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Requirements for Associate of Arts Degree

Students are required to complete 60 hours of transferable college-level credit to receive an associate of arts (AA) degree. Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rule 6A-14.0303 requires 36 semester hours of general education courses, excluding college prep/developmental education courses. The remaining 24 credit hours are elective credits. Graduates must also meet the requirements of the Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rule 6A-10.030, known as College-Level Communication and Computation Skills (formerly known as the Gordon Rule). Students must complete the state-mandated foreign language requirement by the time they graduate with their bachelor's degree. If students are not going to pursue a bachelor's degree they must complete their foreign language requirement before graduating with their AA. Students also must meet the Daytona State College residency requirements and have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a Daytona State 2.0 GPA. (See Graduation Requirements and Procedures.)

Foreign Language Requirements

Completion of two years of the same foreign language in high school, or completion of or demonstration of proficiency in a foreign language or American Sign Language at the elementary 2 level or above (e.g. French, German, Italian, Spanish 1121 or higher or ASL2150 or higher.) Foreign and sign language courses satisfy elective credits toward the AA degree.

Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rule 6A-10.030, College-Level Communication and Computational Skills (formerly known as the Gordon Rule):

In accordance with the Florida Department of Education Administrative Rule, ALL students are mandated to satisfactorily complete 12 semester hours of courses which include written assignments demonstrating college-level writing skills and also satisfactorily complete a minimum of six (6) semester hours of mathematics. This rule applies to all students prior to receipt of an AA degree from a public community college or university, or prior to entry into upper division of a public university. For the purpose of this rule, a grade of "C" or better shall be considered successful completion.

Students who do not complete all of the College-Level Communication and Computational Skills courses within the 60 credits must complete additional courses to fulfill AA degree requirements.

Courses that satisfy the College-Level Communication and Computational Skills rule are part of the General Education Core and are denoted with an ^College-Level Communication and Computational Skills Writing Courses consist of any course denoted as a College-Level Communication and Computational Skills course EXCEPT those in the Mathematics Core.


Each course used to satisfy this rule and all General Education Core courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Prior to enrollment in college-level English or math courses, some students may be advised to complete college preparatory course work.

General Education Core

The state-mandated 36 hours of general education are distributed in the following areas:

I. Communication - 9 Credits

ENC1101Introduction to Composition

3

ENC1102Writing with Research

3

SPC2608Oral Communications/Research/Presentation Skills

3

ENC1101, ENC1102: satisfy the College-Level Communication and Computational Skills rule

II. Mathematics - 6 Credits

Note: Higher-level mathematics courses also will satisfy the core requirement.

Completion of 6 credits of college-level courses in this area satisfies the College-Level Communication and Computational Skills Administrative Rule requirement in mathematics.

MGF2106Survey in Mathematics

3

MGF2107Mathematics for Liberal Arts

3

STA2023Elementary Statistics

3

MAC1105College Algebra

3

MAC2311CCalculus I and Lab

4

In areas of NATURAL SCIENCES, HUMANITIES, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, one choice MUST come from Column I.

III. Natural Sciences - 6 Credits (Choose two)

Note: Higher-level natural science courses also will satisfy the core requirement.

Column I

AST1002Astronomy

3

BSC1005Survey of Biological Sciences (For Non-Science Majors)

3

BSC1010CGeneral Biology I (For Science Majors) and Lab

4

BSC1085CHuman Anatomy and Physiology I and Lab

4

CHM1020Chemistry in Society

3

CHM1045CGeneral College Chemistry I and Lab

4

EVR2001Introduction to Environmental Science

3

PHY1020Energy and its Environmental Effects

3

PHY1053CGeneral Physics I and Lab

4

PHY2048CPhysics with Calculus I and Lab

5

Column II

BOT1010CGeneral Botany and Lab

4

BSC1020Human Biology

3

CHM1025CIntroduction to Chemistry and Lab

4

GLY2010CPhysical Geology and Lab

4

HUN1201Human Nutrition

3

MET2010Meteorology

3

OCB2000CIntroduction to Marine Biology and Lab

4

OCE1001Introduction to Oceanography

3

PSC1121Physical Science

3

IV. Humanities - 6 Credits

(Choose two: one must be a literature course: (AML, LIT) and one must be a humanities or art course: (ARH, DAN, HUM, MUH, MUL, PHI, REL, THE).

Note: All courses in this area satisfy the College-Level Communication and Computational Skills Administrative Rule writing requirement.

Column I

ARH1000Art Appreciation

3

HUM2020Introduction to Humanities

3

LIT2000Literature and Culture

3

MUL1010Music Appreciation

3

PHI2010Introduction of Philosophy

3

THE1000Theatre Appreciation

3

Column II

AML2050Modern American Literature

3

AML2060Contemporary American Literature

3

AML2600Introduction to African American Literature

3

ARH2050Survey of Art History I

3

ARH2051Survey of Art History II

3

DAN1100Dance Appreciation

3

HUM2210Prehistory to Medieval Humanities

3

HUM2230Renaissance to Postmodern Humanities

3

LIT2030Understanding Poetry

3

LIT2040Dramatic Literature

3

LIT2110Masterpieces of World Literature I

3

LIT2120Masterpieces of World Literature II

3

LIT2380Literature By Women

3

MUH2110Introduction to Music History and Literature

3

MUL2380Popular Music in America

3

REL2300World Religion

3

HUM2020, HUM2210, HUM2230, LIT2110, LIT2120, REL2300: Satisfies the Cultural/Global Focus Area

V. Social Sciences - 6 Credits (Choose two)

Note: Those courses that contribute to the College-Level Communication and Computational Skills Administrative Rule writing requirement are identified as AMH2020, ECO2013, SYG2000, AMH2010, ECO2023, and GEB2430.

Column I

AMH2020United States History 1865 to Present

3

ANT2000Introduction to Anthropology

3

ECO2013Principles of Macroeconomics

3

POS2041American Federal Government

3

PSY1012General Psychology

3

SYG2000Introduction to Sociology

3

Column II

AMH2010United States History to 1877

3

DEP2004Developmental Psychology

3

ECO2023Principles of Microeconomics

3

GEB2430Ethics and Social Responsibility

3

GEO2000World Geography

3

INR2002International Relations

3

GEO2000, INR2002: Satisfies the Cultural/Global Focus Area

VI. Cultural/Global Focus - 3 Credits (Required Focus Area)

Note: If the Cultural/Global Focus Area is already satisfied using a course marked with an asterisk in another category of the general education curriculum (*), then the Cultural/Global Focus Area is satisfied. If not, choose one core course from the course options below.

AMH2091Survey of African American History

3

CPO2001Comparative Government

3

EDF2085Introduction to Diversity for Educators

3

EUH2000History of Western Civilization to 1648

3

GEB2351International Business

3

GEO2420Cultural Geography

3

SLS2281Diversity, Culture and Communication

3

SYG2010Social Problems and Deviance

3

WOH2012World History Before 1500

3

TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION 36 credits
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS (AA) ELECTIVES  24 credits*
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR THE AA DEGREE 60 credits

*Three (3) of the 24 elective credits must be SLS1122 (Managing Your Success). This course is a graduation requirement for students in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree. Some students may be exempt from the requirement to complete SLS1122. Cases in which a student in the AA program are exempt are 1. Transfer students with 30+ credits and a 3.0 cumulative GPA; 2. Readmit students with 30+ credits and a 3.0 cumulative GPA; and 3. Students who change their program from an AS program to the AA program with 30+ credits toward the AA degree and a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Associate of Arts (AA) Elective Courses

Students are required to have 24 credit hours of elective credits to complete the Associate of Arts (AA) degree. Any college credit course that is not already counting toward a General Education requirement may be used to meet this requirement, except courses that have a course number that begins with a 0, for example MAT0018C, ARR0121C, CJK0012. Courses in limited access programs are available only for students admitted to that program. (See Course Descriptions)

Florida regulations require you to take any prerequisites needed for your intended transfer school/major as part of your AA degree. Students are required to meet with an academic advisor to discuss their intended transfer school and major and be informed of the prerequisites for their intended program before they have earned 30 credit hours.

Students should know the requirements of the senior university they plan to attend and work with their Daytona State College faculty advisor or an academic advisor to select electives to fulfill the prerequisites for their major.  *Please see the Excess Hours Advisory Statement below from the Division of Florida Colleges.  

Courses transferred from other institutions are decided on an individual basis.

*EXCESS HOURS ADVISORY STATEMENT

This Division of Florida Colleges advisory statement for incoming students is intended to ensure that all students within The Florida College System understand the importance and potential consequences of their course selections.

 Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes, establishes an “excess hour” surcharge for students seeking baccalaureate degrees at state universities. It is critical that students, including those entering Florida College System Institutions, are aware of the potential for additional course fees. For the 2012-13 academic year and thereafter, “excess hours” are defined as hours that go beyond 110% of the hours required for a baccalaureate degree program. For example, if the length of the program is 120 credit hours, the student may be subject to an excess hour surcharge for any credits attempted beyond 132 credit hours (110% X 120).

 All students whose educational plan may include earning a bachelor’s degree should make every effort to enroll in and successfully complete those courses that are required for their intended major on their first attempt. Florida College System students intending to transfer to state universities should identify a major or “transfer program” early and, by the time the student earns 30 semester hours of college credit, be advised of admission requirements for that program, including the approved common prerequisites. Course withdrawals and/or repeats, as well as enrollment in courses nonessential to the intended major, may contribute to a potential excess hours surcharge.