The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree program at Florida Keys Community College provides courses that parallel those offered in the first two years of study at a university. It is called the university parallel or general transfer program. By taking courses for credit in this program students may lay the basic foundation for a baccalaureate degree in any field.
Knowledge and skills in oral and written communication, computer usage, computation or mathematics, natural science, social science, and humanities are expected of every college graduate. Certain general education courses that emphasize this knowledge and these skills are required of every student who aspires to the Associate in Arts degree. All students are encouraged to take these required courses as early as possible in their college studies.
The Associate in Arts degree consists of a minimum of 36 semester hours of General Education requirements and 24 semester hours of electives, which should include the pre-professional requirements of the anticipated major field of study.
Students must satisfy the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) or document satisfaction of the CLAST requirement by a state-approved alternate method to be awarded the Associate in Arts degree or to be admitted to upper division programs in state universities in Florida.
Student Bill of Rights
Florida Community College Associate in Arts graduates are guaranteed the following rights under the Statewide Articulation Agreement (State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024). This "Student Bill of Rights" guarantees that an AA degree will transfer intact from any Florida Community College to any State University.
- Admission to one of the twelve state universities, except to limited
- Acceptance of at least 60 credit hours by the state universities toward the baccalaureate degree.
- Adherence to university requirements and policies based on the catalog in effect at the time the student first entered a community college, provided the student maintains continuous enrollment.
- Transfer of equivalent courses under the Statewide Course Numbering System.
- Acceptance by the state universities of credit earned in accelerated programs (e.g., CLEP, AP, EXCELSIOR, Dual Enrollment, Early Admission and International Baccalaureate).
- No additional General Education core requirements.
- Advance knowledge of selection criteria for limited access programs.
- Equal opportunity with native university students to enter limited access programs.
Should any guarantee be denied, students have the right of appeal. Each state university and community college shall make available established appeal procedures through their respective articulation officers.
*Limited Access is the designation given to programs that require additional admission requirements which are more selective than general admission requirements. These may include the following: increased total GPA and test scores; additional courses and prerequisites; and auditions and portfolios.
Foreign Language Requirement
For undergraduate admission to a state university, students must have earned two credits of sequential foreign language at the high school level. If a student did not complete this requirement while in high school, the requirement can be met through successful completion of eight credit hours in one foreign language, or demonstration of proficiency by passing a CLEP (College Level Examination Program) foreign language test. Satisfaction of this university admission requirement may not satisfy a specific university graduation requirement of foreign language for certain majors. Students are encouraged determine the graduation requirements for the university they plan to attend.
The eleven public universities in Florida have a transfer manual that lists common prerequisites for each university major. The manual, available on-line recommends pre-professional courses that should be taken at the community college level in order to meet the requirements of these selective admissions programs. Also, some university programs require the second year of a modern foreign language for the baccalaureate degree. Students are advised to meet with a counselor/advisor to review these pre-professional requirements. Students should be aware that most university majors, i.e., business administration, engineering, computer science, pre-med programs, education, etc., require specific courses to be taken at the community college as part of the A.A. degree, prior to applying to the university. Failure to meet a university's pre-professional requirements for a limited access program could delay a student's admission to the program of his/her choice.
The institution from which a person wishes to graduate makes the final decision on graduation requirements and the acceptance of transfer credits.
Students are urged to allow themselves plenty of time and thought in which to plan the educational program that will guide the remainder of their lives and influence the quality of their living. Appointments to see an academic advisor/counselor at Florida Keys Community College for needed personal assessment and educational guidance should be made early and regularly.
ATTENTION A.A. STUDENTS: For additional information on transferring to a university, please make an appointment to see one of our academic advisor/counselors before the beginning of your second year at FKCC.
Letters/Humanities and Mathematics Course Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree (The Gordon Rule)
In addition to tests that measure student achievement in college-level communication and computation skills, S.B.E. Rule 6A-10.30 (Gordon Rule) requires that other assessment procedures shall be measured by completion of coursework in letters and humanities and mathematics.
For purposes of this rule, a grade of "C" or higher shall be considered successful completion. Prior to receipt of an Associate in Arts degree from a public community college or university or prior to entry into the upper division of a public university, a student shall complete successfully the following:
1. Twelve (12) semester hours of letters and humanities coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate writing skills. For the purpose of this rule, a letters and humanities course is defined as any semester-length course within the general study area of letters and humanities in which the student must demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple assignments. English Composition and courses that satisfy the writing requirement are listed in Area I Letters and Humanities.
2. Six (6) semester hours of mathematics course work at the level of college algebra or higher. Logic or statistics courses may be used to fulfill three (3) hours of the six (6) hour computation requirement when specified.
Most Florida universities and many universities in other states have implemented a Diversity requirement. Students should see their Counselors for further information and guidance regarding this requirement. Diversity courses offered by FKCC have been identified in the Associate in Arts Degree curriculum below. Courses marked with an (M) have an International or Multicultural emphasis. Courses marked with a (D) emphasize diversity within the United States or, more generally, within the Western experience.
General Education Requirements for
the Associate in Arts Degree
Area I - Letters and Humanities : Area II - Mathematics : Area III - Natural Science : Area IV - Social/Behavioral Sciences : Area V - Computer Literacy : Area VI - Oral Communication : Area VII - Electives
To earn an Associate in Arts degree, students must complete 36 credit
hours of general education courses (Area I-VI) and 24 credit hours of
elective course work (Area VII).
Diversity courses can be found in Area I and Area IV (see diversity statement above).
Area I and Area II courses are governed by the Gordon Rule.
Area I: Letters and Humanities (12 credits required)
A grade of "C" or higher is required in order to satisfy Gordon Rule requirements.
A. Letters (6 credits required)
The following courses each require 6000 words of composition and apply to the Gordon Rule Writing Requirement.
ENC 1101 English Composition I (M / D) (3)
ENC 1102 English Composition II (3)
B. Humanities/Fine Arts (6 credits required)
The following courses each require demonstration of college-level writing skills through multiple assignments and apply to the Gordon Rule Writing Requirement. Choose courses from two different clusters:
Cluster A - Literature
AML 2020 American Literature (3)
ENL 2022 English Literature (3)
LIT 1352 Introduction to Minority Literature (D) (3)
LIT 2000 Introduction to Literature (3)
LIT 2020 Introduction to Short Fiction (3)
LIT 2380 Women in Literature (D) (3)
SPT 1131 Introduction to Literature and Culture of Latin America (3)
SPW 1581 Visions of El Dorado (3)
SPW 1790 Introduction to Queer Latina(o) Literature (3)
Cluster B - Humanities/Fine
ARH 1050 History of Art, Ancient-1400 (3)
ARH 1051 History of Art, 1400-Present (3)
FIL 1001 Introduction to Understanding Film (M) (3)
HUM 1020 Introduction to Humanities (D) (3)
HUM 2250 Humanities in the 20th Century (D) (3)
HUM 2511 Humanities: Art and Music (D) (3)
MUH 2011 Music Appreciation (3)
PGY 1000 History of Photography (3)
Cluster C - Philosophy
PHI 2010 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
PHI 2600 Introduction to Ethics (3)
PHM 2300 Political Philosophy (3)
Cluster E - Creative
CRW 1001 Creative Writing I (3)
CRW 1002 Creative Writing II (3)
CRW 1300 Beginning Poetry Writing (3)
CRW 2100 Beginning Fiction Writing (3)
CRW 2302 Intermediate Poetry Writing (3)
Mathematics (6 credits required)
A grade of "C" or higher is required in order to satisfy Gordon Rule requirements.
MAC 1105 College
MAC 1114 Trigonometry (3)
MAC 2311 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (4)
MAC 2312 Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (4)
MAC 2313 Calculus and Analytic Geometry III (4)
MGF 1106 Math for Liberal Arts I (3)
STA 2023 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
Area III: Natural Science (6 credits required)
Choose one course from each cluster.
Cluster A - Biological
BSC 1005 Survey of Biological Science (3)
BSC 1010 Principles of Biology I (3)
BSC 1010L Principles of Biology I Lab (1)
BSC 1011 Principles of Biology II (3)
BSC 1011L Principles of Biology II Lab (1)
BSC 1020 Human Body (3)
BSC 1085 Anatomy & Physiology I (3)
BSC 1085L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1)
BSC 1086 Anatomy and Physiology II (3)
BSC 1086L Anatomy and Physiology II Lab (1)
BSC 2420 Genetic Engineering and Cloning (3)
MCB 2010 Microbiology (3)
MCB 2010L Microbiology Lab (1)
OCB 1000 Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
PCB 2030 Environmental Biology (3)
PSB 2000 Brain and Mind (3)
Cluster B - Physical Sciences
AST 1002 Astronomy (3)
AST 2004 Stardust, Constellations and Einstein’s TOE (3)
CHM 1045 General Chemistry I (3)
CHM 1045L General Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHM 1046 General Chemistry II (3)
CHM 1046L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
CHM 2210 Oragnic Chemistry I (3)
CHM 2210L Oragnic Chemistry I Lab (1)
CHM 2211 Oragnic Chemistry II (3)
CHM 2211L Oragnic Chemistry II Lab (1)
GLY 1000 Physical Geology (3)
MET 1010 Introduction to Meteorology (3)
OCE 1001 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
PHY 1053C General Physics I (4)
PHY 1054C General Physics II (4)
PHY 2048C Engineering Physics I (5)
PHY 2049C Engineering Physics II (5)
PSC 1341 Physical Science (3)
PSC 1512 Environmental Physical Science (3)
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credits required)
Choose courses from two different clusters.
Cluster A - History
AMH 2010 History of United States to 1876 (3)
AMH 2020 History of United States 1876-1945 (3)
AMH 2030 Contemporary US History (3)
AMH 2090 Survey of American Women (3)
AMH 2091 Survey of African American History (3)
EUH 2032 European History: The Holocaust (3)
HIS 2071 Oral and Community History (3)
LAT 2020 Latin American Republics (3)
Cluster B - Anthropology/Sociology
ANT 1100 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
ANT 1159 Survey of Florida PreHistory (3)
ANT 1410 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (M) (3)
ANT 1511 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (M) (3)
ANT 2310 Native American Cultures (D) (3)
EDG 2701 Teaching Diverse Populations (D) (3)
SYG 1000 Introduction to Sociology (M) (3)
Cluster C - Economics
ECO 2013 Macroeconomics (3)
ECO 2023 Microeconomics (3)
Cluster D - Western
EUH 1000 Western Civilization I (D) (3)
EUH 1001 Western Civilization II (3)
Cluster E - Geography
GEA 1000 World Geography (M) (3)
GEA1210 Geography of US & Canada (3)
Cluster G - Psychology
DEP 2004 Human Growth and Development (3)
PSY 2012 General Psychology (D) (3)
SOP 2002 Social Psychology (3)
Area V: Computer Literacy (3 credits required)
CGS 1000C Introduction to Computer Science (3)
CGS 1010 Computer Applications in Education (3)
CGS 1100 Introduction to Computer Applications (3)
CGS 1367 Electronic Access to Information (2)
COP 1220C C Programming (3)
COP 1332 Visual Basic (4)
COP 2221 Intermediate Programming in C (3)
COP 2334C Object Oriented Programming in C++ (3)
COT 2002 Foundations of Computer Science (4)
LIS 2004 Introduction to Internet Research (1)
Area VI: Oral Communication (3 credits required)
SPC 1040 Introduction to Speech Communication (3)
Area VII: Electives (24 credits required)
This requirement may be met by selecting courses listed in the course description section of catalog. Do not choose courses that are not ordinarily counted in the AA degree. It is recommended that students select electives appropriate to their intended major.