Associate in Science Program Brochure | HCTC

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Contact Information:
Dell Sasser
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Revised: 4/03/2017

Associate in Science Program Brochure

The Associate in Science degree is designed for transfer to baccalaureate programs at colleges and universities. These programs ask students to take a series of courses in different disciplines (which are often termed “the basics”) that will assist them in determining future majors or areas of concentration. Hazard Community and Technical College offers those basic courses which make transfer to colleges and universities a smooth process while also assisting students in achieving an AS degree.

Students should note that certain baccalaureate programs may have specific pre-major requirements. Therefore, students will need to work closely with their academic advisors in developing their academic plans and determining the courses they will be taking.

Majors or Career Fields with an Associate in Science Degree

Using the courses from Hazard Community and Technical College, students can then go on to major in areas as diverse as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Forensic Science, Medicine, Dentistry, Wildlife Management and Forestry, Pharmacy, Astronomy, Anthropology, and Mathematics. This listing represents only a few of the possibilities that exist when students transfer their HCTC course work to colleges and universities. Students will discover that their efforts and success in receiving an AS degree will serve them well upon their move to other colleges and universities.

Transfer and How It Works

Students with defined professional/career goals requiring a bachelor’s degree may begin their education at Hazard Community and Technical College and then transfer to any public university in the state. The General Education Transfer policy guarantees that if you complete an associate in science degree at HCTC, any Kentucky public university will accept your general education credits as meeting lower-division general education requirements.
For additional information on transferring to Kentucky schools, visit the website KnowHow2Transfer.org

ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE (AS)
CURRICULUM AND OTHER INFORMATION GENERAL EDUCATION CORE REQUIREMENTS

Oral Communications ...............................3 credit hours

Written Communications..........................6 credit hours

Students who complete ENG 105 must take an additional 3 credit hours of General Education from any of the General Education categories.

Oral Communications ...............................3 credit hours

Arts and Humanities .................................6 credit hours

One course must be selected from Humanities and one course from Heritage.

Quantitative Reasoning ............................6 credit hours

Natural Sciences........................................6 credit hours

One science course must include a lab experience.

Social and Behavioral Sciences .................6 credit hours

Two disciplines must be represented and be different from those in the Arts and Humanities category.

Subtotal General Education Core............33 credit hours
Associate in Science Requirements ........12 credit hours

Select courses from headings in the Core Categories and/or Foreign Language. At least 6 credit hours must be selected from Quantitative Reasoning and/or Natural Sciences. 

Students are advised to choose hours to satisfy pre-major requirements at the institution to which they are transferring.

Electives ..........................................................15 credit hours

Students are advised to choose hours to satisfy pre-major requirements at the institution to which they are transferring.

Total Credit Hours...........................................60 credit hours 

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours
  • Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at the institution awarding the degree
  • Cultural studies course
  • Demonstration of computer/digital literacy

Courses chosen to satisfy General Education requirements must be selected from an approved list which may be found in the KCTCS catalog at http:// legacy.kctcs.edu/catalog/. A course used to fulfill one category cannot be used to fulfill another category. 

Transitional courses (courses numbered 001-099) cannot be used to satisfy graduation requirements.