Associate in Arts
The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is for students who seek a general degree program which allows the freedom to explore a broad array of intellectual fields and interests while selecting from a wide variety of general education and elective course options. The program provides a broad range of educational opportunities and directly challenges students to assume responsibility for their own education goals.
The program is specifically intended to meet the requirements of students interested in transferring to one of Florida's many public colleges or universities or continuing to pursue a four-year bachelor's degree at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Students are encouraged to determine which upper-division major they plan to pursue and advised to follow the state standard for their specific degree major. Students should also plan to meet with an Advisor to assist them in selecting general education courses and the best recommended electives for their advising track in order to best compliment their selected upper-division major.
Students should be aware of the specific requirements of the Associate in Arts degree imposed by state of Florida regulations and laws and the requirements established by the Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools as well as Florida's Gordon Rule.
Per Florida State Statute 1007.23(3) at bit.ly/FS-articulation-access:
To improve articulation and reduce excess credit hours, beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution in 2013-2014 and thereafter, the articulation agreement must require each student who is seeking an associate in arts degree to indicate a baccalaureate degree program offered by an institution of interest by the time the student earns 30 semester hours. The institution in which the student is enrolled shall inform the student of the prerequisites for the baccalaureate degree program offered by an institution of interest.
A minimum grade of C or better must be achieved in all general education coursework.
First Year Experience (FYE) Requirement
First Time in College (FTIC) students with no prior credits will be required to take in the first term of enrollment at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Transfer and Dual Enrollment Students with fewer than 15-credit hours of A.A. (AP 1108) enrollment or more than 15-credit hours but less than a 2.0 GPA will be required to take in the first term of enrollment at Florida State College at Jacksonville. *Exemptions will apply to students who have successfully passed , or prior to enrollment and may apply to FTIC A.A. and transfer students who do not have electives available in their intended baccalaureate transfer major (appeal and approved IDS 1107 waiver required).
General Education Paradigm/Philosophy
General Education course selections at Florida State College at Jacksonville prepare students to become thoughtful, generative learners. Through exploring broad areas of knowledge - the human condition, the global and historical, the cultural and aesthetic, and the communicative, mathematical, scientific, and technological - students will develop the knowledge bases, and intellectual competencies, and be exposed to the values requisite for participating responsibly in, and adapting to, a complex and diverse world.
A generally educated person possesses knowledge in the following areas:
Human Awareness and Understanding
- Comprehends the dynamics of human behavior, development, and relationships
- Comprehends the dynamic relationship between culture and human awareness
- Comprehends the factors that promote physical, mental, and social well-being
Global and Historical Knowledge and Understanding
- Comprehends a general knowledge of the nature, origins, and contributions of civilizations
- Comprehends the workings and interrelations of personal, business, and government economies
- Comprehends political, social, and economic systems and their effects upon society
Cultural and Aesthetic Knowledge and Understanding
- Comprehends the contributions of the arts, humanities, and sciences of the human experience upon the individual and their world
- Comprehends the development of the arts and sciences and their impact upon the individual and their world
- Comprehends cultural systems and their effects
- Comprehends the importance of human communications and understands a variety of effective communications methods
- Comprehends the importance of effective communication
- Comprehends methods for gathering, synthesizing, and integrating information in written and oral communication
- Comprehends the connection between critical thinking and effective communication
Mathematics, Science and Technology
- Comprehends the basic concepts and investigative processes of the natural sciences
- Understands various mathematical skills and techniques, and is able to apply them appropriately to solve real world problems
- Comprehends the way science and technology shape our world
A generally educated person:
- Reads, writes, speaks, and listens effectively
- Acquires, evaluates, analyzes, presents, and communicates information
- Employs quantitative and qualitative analyses to solve problems
- Uses information technology in communication, research, and problem solving
- Organizes concepts into orderly systems
- Works collaboratively within complex systems and diverse groups
- Applies ethical judgment to everyday life
- Applies the scientific method of inquiry
A generally educated person values:
- Intellectual honesty
- Curiosity and openness to new ideas
- Recognition of one's own creative and intellectual potential
- Acceptance of differences among people and cultural diversity
- Civic engagement
- Lifelong learning
- Social justice and equality
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General Education Coursework
Credit Hours: 36
Students select general education courses from the five broad liberal arts discipline areas: communication, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social/behavioral sciences. At least one course in each of the five discipline areas shall be identified as a state core course option per Florida State Statute 1007.25(3) at bit.ly/FS-gen-ed-courses. Courses identified with an asterisk (*) are designated as state core courses, accepted as general education at all state colleges and universities. A grade of C or better is required in all general education courses.
Credit Hours: 9
Students must complete 9 credit hours in communications. Students must complete 3 credit hours from category A, 3 credit hours from category B, and 3 credit hours from category C. At least one course must come from the State Core (denoted with *). Any student who successfully completes a communications course for which one of the General Education core course options in communications (marked with an *) is an immediate prerequisite, shall be considered to have completed the Communications core. A minimum grade of C or better is required in all coursework.
Credit Hours: 6
Students must complete 6 credit hours in humanities. Students must complete 3 credit hours from category A and 3 credit hours from category A or B. Students are required to take one HUM-prefix course. At least one course must come from the State Core (denoted with *). A minimum grade of C or better is required in all coursework.
Credit Hours: 6
Students must complete 6 credit hours in mathematics. At least one course must come from the State Core (denoted with *). Any student who successfully completes a mathematics course for which one of the General Education core course options in mathematics (marked with an *) is an immediate prerequisite, shall be considered to have completed the Mathematics core. A minimum grade of C or better is required in all coursework.
IV. Natural Sciences
Credit Hours: 6-8
Students must complete 6-8 credit hours in natural sciences from category A or category B. At least one course must come from the State Core (denoted with *). Any student who successfully completes a natural sciences course for which one of the general education core course options in natural sciences (marked with an *) is an immediate prerequisite, shall be considered to have completed the Natural Sciences core. A minimum grade of C or better is required in all coursework.
Choose one 3 or 4 credit hour course from the biological sciences and one 3 or 4 credit hour course from the physical sciences and complete at least 1 credit hour of laboratory in either biological sciences or physical sciences. The laboratory credit hour can be either part of a 3 or 4 credit hour course designated with a "C" suffix, or a stand-alone, 1 credit hour course designed with an "L" suffix. At least one course must come from the State Core (denoted with an *).
Choose one of the following pairs.
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Principles of Biology
Biology and Human Biology
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
Physics With Calculus
V. Social and Behavioral Sciences
Credit Hours: 9
Students must complete 9 credit hours in social and behavioral sciences. Students should complete 3 credit hours from category A and 6 credit hours from the other categories. At least one course must come from the State Core (denoted with *). Students must demonstrate civic literacy competency by completing AMH 2020 or POS 2041 with a grade of C or better or by achieving the standard score on a state-approved assessment; see F.S. 1007.27 at bit.ly/FS-gen-ed-courses for more information. Please follow the guided notes as listed below each course. A minimum grade of C or better is required in all coursework.
Transfer Program Electives and Major Prerequisites
Credit Hours: 24
The elective course options within the Associate in Arts degree consist of any combination of college-level courses or recommended/required courses for a specific upper-division major and/or courses selected from the five core general education academic areas of general education: communication, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, and social/behavioral sciences. Students are encouraged to pay careful attention to their major field of study and to the specific requirements of the institution to which they plan to transfer.
The additional credit hours (maximum of 24) required (beyond the General Education Requirements for the associate in arts degree) may be selected from courses listed in the College catalog identified in the course descriptions with program designation for transfer (A.A. must be listed at the end of the course description). These courses should be part of a program designed for transfer to a major at an upper-level college/university. Refer to your intended transfer institution's prerequisites for your intended transfer major. Certain prerequisite courses may be required before you can transfer into a major at the junior level. Some major prerequisites may be used to meet the Florida State College at Jacksonville A.A. Electives and General Education Requirements. Students are advised to see an advisor or counselor for guidance in the selection of these courses.
In addition to addressing the field of study of an intended major at the upper-level university, students are encouraged to include in these courses from the general areas.
Foreign Language Requirement
In accordance with Florida Statute 1007.25 at bit.ly/FS-gen-ed-courses, students initially entering a Florida College System institution in 2014-2015 and thereafter who wish to obtain an Associate of Arts degree must demonstrate competency in a foreign language pursuant to guidelines set in Florida Statute 1007.262 at bit.ly/FS-foreign-language. Competency is demonstrated by foreign language proficiency (at the intermediate level) equivalent to 2-years in high school or a sequence of two college credit courses in a single foreign language.
Students may select from the below list of world language course combinations to be used toward the transfer program elective credit in foreign language. Students may use the ASL prefix course combination to satisfy the foreign language requirements of the College; however, these courses may not count toward the foreign language requirements of the intended transfer university.
American Sign Language
6A-10.030 Other Assessment Procedures for College-Level Communication and Computation Skills
- In addition to assessments that may be adopted by the State Board of Education or Board of Governors to measure student achievement in college-level communication and computation skills, other assessment requirements shall be met by successful completion of coursework in English and mathematics. For the purposes of this rule, a grade of C or higher shall be considered successful completion.
- Prior to receipt of an associate in arts degree from a Public College System Institution or University or prior to entry into the upper division of a public university or college, a student shall complete successfully the following:
- 6 semester hours of English coursework and 6 semester hours of additional coursework in which the student is required to demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple assignments. Each institution shall designate the courses that fulfill the writing requirements of this section. These course designations shall be submitted to the Statewide Course Numbering System. An institution to which a student transfers shall accept courses so designated by the sending institution as meeting the writing requirements outlined in this section.
- 6 semester hours of mathematics coursework at the level of college algebra or higher. For the purposes of this rule, applied logic, statistics and other such computation coursework which may not be placed within a mathematics department may be used to fulfill 3 hours of the 6 hours required by this section.
- Students awarded college credit in English based on their demonstration of writing skills through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate instruction pursuant to Rule 6A-10.024, F.A.C., and students awarded college credit based on their demonstration of mathematics skills at the level of college algebra or higher through one or more of the acceleration mechanisms in Rule 6A-10.024, F.A.C., shall be considered to have satisfied the requirements in subsection 6A-10.030(2), F.A.C., to the extent of the college credit awarded.
- Exemptions and Waivers. Any Public College System Institution or University desiring to exempt its students from the requirements of subsection 6A-10.030(2), F.A.C., shall submit an alternative plan to the Department of Education. Upon approval of the plan by the Department, the plan shall be submitted to the State Board of Education or the Board of Governors as appropriate. Upon approval by the State Board of Education or the Board of Governors, said plan shall be deemed effective in lieu of the requirements of subsection 6A-10.030(2), F.A.C.
Specific Authority 1001.02(1) and (2)(n) FS. Law Implemented 1001.02 FS., Section 15, Chapter 87-212, Laws of Florida. History - New 1-11-82, Formerly 6A-10.30, Amended 6-8-88, 12-18-2005.
In order to be awarded the associate in arts degree, students must have met the following requirements:
- Students must fulfill the specific program requirements as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville Catalog.
- Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the associate in arts degree program. (A.A. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
- Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses. (All college cumulative.)
- Earned a grade of at least a C in each course used to satisfy the five General Education Requirements areas: I Communication, II Mathematics, III Humanities, IV Natural Sciences and V Social and Behavioral Sciences.
- Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit for prior learning do not count toward this residency requirement.
- Completed 60 semester hours of college credit work as follows:
- General Education Requirements (36 semester hours) set forth in the general education requirements of this catalog.
- major elective prerequisites (24 semester hours) set forth in the major prerequisites section of this catalog.
- Demonstrated competency in a foreign language in accordance with Florida Statute 1007.25. Pursuant to guidelines set in Florida Statute 1007.262, competency is demonstrated by foreign language proficiency (at the intermediate level) equivalent to 2-years in high school or a sequence of two college credit courses in a single foreign language.
- Demonstrated competency in civic literacy in accordance with Florida Statute 1007.25 at bit.ly/FS-gen-ed-courses; State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.02413 at bit.ly/FR-civic-lit-comp. Pursuant to guidelines set in Florida Statute 1007.25, Section 4, competency is demonstrated by completion of one of two civic literacy courses (either AMH 2020 or POS 2041 ) with a grade of C or higher OR by achievement of the standard score on a state-approved assessment.
- Students must have fulfilled all financial obligations to the College before they may graduate.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
- A student's graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students' graduation date, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
- Students who enter under the (2020/2021) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2020/2021 academic year. The student's assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
- Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or corequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
- Entering students who are designated as "non-exempt" (see the Developmental Education Program section) will be required to take a common placement test and complete any designated developmental education courses with a grade of C or better.
- Degree-seeking students whose native language is not English should consult with an advisor or counselor regarding whether they will be required to take an English as a second language entry college placement test (CPT-L) and English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses prior to registering for other college credit classes.