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Program Overview

Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.)

The A.A. degree is a customizable 60-credit hour, two-year degree that can be obtained traditionally and/or online for your convenience and guarantees your admission into one of Florida’s public universities. 

While pursuing your Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree at FGC you’ll choose an area of focus centered around your educational goals. The A.A. program provides all the general education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree and provides an opportunity to take electives that will support your intended major.

Review our AA areas of focus and guided pathway resources page. You will find a detailed plan for your courses and other requirements each semester that prepare you for graduation and your transfer goals.

Locations

Florida Gateway College (Campus and/or Online)

Testing Entrance Requirements

Students must demonstrate competence in reading, math, or language through placement examination or by passing the appropriate reading, math or language courses, if not exempt by state board of education rule 6A-10.0315

Hours

Programs may be completed online or through a mixture of face-to-face and online classes.

Costs

  • Tuition:  $6,199.20
  • Books/Supplies/Lab fees:  $2,978.99
  • Total:  $9,178.19

Program Details

Program Notes
  • Can start at any time
  • Flexible scheduling: daytime, evening, online, hybrid, and minimester options for many courses
  • Instructional technology (i.e. sympodiums, projectors) in all classrooms
  • Cadavers used in all A&P labs
  • Anatamoge-virtual dissection
Program Guide & Syllabi

This program requires 60 credit hours.

A student wishing to transfer to an upper-division university should be enrolled in courses leading to the Associate in Arts degree (A.A.). The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is the freshman and sophomore years of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Florida Gateway College offers a wide range of preprofessional courses designed to prepare students to transfer to upper-division universities.


General Education – 36 credits

 It is highly recommended that students verify that a course is designated as General Education if choosing a prefix shown below without a specific course number. Courses designated with “GE” and the specific General Education Area in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog are acceptable General Education Courses for that area

1. Communications ‑ 9 college credits

Learning Outcome: Communications & Critical Thinking

Statewide Learning Outcome:

  • Students will demonstrate the abililty to communicate effectively.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze communication critically.

Courses:

  •  English (6,000 words):
    • ENC 1101 – Freshman Composition I 3 credits

and one course from:

  • Communications Group 2 (6,000 words):
    • ENC 1102 – Freshman Composition II 3 credits
    • CRW 2001 – Creative Writing 3 credits
    • Any General Education AML, ENL, or LIT prefixed course (except LIT 2000 or transfer course LIT x000) 3 credits

and one course from:

  • Communications Group 3 (3,500 words):
    • SPC 2608 – Public Speaking 3 credits
    • Any General Education SPC or ORI prefixed course 3 credits

2. Mathematics ‑ 6 college credits

Learning Outcome: Quantitative Reasoning & Critical Thinking

 Statewide Learning Outcome: 

  • Students will determine appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem-solving, and demonstrate an understanding of mathematical concepts.
  • Students will apply appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem-solving.

Your first course toward the general education requirement in mathematics depends on your meta-major. Please refer to the list of meta-majors to determine your placement.

  • For Business: MAC 1105 – College Algebra (or higher), or STA 2023 – Elementary Statistics
  • For Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics: MAC 1105 – College Algebra (or higher).
  • For all other meta-major academic pathways (Arts; Humanities; Communication and Design; Education; Health Sciences; Industry/Manufacturing and Construction; Public Safety; or Social and Behavioral Sciences and Human Services): MAC 1105 – College Algebra or higher, MGF 1106 – Mathematics for Liberal Arts I, MGF 1107 – Mathematics for Liberal Arts II or STA 2023 – Elementary Statistics.

One course from:

  •  Any General Education mathematics course for your meta-major as listed above (3 credits)

and one course from:

  • Any General Education mathematics course (3 credits)

3. Science ‑ 6 college credits

Learning Outcome: Scientific Reasoning & Critical Thinking

 Statewide Learning Outcome:  

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to critically examine and evaluate scientific observation, hypothesis, or model construction, and the use of scientific method to explain the natural world.
  • Students will successfully recognize and comprehend fundamental concepts, principles, and processes about the natural world.

Courses:

Note: At least one course must have a lab component. Science credit may exceed 6 credit hours. If a student achieves more than 6 credit hours in science from the approved list, credit hour overage will count as elective credit.

Complete Option 1 or Option 2

  • Option 1:
    • One course from:
      • BSC 1005 – Biological Principles for NonMajors 3 credits
      • BSC 2010C – General Biology I with Lab 4 credits, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
      • BSC 2085 – Anatomy and Physiology I 3 credits
    • One course from:
      • AST 1002C – Astronomy 4 credits, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
      • ESC X000 – Intro to Earth Science (not offered at FGC) 3 credits
      • EVR 1001 – Introduction to Environmental Science 3 credits
      • PSC 1341 – Physical Science 3 credits
      • Any General Education CHM, GLY, or PHY prefixed course 3 credits
  • Option 2
    • One course from:
      • AST 1002C – Astronomy 4 credits, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
      • CHM X020 – Chemistry for Liberal Studies (not offered at FGC) 3 credits
      • CHM 2045 – General Chemistry I 3 credits
      • PHY 1020 – Essentials of Physics 3 credits
      • PHY 2053C – General Physics I 4 credits, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
      • PHY 2048C – General Physics with Calculus I 5 credits, 4 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
      • ESC X000 – Intro to Earth Science (not offered at FGC) 3 credits
      • EVR 1001 – Introduction to Environmental Science 3 credits
    • One course from:
      • BOT 2010C – Botany I 4 credits, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
      • MCB 2010 – Microbiology 3 credits
      • ZOO 2010C – General Zoology 4 credits, 3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab
      • Any General Education BSC prefixed course (BSC 2910 is not a General Education course) 3 credits

4. Social Science ‑ 9 college credits

Learning Outcome: Information Literacy & Critical Thinking

 Statewide Learning Outcome: 

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to examine behavioral, social, and cultural issues from a variety of points of view. 
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic social and behavioral science concepts and principles used in the analysis of behavioral, social, and cultural issues, past and present, local and global.

Courses:

  • SLS 1501 – The College Experience 3 credits.

Complete Option 1 or Option 2.

  • Option 1
    • One course from:
      • Social Science Group 2 (3,500 words):
        • PSY 2012 – General Psychology I 3 credits
        • ECO 2013 – Macroeconomics 3 credits
        • SYG 1000 – Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
    • One course from:
      • Social Science Group 1 (3,500 words):
        • AMH 2010 – United States History to 1865 3 credits
        • AMH 2020 – United States History from 1865 3 credits
        • EUH 2000 – Western Civilizations 1 3 credits
        • EUH 2001 – Western Civilizations II 3 credits
        • POS 1041 – American Government 3 credits
        • Any General Education ANT or WOH prefixed course 3 credits
        • ANT X000 – Intro to Anthropology (not offered at FGC) 3 credits
  • Option 2
    • One course from:
      • Social Science Group 1 (3,500 words):
        • POS 1041 – American Government 3 credits
        • AMH 2020 – United States History from 1865 3 credits
        • ANT X000 – Intro to Anthropology (not offered at FGC) 3 credits
    • One course from:
      • Social Science Group 2 (3,500 words):
        • PSY 2012 – General Psychology I 3 credits
        • SYG 1000 – Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
        • SYG 2300 – Introduction to Social Psychology 3 credits
        • Any General Education DEP or ECO prefixed course 3 credits

5. Humanities ‑ 6 college credits

Learning Outcome: Cultural Awareness & Critical Thinking

 Statewide Learning Outcome: 

  • Students will demonstrate interpretive abillity and cultural literacy.
  • Students will demonstrate competency in reflecting critically upon the human condition.

Complete Option 1 or Option 2

  • Option 1
    • One course from:
      • Humanities Group 1 (3,500 words):
        • ARH 1000 – Art Appreciation and Introduction to Visual Arts 3 credits
        • HUM 2020 – Introduction to Humanities 3 credits
        • MUL 1010 – Music Appreciation 3 credits
        • THE 2000 – Theatre Appreciation 3 credits
    • One course from:
      • Humanities Group 2 (3,500 words):
        • HUM 2551 – Philosophy and Religion 3 credits
        • Any General Education PHI or REL prefixed course. (PHI 2910 is not a General Education course.)
        • LIT 2000 – Introduction to Literature 3 credits
  • Option 2
    • One course from:
      • Humanities Group 2 (3,500 words):
        • PHI 2010 – Introduction to Philosophy 3 credits
        • LIT 2000 – Introduction to Literature 3 credits
    • One course from:
      • Humanities Group 1 (3,500 words):
        • MUL 1010 – Music Appreciation 3 credits
        • THE 2000 – Theatre Appreciation 3 credits
        • Any General Education HUM or MUH prefixed course except HUM 2551.

A course may satisfy only one area of General Education requirements.

Total General Education Credits Required – 36 semester hours


Electives ‑ 24 semester hours

Complete 24 credit hours of courses designated as AA transferable. Electives are prerequisites, background, or specialization courses required for junior and senior year work. These must be individually determined based upon the student’s transfer goals, transfer institution, etc. It is highly recommended that you contact your academic advisor and Advising Services to get needed information specific to your educational goals. Any General Education credit hours in excess of 36 will be applied as elective credit. Courses designated with an “AATR” in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog are acceptable A.A. elective credits.

GR indicates a Gordon Rule course which has specific writing or math requirements (see Gordon Rule).

General Education Core Course Requirement

Complete at least one core course from each of the general education subject areas of communication, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences. General Education core course options are identified in Rule 6A-14.0303.

Foreign Language Requirement

Completion of a post-secondary course at the elementary 2-level (meaning the second course in a foreign language sequence) in one foreign language or American Sign Language (ASL) or two credits of the same foreign language in high school, or passing scores on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for the elementary 2 level course. A detailed high school transcript showing two earned credits in the same foreign language must be on file in the Office of Enrollment Services. Contact the Office of Enrollment Services to request a review of your high school foreign language credit. FGC offers the following foreign language courses:

  • ASL 1140 – American Sign Language I 4 credits
  • ASL 1150 – American Sign Language II 4 credits
  • SPN 1120 – Elementary Spanish I 4 credits – 3 lecture hours, 1 lab hour
  • SPN 1121 – Elementary Spanish II 4 credits – 3 lecture hours, 1 lab hour

Computer Competency Requirement

Students in the Associate in Arts degree are required to demonstrate computer competency by passing SLS 1501 with a grade of “C” or higher or satisfactory completion of a college-wide computer competency test.


Associate in Arts A.A. Total 60 Credit Hours

General Education Requirements

The general education requirements for associate degrees at Florida Gateway College are consistent with the College philosophy which states that each student who attends the College shall be assisted in acquiring learning as a lifelong pattern. Specifically, students in career-oriented areas should be able to communicate, to calculate, and to understand the social and scientific implications of the world around them. Students seeking transfer to a baccalaureate program should complete a general education requirement that is broad in scope and requires an in-depth level of inquiry.

The College recognizes that student learning goals may change during a lifetime; therefore, the general education requirement for all degrees is collegiate in nature and, as such, should provide an academic foundation for lifelong learning. It is designed to meet students at their levels of ability and assist them in attaining collegiate levels of performance. Not all students come to the College prepared for this level of endeavor. Developmental education courses, therefore, are provided to assist the student in gaining the requisite skills necessary to be successful in a work or collegiate setting.

Students in the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree are required to demonstrate computer competency with the completion of the computer competency course within Canvas during the first semester and prior to registering for the second semester.

Florida Gateway College requires students in all associate degree programs to demonstrate oral communication competency. Competency is defined as the ability to perceive, interpret, evaluate, organize, and demonstrate effective oral presentation. Students who were admitted for first time registration for the summer of 2001 and after (or students who have not been enrolled for at least one semester for every year of enrollment), are required to prove competency by passing one of the following courses before graduation: ORI 2000 Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation, SPC 1017 Oral Communications, SPC 1061 Introduction to Academic and Professional Speaking, or SPC 2608 Public Speaking.

Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2014-2015 and thereafter, (including former dual enrollment students entering college for the first time following high school graduation in fall 2014 or thereafter), coursework for an Associate in Arts degree shall include a demonstration of competency in a foreign language pursuant to s.1007.262, Florida Statutes.

In accordance with Rule 6A-14.0303, beginning fall 2015, first-time-in-college students (including former dual enrollment students entering college for the first time following high school graduation in fall 2015 or thereafter) entering a Florida College System institution must complete at least one core course from each of the general education subject areas prior to the award of an Associate in Arts degree.

Learning Outcomes

Listed below are the FGC General Learning Outcomes to be mastered by all students who complete an Associates degree program.

  1. Communication
    Students will effectively communicate through oral or written skills.
  2. Critical Thinking
    Students will logically evaluate, analyze, and synthesize information.
  3. Quantitative Reasoning
    Students will apply mathematical concepts and reasoning to draw valid conclusions.
  4. Scientific Reasoning
    Students will apply empirical evidence to evaluate natural phenomena.
  5. Information Literacy
    Students will locate, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically.
  6. Cultural Awareness
    Students will explain cultural characteristics, differences, and interconnections.

General Information

A student wishing to transfer to an upper-division university should be enrolled in courses leading to the Associate in Arts degree (A.A.). The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is the freshman and sophomore years of a four-year bachelor’s degree. Florida Gateway College offers a wide range of preprofessional courses designed to prepare students to transfer to upper-division universities.

The transfer articulation agreement between state universities in Florida and Florida College System (FCS) institutions allows each FCS institution to develop its own general education requirements and determine what electives are allowed for the granting of the Associate in Arts degree. A student who completes the general education program at an FCS institution will not be required to complete other general education requirements at the four-year university.

A student should realize that upper-division universities also set their own academic requirements for entry into specific programs. The College will make every effort to advise a student concerning upper-division requirements for each major. However, for reliable information concerning which electives to choose while in residence at Florida Gateway College, each student is encouraged to consult with the dean, department chair, advisor or registrar of the school he or she expects to attend. Students are strongly encouraged to declare a major upon first enrolling at the College, because courses selected for electives may have to be used to meet university prerequisites to degree programs.

A student who has determined a professional program of study should become thoroughly familiar with the requirements for admission into that program at the particular four-year university to which he or she plans to transfer. The following meta-major academic pathways are established for the purpose of advising Florida College System associate degree-seeking students of the gateway courses that are aligned with their intended academic and career goals.

  1. Arts, humanities, communication, and design
  2. Business
  3. Education
  4. Health sciences
  5. Industry/manufacturing and construction
  6. Public safety
  7. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  8. Social and behavioral sciences and human services
Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for the Associate in Arts degree are shown below. A student who owes an obligation to the college will not receive a diploma or transcript until the obligation is resolved.

  1. Demonstrate competence in oral communication and computer literacy by assessment or passing the appropriate courses,
  2. Complete general education requirements (36 semester hours) and elective courses (24 semester hours) to complete a minimum of 60 semester hours,
  3. Complete the college residency requirement, which is a minimum of 25 percent of credits of the program at Florida Gateway College before graduation,
  4. Demonstrate foreign language competencies. The Florida Department of Education has identified the competencies as successful completion of two credits of the same foreign language or American Sign Language in high school, the equivalent of completion of the elementary 2-level at the postsecondary level, or passing scores as determined by the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies for the elementary 2 level course, as adopted by the Board of Governors. A student whose native language is not English may demonstrate proficiency in their native language by one of the following:
     
    • Submitting proof of high school graduation from an institution where the language of instruction was in the native language.
    • Submitting proof of college attendance for at least one year in an institution where the language of instruction was in the native language.
    • Passing an FGC approved examination.

      All transcripts from foreign high schools or colleges to be considered to meet the foreign language requirement for the Associate in Arts degree must be evaluated and translated by an approved foreign credential evaluation and translation service. FGC reserves the right to validate the foreign language competency of any student prior to awarding the Associate in Arts degree through methods including, but not limited to, review of official transcripts, portfolio and performance reviews, competency testing, standardized testing, or other methods determined by FGC that are designed to assess the foreign language competencies outlined in state rules.
  5. Complete multiple writing assignments in the areas below with a grade of C or better in each course,
    • Communications
    • Humanities
    • Social Sciences
  6. Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all college credit courses,
  7. Complete at least one core course from each of the five general education subject areas. General Education core course options are identified in Rule 6A-14.0303. Institutions are not required to offer all core course options, but all core course options identified in the rule must be accepted in transfer as meeting general education requirements in the area for which the course is designated. Students may satisfy core course requirements in communication, mathematics, or natural sciences by completing a course that has a core course as a direct prerequisite, as shown below. The remaining courses and credits, in addition to the core course options, to fulfill the total 36-hour general education requirement are at the discretion of the Florida College System institution.
    • General Education Core Course Options:
      • Communication:
        • ENC 1101 (Any student who successfully completes a course with an ENC prefix for which ENC 1101 is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the communication core.)
    • Humanities:
      • ARH 1000 
      • HUM 2020 
      • LIT 2000 
      • MUL 1010 
      • PHI 2010 
      • THE 2000 
    • Mathematics:
      • MAC 1105 
      • MAC 2311 
      • MGF 1106 
      • MGF 1107
      • STA 2023 (Any student who successfully completes a mathematics course for which one of the general education core course options in mathematics is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the mathematics core.)
    • Natural Sciences:
      • AST 1002C 
      • BSC 1005 
      • BSC 2010C 
      • BSC 2085 
      • CHM X020 (not offered at FGC)
      • CHM 2045 
      • ESC X000 (not offered at FGC)
      • EVR 1001 
      • PHY 1020 
      • PHY 2048C
      • PHY 2053C (Any student who successfully completes a natural science course for which one of the general education core course options in natural science is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the natural science core.)
    • Social Sciences:
      • AMH 2020 
      • ANT X000 (not offered at FGC)
      • ECO 2013 
      • POS 1041 
      • PSY 2012 
      • SYG 1000  
  8. Prior to the award of an associate in arts or baccalaureate degree, students who have no prior college credit and initially enter a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution as a first-time-in-college student in fall 2018 or thereafter must meet the civic literacy requirement. Students who were in dual enrollment prior to fall 2018 are not required to satisfy the civic literacy requirement. Prior to the award of an associate in arts or baccalaureate degrees, students who began dual enrollment in the fall of 2018 or later are required to demonstrate civic literacy. Students who are admitted to an FCS baccalaureate degree program are not considered to be the first time in college; they are considered transfer or continuing students.
    • Civic Literacy Requirement Options:
      • (1) Successfully completing either POS 1041 – American Government or AMH 2020 – United States History from 1865 with a grade of C or higher OR
      • (2) Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:
        • AP Government and Politics: United States (Score: 3)
        • AP United States History (Score: 4)
        • CLEP: American Government (Score: 50)
  9. Satisfactorily complete the following specific requirements as listed below:
    • Communications (9 semester hours)
    • Mathematics (6 semester hours)
    • Science (6 semester hours)
    • Social Science (9 semester hours)
    • Humanities (6 semester hours)
    • Electives (24 semester hours)