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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-10.024 (3a) 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 eight college semester credits of the same foreign language, or in American Sign at the level of ASL 2140 or above. Foreign and sign language courses satisfy elective credits toward the AA degree.

Gordon Rule
In accordance with Florida Department of Education Administrative Rule Number 6A-10.030, 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 required to complete college preparatory course work.

General Education Core

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

Communications (English)

9 (Credits)

Mathematics

6

Sciences (Biological & Physical)

6

Humanities, Cultural & Aesthetic

3

Behavioral & Social Sciences

3

Health & Wellness

3

Political, Economic & Business

3

Historical & Global

3

TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION

36 credits

Associate of Arts (AA) Electives

The remaining 24 credit hours are electives.  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, etc. However, it is recommended that students know the requirements of the senior university they plan to attend and that they work with their faculty advisor or an academic advisor to select electives to fulfill the prerequisites for their major.

TOTAL ELECTIVE CREDITS

24 credits

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS FOR THE AA DEGREE

60 credits

GENERAL EDUCATION CORE COURSE SELECTION LISTINGS
36 Total Hours Required
Credit hours for each class are listed in parentheses after the course title. Those courses marked with an * are Gordon Rule courses.

All General Education Core courses require a grade of "C" or better.

COMMUNICATIONS CORE (English)
Nine credit hours required - College preparatory courses (which do not fulfill core requirements) may be required.
* ENC 1101 Introduction to Composition (3) (Required)
* ENC 1102 Writing with Research (3) (Required) 
SPC 2608 Oral Communications/Research/Presentation Skills (3) OR
* RTV 2300 Broadcast Research/Newswriting/Presentation Skills (3)

MATHEMATICS CORE
Six credit hours required - College preparatory or prerequisite courses which do not fulfill core requirements may be required.
* MAC 1105 College Algebra (3)
* MAC 1114 College Trigonometry (3)
* MAC 1140 Pre-Calculus Algebra (3)
* MAC 2233 Calculus for Business and Nonphysical Sciences I (3)
* MAC 2311/2311L Calculus I and Lab (4)
* MAC 2312/2312L Calculus II and Lab (4)
* MAC 2313/2313L Calculus III and Lab (4)
* MAP 2302/ 2302L Differential Equations and Lab (3)
* MGF 2106 Survey in Mathematics (3)
* MGF 2107 Mathematics for Liberal Arts (3)
* STA 2023 Elementary Statistics (3)

SCIENCES CORE
Six credit hours required: three credits from biological sciences and three credits from physical sciences. ALL science courses require ENC 1101 as a prerequisite.

Biological Sciences
BOT 1010/1010L General Botany and Lab (4)
BSC 1005 Survey of Biological Science (For Non-Science Majors) (3)
BSC 1010/1010L General Biology I (For Science Majors) and Lab (4)
BSC 1020 Human Biology (3)
BSC 2930 Biological Themes in Film (3)
OCB 2000/2000L Introduction to Marine Biology and Lab (4)
or both
BSC 1085/1085L Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Lab (4)
and
BSC 1086/1086L Human Anatomy & Physiology II and Lab (4)
Students who choose the BSC 1085/1086 option to fulfill the biological science core requirements can use remaining credits to fulfill elective hours as appropriate. Both courses must be successfully completed to satisfy the biological sciences core requirements.

BSC 1010/1010L requires MAT 1033 or higher as a prerequisite.

Physical Sciences
All of the following courses require MAT 1033 or higher as a prerequisite or corequisite.
AST 1002 Astronomy (3)
CHM 1025/1025L Introduction to Chemistry (4)
CHM 1045/1045L General College Chemistry I and Lab (4)
GLY 2010/2010L Physical Geology and Lab (4)
MET 2010 Meteorology (3)
OCE 1001 Introduction to Oceanography (3)
PHY 1020 Energy and its Environment (3)
PHY 1053/1053L General Physics I and Lab (4)
PHY 2048/2048L Physics with Calculus I and Lab (5)
PSC 1121 Physical Science (3)
Note: For those students selecting a four hour science course, three hours are applied to the general education core area and one is applied to the appropriate elective hour.

HUMANITIES, CULTURAL & AESTHETIC CORE
Three credit hours required - Choose one course. Must have at least a "C" in all courses.
The following courses require Introduction to Composition (ENC 1101) as a prerequisite.
* AML 2050 Modern American Literature (3)
* AML 2060 Contemporary American Literature (3)
* AML 2600 Introduction to African American Literature (3)
* ENL 2931 Selected Topics in Shakespeare (3)
* LIT 2040 Dramatic Literature (3)
* LIT 2110 Masterpieces of World Literature I (3)
* LIT 2120 Masterpieces of World Literature II (3)
* LIT 2380 Literature by Women (3)
* LIT 2602 Maritime Literature (3)
The following courses require Introduction to Composition (ENC 1101) as a prerequisite or corequisite.
*ARH 2050 Introduction to the History and Criticism of Art I (3)
* ARH 1000 Art Appreciation (3)
* DAN 1100 Dance Appreciation (3)
* HUM 2210 Prehistory to Medieval Humanities (3)
* HUM 2230 Renaissance to Postmodern Humanities (3)
* MUH 2110 Introduction to Music History and Literature (3)
* MUL 1010 Music Appreciation (3)
* MUL 2380 Popular Music in America (3)
* THE 1000 Dramatic Appreciation (3)

BEHAVIORAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES CORE
Three credit hours required - Choose one course. All courses require Introduction to Composition (ENC 1101) as prerequisite or corequisite. See course descriptions.
DEP 2004 Developmental Psychology (3)
PSY 1012 General Psychology (3)
* SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology (3)

HEALTH & WELLNESS CORE
Three Credit hours required - Choose one course.
HLP 1081 Fitness Assessment and Improvement (3)
HSC 2400 First Aid, Responding to Emergencies (3)
HUN 1201 Human Nutrition (3)
HUN 1270 Sports Nutrition (3)
PET 2084 Personal Health and Wellness (3)
SLS 2505 Critical Thinking (3)

POLITICAL, ECONOMIC & BUSINESS CORE
Three credit hours required - Choose one course. All courses require Introduction to Composition (ENC 1101) as prerequisite or corequisite. See course descriptions.
* CPO 2001 Comparative Government (3)
* ECO 2013 Principles of Macro Economics (3)
* ECO 2023 Principles of Micro Economics (3)
* GEB 2430 Business Ethics (3)
INR 2002 International Relations (3)
* PLA 2880 Constitutional Law (3)
POS 2001 Introduction to Political Science (3)
POS 2041 American Federal Government (3)
POS 2112 State and Local Government (3)

HISTORICAL & GLOBAL CORE
Three credit hours required - Choose one course. All courses require Introduction to Composition (ENC 1101) as prerequisite or corequisite. See course descriptions.
* AMH 2010 United States History to 1877 (3)
* AMH 2020 United States History 1865 to Present (3)
* AMH 2042 American Social History 1860 to Present (3)
* AMH 2045 American Maritime History (3)
* AHM 2059 The Vietnam War (3)
AMH 2091 Survey of African American History (3)
* EUH 2000 History of Western Civilization to 1648 (3)
* EUH 2001 History of Western Civilization 1648 to Present (3)
GEO 2000 World Geography (3)
GEO 2420 Cultural Geography (3)
* PHI 2001 Introduction to Philosophy I (3)
* PHI 2600 Introduction to Ethics (3)
* REL 2300 World Religion (3)
* WOH 2012 World History Before 1500 (3)
* WOH 2022 World History After 1500 (3)

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.

*EXCESS HOURS ADVISORY STATEMENT

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.

Last Updated: 4/9/14