Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Engineering (A.E.), and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)
Associate degrees are offered in the arts (A.A.), science (A.S.), engineering, (A.E.), and fine arts (A.F.A.) for students who aspire to transfer to a four-year college or university. The 60/61 semester hours credit for an A.A., A.E., or A.S. degree and the 65 semester hours credit for an A.F.A. degree are designed to parallel the freshman and sophomore years of study at four-year colleges and universities.
In the process of successfully completing a college transfer program, the college transfer student will have demonstrated the ability to:
- communicate effectively in written and oral English;
- demonstrate basic quantitative skills appropriate to the chosen field of study;
- analyze and solve problems and make logical conclusions;
- demonstrate information literacy;
- apply basic computer skills; and
- demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultural and historical perspectives.
The Associate in Arts Degree is for students desiring to pursue liberal arts and pre-professional programs in areas other than the fine arts and the sciences. The Associate in Science Degree is for students desiring to enter science and/or mathematics related fields. The Associate in Engineering Degree is for students desiring to pursue a baccalaureate degree in engineering.
The Associate in Arts and Science programs are part of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) which addresses the transfer of students between institutions in the North Carolina Community College System and the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. The CAA enables North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate in arts and science degree programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina to transfer with junior status. The CAA does not guarantee admission to a university; admission to a university does not constitute admission to a professional school or a specific program.
The Associate in Engineering degree is for students desiring to pursue a baccalaureate degree in engineering. The Associate in Engineering Degree is part of the Uniform Articulation Agreement between the University of North Carolina Baccalaureate Engineering Programs and the North Carolina Community College System. This agreement ensures that a student who completes the Associate in Engineering Degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 and a grade of “C” or better in the required courses will have fulfilled the entrance requirements at all of the North Carolina public Bachelor of Science in Engineering programs. Associate in Engineering graduates may then apply to any of these programs without taking additional and sometimes duplicative courses. However, because engineering program admissions are competitive, no student is guaranteed admission to an engineering program.
The Associate in Fine Arts Degree is for students desiring to pursue studies in Drama, Music, or Art. Upon admission to another public two-year institution or to a public university, a community college student who was enrolled in an Associate in Fine Arts Degree program and who satisfactorily completed with a grade of “C” or better in all courses that are designated for college transfer (general education, elective, or pre-major), will receive credit for those courses. The receiving institution will determine whether the course will count as general education, major, or elective credit. Each degree program has additional requirements for coursework in liberal arts, fine arts, and sciences.
Application to a University
Admission application deadlines vary; students must meet the deadline for the senior institution to which they plan to transfer. Students are encouraged to contact the senior institution to confirm degree offerings and admission requirements.