Apr 25, 2024  
2017-18 Gaston College Catalog 

Associate in Science (A10400)

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The Associate in Science degree shall be granted for planned programs of study consisting of minimum of 60 and a maximum of 61 semester hours of approved college transfer courses with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

Within the degree programs, the college shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communications, fundamental mathematical skills, and the basic use of computers.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

Demonstrate general education competencies in the following areas:

Competency 1:  Information Literacy and Educational Technology

Students will meet this competency through the completion of both objectives 1a and 1b.

Objective 1a:  Access, use, and evaluate information in a variety of formats.

Objective 1b:  Use educational technologies to achieve academic and work-related goals.

Competency 2:  Communication

Students will meet this competency through assessments in both ENG 111 and ENG 112 or ENG 114.

Objective:  Communicate effectively through writing, reading, and speaking

Competency 3:  Mathematical and Scientific Reasoning

Students will meet this competency through the completion of objectives 3a or 3b.

Objective 3a:   Analyze mathematical problems and quantitative data to make logical decisions.

Objective 3b:  Demonstrate knowledge of the natural sciences and use this knowledge to analyze problems and make rational decisions.

Competency 4:  Humanities and Fine Arts

Students will meet this competency through the completion of objectives 4a or 4b.

Objective 4a:  Demonstrate knowledge of philosophical and/or religious beliefs, assumptions, and values.

Objective 4b:  Demonstrate knowledge of cultural and artistic significance within the fine arts.

Competency 5:  Social and Behavioral Sciences

Students will meet this competency through the completion of objectives 5a or 5b.

Objective 5a:  Demonstrate knowledge of the historical patterns in political, cultural, and economic life and their impact on human societies.

Objective 5b:  Demonstrate knowledge of the reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.

General Education Courses (45 SHC)*

English Composition (6 SHC)

 The following two (2) courses are required.

Natural Sciences (8 SHC)

A two-course sequence in general biology, general chemistry, or physics is required.

Additional General Education Hours (11 SHC)

An additional 11 SHC of courses should be selected from courses classified as general education courses within the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Students should select these courses based on their intended major and transfer university.

Other Required Hours (15 SHC)*


Total Program Hours: 60-61


*Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

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