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Career and Transfer Associate Degrees 

Albany State University offers students several associate degree options. Eleven career associate of science degree programs are offered through the Health Sciences Division or the Department of Nursing. The course requirements for those career associate programs are presented under their pertinent academic department/division. Career associate degree programs devote half or more of their course requirements to a lower division major field of study and the remaining course requirements to general education, the combination of which are designed to prepare students for workforce entry into their chosen career (major) field upon graduation.  

ASU also offers two transfer associate degree options for students who are preparing to “transfer into” a bachelor's degree program in a specific major field of study after completion of the associate degree. Transfer associate degree students are encouraged to consider remaining at ASU and completing their bachelor’s degree here. About two-thirds (42-43 hrs) of the course content of both of ASU’s transfer associate degree programs are devoted to Area A-E requirements of the Core Curriculum (general education) of a four-year bachelor’s degree, and the remaining 17-18 credit hours are taken in optional Area F lower division prerequisites appropriate for a particular upper division major at the baccalaureate level. Because the primary curricular focus of these two transfer associate degree programs is on the completion of general education requirements for a bachelor’s degree, they are aptly named the Associate of Arts in Core Curriculum and the Associate of Science in Core Curriculum.  It should be noted that the Area F options cited in the listings of course requirements for these transfer associate programs are not considered to be “majors.” Those program components are not sufficient to justify separate transfer associate degree programs but are merely recommended lower division course options for preparing to pursue a particular baccalaureate major in the last two years of a four-year degree. The requirements for completing the two transfer associate degree programs are presented below rather than in a particular department because many different academic departments contribute courses for the completion of the Core Curriculum.

NOTE:  All Area F courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. 

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Career Associate Degrees

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Associate of Arts in Core Curriculum

In order to earn the transfer Associate of Arts degree in Core Curriculum, students must complete areas A-E of the ASU Core Curriculum for non-STEM majors and one of the options for satisfying Area F listed in the degree requirements below. 

Core Curriculum for Non-STEM Majors (Areas A-E)42
Select one of the following options for satisfying Area F18
Select this option for further study in Art
Concert and Recitals Attendance
Design I-Fundamentals of Design
Drawing I-Basic Drawing
Design II-Fundamentals of Design
Drawing II-Intermediate Drawing
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Select this option for further study in Dance
Dance Performance
Dance Production
Dance Improvisation
Modern Dance I
Modern Dance II
Modern Dance III
Ballet Technique I
Ballet Technique II
Ballet Technique III
Dance Composition
History of Black Dance in the United States
Select this option for further study in English
Required courses for English option
World Literature II
Survey of English Literature I
Survey of English Literature II
Literary Forms
Select one of the following course sequences
Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
Select this option for further study in History (must earn a grade of C or better for all courses taken as part of this option)
Survey of American History I
Survey of American History II
Survey of World History II
Introduction to Political Science
Microcomputers in Social Science
Any Level
Foreign Language
Select this option for General Studies further study in Interdisciplinary Studies
Select 18 hours of coursework at the 1000 and 2000-level from the following subject areas:
Arts and Humanities
ARTS
Art
ENGL
English
MUSC
Music
THEA
Speech/Theater
Social Sciences
COMM
Communications/Public Speaking
HIST
History
POLS
Political Science
PSYC
Psychology
SOCI
Sociology
Select this option for further study in Mass Communications
News Writing and Reporting
Survey of Mass Communication
Writing for the Media
Fundamental Web and Graphics Design
Modern Languages
Select 6 semester hours from the following:
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Select this option for further study in Music
Concert and Recitals Attendance
Introduction to Visual and Performing Arts
Class Piano I
Class Piano II
Functional Piano Class
Functional Piano Class
MUSC 1**1
Freshman Applied Lesson
MUSC 1**2
Freshman Applied Lesson
Elementary Harmony and Musicianship
Introduction to Music Literature
Elementary Harmony and Musicianship
MUSC 2**1
Sophomore Applied Lesson
MUSC 2**2
Sophomore Applied Lesson
Select this option for further study in Music Education
Concert and Recitals Attendance
Introduction to Visual and Performing Arts
Class Piano I
Class Piano II
Functional Piano Class
Functional Piano Class
MUSC 1**1
Freshman Applied Lesson
MUSC 1**2
Freshman Applied Lesson
Elementary Harmony and Musicianship
Introduction to World Music
Elementary Harmony and Musicianship
Introduction to Music Education
MUSC 2**1
Sophomore Applied Lesson
MUSC 2**2
Sophomore Applied Lesson
Select this option for further study in Political Science
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Political Science
Introduction to Law
Microcomputers in Social Science
2000 Level
Social Science
2000 Level
Foreign Language
Select this option for further study in Psychology
Required courses
General Psychology
Psychology of Ethics
Select 4 courses from the following
Introduction to Social Problems
Survey of Economics
Microcomputers in Social Science
MDLG
Foreign Language (Option)
Human Growth & Development
Intro to Abnormal Psychology
Introduction to Social Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Select this option for further study in Sociology
Required courses
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Social Problems
Intro to Anthropology
The Sociology of Gender Roles
Select 2 courses from the following
Microcomputers in Social Science
Survey of Economics
Introduction to Political Science
Introduction to Law
MDLG
Foreign Language (Option)
Select this option for further study in Social Services
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Social Problems
Careers in Social Work
Self Awareness
Introduction to Social Work
Select this option for further study in Theater
Concert and Recitals Attendance
Theater Appreciation
Introduction to Visual and Performing Arts
Stagecraft
Voice and Diction
Oral Interpretation
Production and Performance
Production and Performance
Acting I Laboratory
First-Year and Wellness Course Requirements Outside the Core
ASU 1101First Year Experience: Pathways to Success1
HEDP, WELLHealth & Wellness Requirement 12
Total Semester Hours63
1

The health & wellness requirement may be fulfilled by taking one - two (2) credit hour health or wellness course OR two one (1) credit hour health or wellness activity courses.

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Associate of Science in Core Curriculum

In order to earn the transfer Associate of Science degree in Core Curriculum, students must complete areas A-E of the ASU Core Curriculum for STEM, Non-STEM, or Health Professions (as indicated below) and one of the options for completing Area F listed in the degree requirements below. 

Associate of Science in Core Curriculum: STEM Majors

 
Core Curriculum for STEM Majors (See footnotes for specific requirements for Areas A2 and D dependent upon the Area F option selected)43
Select one of the following options for satisfying Area F18
Select this option for further study in Biological Science 7
Science Career Exploration
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Select this option for further study in Chemistry 10
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Scientific Mathematics
Select this option for further study in Computer Science 11
Introduction to Computer Science
Computer Science I
Computer Science II
Calculus I
Introduction to Statistics
Select this option for further study in Engineering 12
Required course
Calculus II
Select one of the following lab science courses
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Chemistry II
Select 3 of the following courses
Principles of Engineering Analysis and Design
Engineering Computing
Engineering Graphics
Engineering Statics
Electric Circuit Analysis
Select this option for further study in Forensic Science
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
Principles of Biology I
Intro to FOSC
Scientific Mathematics
Select this option for further study in Mathematics 15
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Introduction to Statistics
Linear Algebra
First-Year and Wellness Course Requirements Outside the Core
ASU 1101First Year Experience: Pathways to Success1
HEDP, WELLHealth & Wellness Requirement 162
Total Semester Hours64

Associate of Science in Core Curriculum: Non-STEM Majors

Core Curriculum for Non-STEM Majors (Areas A-E)42
Select one of the following options for satisfying Area F18
Select this option for further study in Business Fields 8
Accounting Principles I
Accounting Principles II
Fundamentals of Computer Applications
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Business 9
Communication for Management
Select this option for further study in Criminal Justice
Required courses
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Intro to Law Enforcement
Report Writing
American Correctional Systems
Select two courses from the following (6 hours)
Community Relations
Juvenile Delinquency
Introduction to Social Problems
Introduction to Political Science
Any foreign language course
Select this option for further study in Education 4
The following three courses are required for all education majors
Investigating Critical and Contemporary Issues in Education 1, 6
Exploring Socio-Cult Perspective 2, 6
Exploring Teaching and Learning 3, 6
9 Additional Credit Hours Selected from one of the following areas
AS Students interested in pursuing career/academics in Elementary Education must take these courses
Life/Earth Science 6
Physical Science 6
Foundation Of Numbers And Oper Foundation Of Numbers And Oper Foundation of Numbers and Operations 6
AS Students interested in pursuing career/academics in Middle Grades Education must select TWO courses from a MAJOR concentration and ONE course from a minor concentration
Life/Earth Science
Physical Science
Foundation Of Numbers And Oper Foundation Of Numbers And Oper Foundation of Numbers and Operations
Creative Writing
Literary Forms
Advanced Composition 6
Survey of American History I 5, 6
Survey of American History II 5
American Military History
AS Students interested in pursuing career/academics in Physical Education must take these two courses
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 6
AS Students interested in pursuing career/academics in Science Education must take these two courses
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
AS Students interested in pursuing career/academics in Special Education Adaptive must take these three courses
Foundation Of Numbers And Oper Foundation Of Numbers And Oper Foundation of Numbers and Operations
Creative Writing
Literary Forms
Advanced Composition
AS Students interested in pursuing career/academics in English Education must take this course and one of the foreign language options listed
World Literature II
Choose one sequence
Intermediate French I
and Intermediate French II
Intermediate German I
and Intermediate German II
Intermediate Spanish I
and Intermediate Spanish II
Select this option for further study in Organizational Leadership
The following courses are offered through eMajor to satisfy the Area F requirement, however, additional courses can also satisfy the requirement. Students should consult with their academic advisor when selecting Area F courses.
Leadership in a Global Society
Profiles of Leaders
Writing for Leadership
Introduction to Public Administration
Ethics and Leadership
Program and Policy Evaluation for Leaders
First-Year and Wellness Course Requirements Outside the Core
ASU 1101First Year Experience: Pathways to Success1
HEDP, WELLHealth & Wellness Requirement 162
Total Semester Hours63

Associate of Science in Core Curriculum: Health Professions Majors

Core Curriculum for Health Professions Majors (Areas A-E)43
Select one of the following options for satisfying Area F18
Select this option for further study in Health Sciences 13
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II 14
Human Anatomy and Physiology for the Health Care Professional
Select 10 or 14 additional semester hours (see footnote for details) 14
First-Year and Wellness Course Requirements Outside the Core
ASU 1101First Year Experience: Pathways to Success1
HEDP, WELLHealth & Wellness Requirement 162
Total Semester Hours64
1

Prerequisite is ENGL 1101

2

Prerequisite is EDUC 2110

3

Prerequisite is EDUC 2120

4

Courses in this Area MUST be approved by the student’s assigned academic advisor to ensure they meet the needs of the student’s academic and career goals.

5

Courses cannot be used to satisfy multiple areas of the check sheet.

6

Required for one or more pathways to BS Teacher Education programs.

7

Students who select Biological Science as their Area F option are required to complete MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus in Area A2.

8

Students who select Business Fields as their Area F option are required to complete MATH 1111 College Algebra in Area A2 and MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus in Area D with a minimum grade of "C".

9

Take both if ECON 2105 is taken in Area E

10

Students who select Chemistry as their Area F option are required to complete MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus or MATH 1211 Calculus I in Area A2. For students who take MATH 1211 the extra credit hour will be applied to elective hours in the degree program. 

11

Students who select Computer Science as their Area F option are required to complete MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus in Area A2 or Area D with a minimum grade of "C".

12

Students who select Engineering as their Area F option are required to complete MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus or MATH 1211 Calculus I in Area A2. If MATH 1113 is taken in Area A2, MATH 1211 must be taken in Area D. The extra credit hour earned from MATH 1211 will be counted in the total for Area F.

Students in this area should see an advisor in the Department of Chemistry and Forensic Science for more details about the curriculum and transferring out to another institution for completion of the bachelors degree in engineering. 

13

Students who select Health Science as their Area F option can select from the following lab science sequences, in addition to the options listed in the Core Curriculum for STEM majors: BIOL 1111K & BIOL 1112K or CHEM 1151K & CHEM 1152K.

14

To complete Area F: 18 credit hours must be complete

An Anatomy & Physiology requirement must be completed and may vary based on the career program of interest

  • Option 1: The A&P series BIOL 2411K & BIOL 2412K is highly recommended to better prepare the student for all career programs.
    • Career programs that require Option 1: Health Information Technology, Histotechnician, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Occupational Therapy Assistant, and Physical Therapist Assistant.
  • Option 2: Some programs will accept BIOL 1100K for the A&P requirement; however, it is not recommended for anyone that intends to transfer outside of Albany State University as BIOL 1100K will not transfer to another institution.
    • Career programs that will accept Options 1 or 2: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Services, Radiologic Science, and Respiratory Care.
  • Credit cannot be given for BIOL 2411K and BIOL 1100K. Student must choose one or the other. BIOL 1100K is not considered a prerequisite for BIOL 2412K
  • BIOL 2411K and BIOL 2412K are required for Bachelor degree programs at ASU. BIOL 1100K is not accepted as a pre-requisite course for baccalaureate degrees at ASU. 

Additional credit hours in Area F (10 or 14, see first two bullet points)

  • If BIOL 2411K & BIOL 2412K were used to satisfy the A&P requirement, an additional 10 credit hours must be taken.
  • If BIOL 1100K was used to satisfy the A&P requirement, an additional 14 credit hours must be taken.
  • Any course option listed under Area B-F (except for HLTH classes) may be used to satisfy Area F but cannot be used twice for the degree.
  • Any ALHE, ACCT, BUSA, and EMTP course may also be applied to Area F for the A.S. (0063) for Health Career Pathways.
  • Choose from the following additional courses that are appropriate for the chosen career pathway (other options are available as noted in the previous two bullet points)
15

Students who select Mathematics as their Area F option are required to complete MATH 1113 Pre-Calculus in Area A2 or Area D with a minimum grade of "C".

16

The health & wellness requirement may be fulfilled by taking one - two (2) credit hour health or wellness course OR two one (1) credit hour health or wellness activity courses.

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Minors

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