Associate in Science

Program Description

At Craven Community College, areas of study under the Associate in Science (AS) degree span a wide range of academic interests. Typically, these areas include specific studies in mathematics, engineering and natural and physical sciences. Students should meet regularly with an advisor to determine the best course of study for their particular area of interest.

For degree completion, students are required to successfully complete 45 semester hour credits (SHC) of General Education courses. These General Education areas include: English, fine arts/humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics and represent the General Education Core of the AS.

In accordance with the revised Curriculum Articulation Agreement of 2014, The Associate in Science is composed of 34 hours of Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) courses, 13 hours of additional general education courses and 15 hours of elective credit. Craven Community College has identified literature, history, health/physical education and ACA as required courses within the Associate in Science degree.

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.

Before initiating study for an A.S. degree, a student must have achieved a mathematical proficiency which includes intermediate level algebra. At Craven Community College, this means that a student must have tested beyond Intermediate Algebra (MAT 080). If this is not the case the student must speak with an advisor in order to choose the proper preparatory courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to collect, interpret, and formulate conclusions from data.
  • Write and/or speak with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness.
  • Analyze, and interpret the role of fine arts in society and culture.
  • Demonstrate how historical, philosophical, cultural, global, and/or socioeconomic factors affect human interactions and behaviors.

Career Opportunities

Professional degrees or working in private sector firms in the various fields. Research and development or laboratory opportunities in private and public sector. Positions in education on primary or secondary level. Excellent background for other fields requiring mathematics/science proficiency, including:

  • Biology
  • Pre-professional training for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, etc.
  • Environmental sciences
  • Teaching or research
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Transfer Opportunities

Craven Community College has special relationships with upper-level colleges and universities for transfer.

These transfer institutions include:

  • four-year institutions in the University of North Carolina System
  • private North Carolina four-year institutions.

To provide for a smooth transfer, students should consult with both an academic advisor and the potential transfer institution for academic course selection and guidance as soon as possible.

Contact Information

Associate Dean, Liberal Arts and University Transfer – Math, Science, and Social Studies

Associate Vice President for Instruction

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