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Requirements for Associate of Arts Degree

Students are required to complete 60 hours of transferable college-level credit to receive an associate of arts (AA) degree. Florida State Board of Education Administrative Rule 6A-14.0303 requires 36 semester hours of general education courses, excluding college prep courses. The remaining 24 credit hours are elective credits. Graduates must also meet the requirements of the Gordon Rule and a state-mandated foreign language requirement. Students also must meet the Daytona State College residency requirements and have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a Daytona State 2.0 GPA. (See Graduation Requirements and Procedures.)

Foreign Language Requirements
Completion of two years of the same foreign language in high school, or completion of or demonstration of proficiency in a foreign language or American Sign Language at the elementary 2 level or above (e.g. French, German, Italian, Spanish 1121 or higher or ASL2150 or higher.) Foreign and sign language courses satisfy elective credits toward the AA degree.

Gordon Rule
In accordance with Florida Department of Education Administrative Rule, ALL students are mandated to complete satisfactorily 12 semester hours of courses which include written assignments demonstrating college-level writing skills and also complete satisfactorily a minimum of six (6) semester hours of mathematics.  This rule applies to all students prior to receipt of an AA degree from a public community college or university, or prior to entry into upper division of a public university.  For the purpose of this rule, a grade of "C" or better shall be considered successful completion.

Students who do not complete all of the Gordon Rule courses within the 60 credits must complete additional courses to fulfill AA degree requirements.

Courses that satisfy the Gordon Rule are part of the General Education Core and are denoted with an  ^Gordon Rule Writing Courses consist of any course denoted as a Gordon Rule course EXCEPT those in the Mathematics Core.

Each course used to satisfy this rule and all General Education Core courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or higher.

Prior to enrollment in college-level English or math courses, some students may be advised to complete college preparatory course work.

General Education Core

The state-mandated 36 hours of general education are distributed in the following areas:


I. Communication - 9 Credits

ENC 1101^ Introduction to Composition
ENC 1102^ Writing with Research
SPC 2608 Oral Communications/Research/Presentation Skills



II. Mathematics - 6 Credits
Note: Higher-level mathematics courses also will satisfy the core requirement.
Completion of 6 credits of college-level courses in this area satisfies the Gordon Rule requirement in mathmatics.

MAC 1105 College Algebra
MAC 2311 Calculus I
MGF 2106 Survey in Mathematics
MGF 2107 Mathematics for Liberal Arts
STA 2023 Elementary Statistics


 one choice MUST come from Column I.

III. Natural Sciences - 6 Credits (Choose two)
Note: Higher-level natural science courses also will satisfy the core requirement.


Column I  Column II
 AST 1002 - Astronomy  BOT 1010 - General Biology
 BSC 1005 - Survey of Biological Science (For Non-Science Majors)  BSC 1020 - Human Biology
 BSC 1010 - General Biology (For Science Majors)  CHM 1025 - Introduction to Chemistry
 BSC 1085 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  GLY 2010 - Physical Geology
 CHM 1020 - Chemistry in Society  HUN 1201 - Human Nutrition
 CHM 1045 - General College Chemistry I  MET 2010 - Meteorology
 EVR 2001 - Introduction to Environmental Science  OCB 2000 - Introduction to Marine Biology
 PHY 1020 - Energy and Its Environmental Effects  OCE 1001 - Introduction to Oceanography
 PHY 1053 - General Physics I  PSC 1121 - Physical Science
 PHY 2048 - Physics with Calculus I  


IV. Humanities - 6 Credits (Choose two: one must be a literature course: (AML, LIT) and one must be a humanities or art course: (ARH, DAN, HUM, MUH, MUL, PHI, REL, THE).

 Note: All courses in this area satisfy the Gordon Rule writing requirement.

Column I Column II
ARH 1000 - Art Appreciation AML 2050 - Modern American Literature
HUM 2020* - Introduction to Humanities AML 2026 - Contemporary American Literature
LIT 2000 - Literature and Culture AML 2600 - Introduction to African American Literature
MUL 1010 - Music Appreciation ARH 2050 - Survey of Art History I
PHI 2010 - Introduction to Philosophy ARH 2051 - Survey of Art History II
THE 1000 - Theatre Appreciation DAN 1100 - Dance Appreciation
  HUM 2210* - Prehistory to Medieval Humanities
  HUM 2230* - Renaissance to Postmodern Humanities
  LIT 2030 - Understanding Poetry
  LIT 2040 - Dramatic Literature
  LIT 2110* - Masterpieces in World Literature I
  LIT 2120* - Masterpieces in World Literature II
  LIT 2380 - Literature by Women
  MUH 2110 - Introduction to Music History and Literature
  MUL 2380 - Popular Music in America
  REL 2300* - World Religion
  * Satisfies the Cultural/Global Focus Area

V. Social Sciences - 6 Credits (Choose two)

Note: Those courses that contribute to the Gordon Rule writing requirement are identified with a ^

Column I Column II
AMH 2020^ - United States History 1865 to Present AMH 2010^ - United States History to 1877
ANT 2000 - Introduction to Anthropology DEP 2004 - Developmental Psychology
ECO 2013^ - Principles of Macro Economics ECO 2023^ - Principles of Micro Economics
POS 2041 - American Federal Government GEB 2430^ - Ethics and Social Responsibility
PSY 1012 - General Psychology GEO 2000* - World Geography
SYG 2000^ - Introduction to Sociology INR 2002* - International Relations
  * Satisfies the Cultural/Global Focus Area


VI. Cultural/Global Focus - 3 Credits (Required Focus Area)

Note: If the Cultural/Global Focus Area is already satisfied using a course marked with an asterisk (*), then choose one more core course from any of the columns.

CPO 2001 - Comparative Government
EDF 2085 - Introduction to Diversity for Educators
EUH 2000 - History of Western Civilization to 1648
GEB 2351 - International Business
GEO 2420 - Cultural Geography
SLS 2281 - Diversity, Culture and Communication
SYG 2010 - Social Problems and Deviance


*Three (3) of the 24 credits must be SLS 1122 (Managing Your Success). This course is a graduation requirement for students in the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree.

Associate of Arts (AA) Elective Courses

Students are required to have 24 credit hours of elective credits to complete the Associate of Arts (AA) degree. Any college credit course that is not already counting toward a General Education requirement may be used to meet this requirement, except courses that have a course number that begins with a 0, for example MAT 0018, ARR 0121, CJK 0011. Courses in limited access programs are available only for students admitted to that program. (See Course Descriptions)

Florida regulations require you to take any prerequisites needed for your intended transfer school/major as part of your AA degree. Students are required to meet with an academic advisor to discuss their intended transfer school and major and be informed of the prerequisites for their intended program before they have earned 30 credit hours.

Students should know the requirements of the senior university they plan to attend and work with their Daytona State College faculty advisor or an academic advisor to select electives to fulfill the prerequisites for their major.  *Please see the Excess Hours Advisory Statement below from the Division of Florida Colleges. 

Courses transferred from other institutions are decided on an individual basis.


This Division of Florida Colleges advisory statement for incoming students is intended to ensure that all students within The Florida College System understand the importance and potential consequences of their course selections.

 Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes, establishes an “excess hour” surcharge for students seeking baccalaureate degrees at state universities. It is critical that students, including those entering Florida College System Institutions, are aware of the potential for additional course fees. For the 2012-13 academic year and thereafter, “excess hours” are defined as hours that go beyond 110% of the hours required for a baccalaureate degree program. For example, if the length of the program is 120 credit hours, the student may be subject to an excess hour surcharge for any credits attempted beyond 132 credit hours (110% X 120).

 All students whose educational plan may include earning a bachelor’s degree should make every effort to enroll in and successfully complete those courses that are required for their intended major on their first attempt. Florida College System students intending to transfer to state universities should identify a major or “transfer program” early and, by the time the student earns 30 semester hours of college credit, be advised of admission requirements for that program, including the approved common prerequisites. Course withdrawals and/or repeats, as well as enrollment in courses nonessential to the intended major, may contribute to a potential excess hours surcharge.

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Last updated: 2015-09-08T15:01:01.263Z