Sep 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog 
    
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About our Degrees



General Information

Anne Arundel Community College offers programs that lead to an associate degree (A.A., A.S., A.A.T., A.S.E., or A.A.S.) or certificate and areas of study that lead to a letter of recognition. Students may enter a major designed to transfer to a four-year institution, or one that prepares for immediate entry into, or upgrading in, a career. Requirements for each major or program, as stated in this catalog, may be altered only by petition to the college. For assistance, contact an academic advisor.

The State of Maryland mandates that every associate degree program contain general education requirements designed to introduce students to the fundamental knowledge, skills and values that are essential to the study of academic disciplines, to encourage the pursuit of lifelong learning and to foster the development of educated members of the community and the world. AACC defines general education to be that body of knowledge which enables the student to:

  • master essential competencies in communication and computation;
  • demonstrate research, interpretive and analytical skills;
  • understand the nature and relationship among the arts, sciences and technology;
  • develop ethical and cultural awareness;
  • gain a community and global perspective;
  • continue the process of self-knowledge and personal development, both intellectual and physical; and
  • pursue learning throughout life.

Associate Degrees

Transfer Programs

  • The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree recognizes mastery in the liberal arts and in the fine arts.
  • The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree recognizes mastery in science or technology.
  • The Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) degree is designed for transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a baccalaureate degree and teacher certification.
  • The Associate of Science in Engineering (A.S.E.) degree is designed for transfer to a four-year institution to obtain a baccalaureate degree in engineering.

Associate degree programs consist of general education courses, area specific courses and electives. To qualify for an associate degree, students must complete the minimum number of credit hours required in their major and earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.

To assure that associate degree students meet the general education requirements defined by the State of Maryland, each associate degree program includes a distribution of general education credits. Courses which meet general education requirements must be approved general education courses. A complete list of approved general education courses can be found in the General Education and Diversity, Technology and Wellness Requirements  section of this catalog.

The following general education requirements are incorporated into all A.A., A.A.T., A.S. and A.S.E. degree areas of study.

  1. A minimum of 30 general education credits distributed within the following categories.
    • Arts and humanities
      Two arts and humanities general education courses. These courses must be from two different disciplines.
    • Biological and physical sciences
      Two biological and physical sciences general education courses; at least one of these must be a laboratory science course.
    • English composition 
      ENG 101 - Academic Writing and Research 1  or  ENG 101A - Academic Writing and Research 1  and
      ENG 102 - Academic Writing and Research 2  
      For specific degrees, ENG 101  /ENG 101A  is sufficient to meet the English composition requirement.  See individual degree requirements for English course(s) needed for each degree.
    • Mathematics
      One mathematics general education course.
    • Social and behavioral sciences
      Two social and behavioral sciences general education courses. These courses must be from two different disciplines.
    • Additional general education course(s) such as wellness, technology or other as needed (i.e., if listed as requirement in the degree’s general education course requirements).
  2. Diversity Requirement - In order to develop social and civic responsibility and to gain a community and global perspective - two of the eight college competencies - students in associate degree areas of study at Anne Arundel Community College must satisfy the diversity requirement as part of their general education core of studies. Associate degree students may fulfill the diversity requirement in one of four ways:
  3. Technology Requirement.  Associate degree students may fulfill the technology requirement in one of four ways:
  4. Wellness Requirement. Associate degree students may fulfill the wellness requirement in one of four ways:

Note: Associate degree students may enroll in an Explore program (A degree designed to allow students to become familiar with options within a given field of interest). In this degree, students complete courses common to a particular field of interest, and may take an explore course that provides more in-depth exposure to a particular major in that field.  Once students have earned 20 credits in an Explore program, they will be required to meet with an advisor prior to registration.

Career Programs

  • The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is designed primarily for immediate employment and is identified with a specialty designation, e.g., computer technology, engineering technology, etc.

In the Majors & Programs  list, career programs are designated as Associate of Applied Science degree or Certificate or Letter of Recognition areas of study. Career programs are for students who intend to seek employment upon graduation. Associate of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) programs include specific career courses leading to employment in a specific occupation, in addition to general education courses that provide the basis for a well-rounded college education. Certificate programs, usually about 30 credits, are designed for those who wish to develop or upgrade their job skills. Nearly all courses in the certificate programs relate to the skills required by the career field. Letters of recognition are awarded to students who complete a shorter prescribed sequence of courses required for employment enhancement in a specific employment area.

While the primary objective of career programs is job entry, a growing number of graduates in career areas of study are transferring courses to specialized bachelor degree programs at bachelor’s degree-granting institutions.

The following general education requirements are incorporated into all A.A.S. degree programs.

  1. A minimum of 20 general education credits distributed within the following categories. 
    • Arts and humanities
      One arts and humanities general education course.
    • Biological and physical sciences
      One biological and physical sciences general education course.
    • English composition 
      ENG 101 - Academic Writing and Research 1  or  ENG 101A - Academic Writing and Research 1   and
      ENG 102 - Academic Writing and Research 2  
      For specific degrees, ENG 101  /ENG 101A  is sufficient to meet the English composition requirement.  See individual degree requirements for English course(s) needed for each degree.
    • Mathematics
      One mathematics general education course.
    • Social and behavioral sciences
      One social and behavioral sciences general education course.
    • Additional general education course(s) such as wellness, technology or other as needed (i.e., if listed as requirement in the degree’s general education course requirements).
  2. Diversity Requirement - In order to develop social and civic responsibility and to gain a community and global perspective - two of the eight college competencies, students in associate degree programs at Anne Arundel Community College must satisfy the diversity requirement as part of their general education core of studies. Associate degree students may fulfill the diversity requirement in one of four ways:
  3. Technology Requirement.  Associate degree students may fulfill the technology requirement in one of four ways:
  4. Wellness Requirement. Associate degree students may fulfill the wellness requirement in one of four ways:

Every associate degree program includes the general education credit hours required by the State of Maryland. Students should consult the individual degree requirements to see how general education requirements are met in that major.

Note: It is extremely important for transfer students to consult with an academic advisor when choosing general education courses. Each transfer institution has slightly different requirements. If students know their transfer institution, an advisor can help them select courses that will fulfill its requirements. When students are unsure of a specific transfer institution, an advisor can help them choose courses that are most widely transferable.

Certificates

The college offers certificate programs for those who wish to gain a credential for acquired knowledge, skills and abilities focused in specific discipline areas. Most certificate programs are designed to assist students with goals for upgrading skills for immediate application in employment. Many certificates are designed as units within associate degree programs (see elsewhere on this page) and can be acquired in the process of seeking an associate’s degree. Certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credits (at least 50 percent of the total credit hours in the program must be earned at AACC) or more and demonstrated English eligibility (see certificate graduation requirements). Descriptions of certificates are found in Majors & Programs , including those integrated within an associate degree program.

Professional Certificate

Professional certification in Physician Assistant is available and has an entry requirement of a completed bachelor’s degree program. See Physician Assistant Studies, Professional Certificate  for qualifications and certificate requirements.

Letters of Recognition

Credit Letters of Recognition are awarded to students who complete fewer than 12 credits in a prescribed sequence of courses focused on acquisition of specific skill sets or of concepts within a specified context. Letters of Recognition often are part of certificate programs and, in turn, of associate degree programs. See Majors & Programs  for all Letters of Recognition, including those integrated within a certificate and an associate degree. These Letters of Recognition primarily address career and professional development needs.