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Associate in Science

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The Associate in Science degree is designed for the student planning to transfer to a four-year program and for the student who wishes to broaden general knowledge.

The degree stresses mathematics and natural and physical sciences and is designed to prepare students for four-year baccalaureate majors in those fields as well as engineering, pre-med, veterinary medicine, and chiropractic.

Program Location: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens County, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda

Schedule Options: Day, Evening, Online.

Contact Information: Evelyn Beck

 

Required Courses

Additional Program Information

 

Course Type* Minimum Credit Hours
Communication and/or Literature 9.0
Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning 6.0
Social/Behavioral Science 6.0
Humanities/Fine Arts 6.0
Lab Science 8.0
Concentration/Required Core Electives 15.0
Unrestricted Electives 10.0
Total Credit Hours: 60.0
See Arts and Science Courses for a full listing of approved courses, concentrations/required core electives, and recommended electives.
   
Day Program  
FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition (Required) 3.0
MAT 110 College Algebra 3.0
  Elective 3.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement 3.0
  Social/Behavioral Science Requirement 3.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
ENG 102 English Composition II (Required) 3.0
  Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning Requirement 3.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement 3.0
  Social/Behavioral Science Requirement 3.0
  Lab Science Requirement 4.0
   
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
  Communication/Literature Requirement 3.0
  Lab Science Requirement 4.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement 3.0
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
   
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
  Elective 4.0
  Concentration Requirement 4.0
  Concentration Requirement 4.0
  Concentration Requirement 4.0
Total Credit Hours: 60.0
     
Evening Program  
FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I (Required) 3.0
  Elective 3.0
  Social/Behavioral Science Requirement 3.0
     
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
ENG 102 English Composition II (Required) 3.0
MAT 110 College Algebra 3.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement 3.0
     
SUMMER TERM  
  Communications/Literature Requirement 3.0
  Lab Science Requirement 4.0
  Social/Behavioral Science Requirement 3.0
     
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
  Mathematics/Analytical Reasoning Requirement 3.0
  Lab Science Requirement 4.0
  Humanities/Fine Arts Requirement 3.0
     
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
  Elective 3.0
  Concentration Requirement 4.0
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
     
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
  Elective 4.0
  Concentration Requirement 3.0
  Elective 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 60.0
     
 

Updated 4/18/2012

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – An Associate in Science (AS) Degree provides students a foundation in the liberal arts and is designed to transfer into a variety of Baccalaureate programs at a four-year institution.

Program Student Learning Outcomes: (General Education Student Learning Outcomes)

1. Communicate effectively.*

A. Read with Comprehension

B. Write with standard English

2. Apply mathematical skills appropriate to an occupation.*

A. Apply mathematical skills to solve problems

B. Perform computational skills

C. Read and interpret and draw conclusions.

3. Employ effective processes for resolving and making decisions.

A. Integrate information to solve problems.

B. Summarize information and draw conclusions.

4. Demonstrate the basic computer skills necessary to function in a technological world.

A. Located and retrieve information in digital environments.

B. Adapt, apply, and construct information in electronic environments (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) 

 

Advisement Information

  • Students and advisors are encouraged to review the Transfer Guides.  These guides give institution specific information about courses required for individual majors, bridge programs, articulation agreements, etc.  The Requirements for Individual Majors link will outline courses a student can take to complete the Associate degree that will also fit into the program of student for the Bachelor degree. 

  • With an AS degree, graduates can transfer directly to any state-supported four-year institution in SC. Overall, credits from PTC are accepted at more than 23 institutions in SC and surrounding states. The final decision as to the transferability of courses will be made by the senior institution at the time of transfer. For protection, the student should visit the senior institution and secure approval of all courses.

  • Students planning transfer to USC, the College of Charleston, Lander University, Newberry College, USC Aiken or Erskine College with an Associate in Science degree can join the appropriate Bridge program to secure benefits that vary by institution. To enroll in a Bridge program, contact Evelyn Beck.

  • The generic model below is for students seeking 60 hours of transfer credit. Courses may be substituted according to majors and college to which student is transferring but should come from the approved list of courses. Refer to the state-approved Transfer Blocks to select courses that meet degree requirements when the student has a general idea of his/her major.

  • If student is not ready to take college-level courses, enroll in college preparatory and transitional coursework. 

  • Depending on senior institution, transfer credit of sciences may require completion of a series and may require enrollment in a face-to-face lab (not online).

  • The appropriate math track is highly dependent on where a student plans to transfer and the intended major at the four-year college.
  • Every student must take ENG 101 and ENG 102. Students transferring to Clemson need to complete ENG 101 and 102 to gain transfer credit for ENG 103 that is now required of all CU graduates.

  • Additional costs may include, but are not limited to, graphing calculator, scantron sheets and folders for papers.

  • Note to enrollment advisors: please send AA/AS academic advisor electronic notification of student's enrollment.

Advisement Information updated 6/17/2013