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Academic Information
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE (A.A.)
Definition: The Associate in Arts degree, also known as the university
transfer degree, is awarded upon completion of 36 credit of general
education coursework and 24 credits of electives. Florida’s “2+2”
articulation system enables graduates of the A.A. program to seamlessly
transfer to a state college or university. Students are encouraged to adopt
a transfer plan to better prepare for transfer into a selected major or
institution.
Associate in Arts graduates are guaranteed certain rights under the
statewide articulation agreement (Rule 6A-10.024). The articulation
agreement governs the transfer of students from Florida public colleges
into the State University System. The agreement addresses GENERAL
ADMISSION to the State University System and PROGRAM ADMISSION to
selected programs at a university.
ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREES (A.A.S.)
If you are seeking to acquire skills for entering the workforce, then these
two-year degree programs may be for you. They are comprised of both
vocational and general education courses to prepare you for careers in
the areas listed below:
• Diving Business and Technology (DBT)
• Marine Engineering, Management and Seamanship (MEMS)
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE (A.S.)
Definition: The Associate in Science degree is a vocational degree,
awarded upon completion of fifteen to eighteen credits of general
education courses, as well as at least 45 credits of technical courses,
which may or may not be transferable to other institutions. Coursework
prepares students for immediate employment in a specific occupational
field or transfers to select Baccalaureate programs.
COLLEGE CREDIT CERTIFICATE
Definition: A College Credit Certificate requires sixty credits or less of
college-level, technical courses to prepare students for immediate
employment in a specific occupational field. It generally does not
require the completion of general education courses. Certificates may be
applicable toward an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science
degree.
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