Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook 
2024-2025 Gaston College Catalog and Student Handbook

Educational Programs


Continuing Education Programs

Gaston College’s Continuing Education Program offers a variety of short-term professional development programs, certifications and personal enrichment courses delivered traditionally or online. For more detailed information on Continuing Education programs visit the Continuing Education  page of the Catalog. For more information and current course schedule visit: gaston.edu/economic-workforce-development/.

College Transfer Programs

(Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts Teacher Preparation, 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 North Carolina four-year institutions to provide a special 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 courses.

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.

For more information on advising, transfer electives and graduation requirements visit the College Transfer  page of the Catalog and Student Handbook. 

Associate in Applied Science Degrees

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees are two-year programs that prepare the student for the workforce. Additionally, there are some senior institutions where all or part of these degrees are accepted as the first two years of a four-year program. A few of the senior institutions that accept some of Gaston College A.A.S. degrees are the following: Appalachian State University, Belmont Abbey College, Gardner-Webb University, Lenoir Rhyne College, Pfeiffer College, Mars Hill College, University of N.C. at Charlotte, Western Carolina University, and Winston-Salem State University.

Some senior institutions will evaluate the Associate in Applied Science Degree on a course-by-course basis.

The minimum requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree vary with the degree program. The completion of no fewer than twenty (20) semester hours while in attendance at Gaston College is required.

A student is eligible to graduate with an Associate in Applied Science Degree upon completion of the curriculum requirements for the particular program listed in this catalog. A student must have a 2.00 grade point average on courses presented for graduation.


For more information on available programs here at Gaston College visit the Programs of Study  page in the Catalog and Student Handbook.