit Hours)  

PHY 152 College Physics II (4 Credit Hours)  

PHY 251 General Physics I (4 Credit Hours)  

PHY 252 General Physics II (4 Credit Hours)  

POL 120 American Government (3 Credit Hours)  

PSY 150 General Psychology (3 Credit Hours)  

PSY 237 Social Psychology (3 Credit Hours)   

PSY 241 Developmental Psych (3 Credit Hours)  

PSY 281 Abnormal Psychology (3 Credit Hours)  

REL 110 World Religions (3 Credit Hours)  

SOC 210 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)  

SOC 220 Social Problems (3 Credit Hours)  

SOC 225 Social Diversity (3 Credit Hours)         

SPA 111 Elementary Spanish I (3 Credit Hours)  

SPA 112 Elementary Spanish II (3 Credit Hours)  

SPA 211 Intermediate Spanish I (3 Credit Hours)  

SPA 212 Intermediate Spanish II (3 Credit Hours)  

WBL 111 Work-Based Learning I (1 Credit Hour)