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2013-2014 Course Catalog 
    
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Science Degree (AS)


The Associate in Science degree is awarded upon satisfactory completion of a program of college-level courses designed to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college/university or for skills preparation for entry-level employment in a specific occupation (Career Option Programs) where a Bachelor’s degree is usually needed. For advancement in the field, a Bachelor’s degree is typically required.

Career Option Programs available at DMACC are:

  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Accounting Paraprofessional
  • Aging Services Management
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Administration
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Fitness & Sports Management
  • Fire Science Technology
  • Human Services
  • Interpretation & Translation
  • Legal Assistant
  • Management Information Systems

For more information about the Associate in Science (AS) degree, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/programinformation.asp.

Associate in Sciene Requirements


To receive an AS degree, students must:

  1. Maintain a 2.0 grade point average on all work applicable to the AS degree.
  2. Earn at Des Moines Area Community College a minimum of 1/3 of the semester credit hours applicable to the degree being pursued. No more than 43 transfer semester credit hours may be applied toward the degree.
  3. Complete a minimum of 64 semester credit hours.
  4. Include at least 28 semester credit hours of Core courses:
    • Communications 9 credits
    • Social & Behavioral Sciences 6 credits
    • Math & Sciences 6 credits
    • Humanities 3 credits
    • Distributed Requirements 4 credits
  5. Include at least 36 semester credit hours of elective credit.
    1. Students may include no more than 16 semester credit hours of vocational/ technical credit.
    2. Students may have up to 8 semester credit hours of Independent Study Courses; up to 4 semester credit hours of Independent Study may be earned in any single semester.
  6. Complete 3 semester credit hours to satisfy the Diversity Requirement with a minimum grade of “C.” The Diversity Requirement does not increase the number of credits required for graduation. The course used to fulfill the Diversity Requirement may also be used to fulfill three credits of Core requirements in Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Humanities or Distributed Requirements if the diversity course is listed as fulfilling Core requirements in Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences or the Humanities. If the course does not fall under any of the Core groups, the course used to fulfill the Diversity Requirement may count as an elective.

Courses that satisfy the Diversity Requirement at Des Moines Area Community College may or may not satisfy diversity requirements at other academic institutions. Students planning to transfer should contact their transfer institutions to verify the transferability of courses.

Information on each program is found in the “Programs Available ” section of this catalog.

Core Requirements - 28 credits


Communications - 9 Credits


Students must take three courses:

One speech course from the following list:

Note:

* Students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution are advised to take ENG 105  and ENG 106 .

Mathematics & Sciences - 6 Credits


Students must take one MAT course (or BUS 211 ) and one science from BIO, CHM, ENV, PHS or PHY.

Humanities - 3 Credits


Students must select from the following courses:

Distributed Requirement - 4 Credits


  1. SDV 108   or HON 101  (1 credit)
  2. Students must select the remaining 9 credits from any of the courses in categories of Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Math & Sciences, and Humanities.

Electives - 36 Credits


  1. Students may include no more than 16 semester credit hours of Vocational courses.
  2. Students may include no more than 8 semester credit hours of Independent Study courses; no more than 4 semester credit hours of Independent Study may be earned in any single semester.

Diversity Requirement


One course is required, but this course may count in the areas above. Students must earn a grade of “C” or above for the course that is used to fulfill the Diversity Requirement. The courses marked with an asterisk (*) will satisfy the Diversity Requirement and will also fulfill requirements in Communications, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Humanities or Distributed areas above. The courses that are not marked with an asterisk will satisfy the Diversity Requirement and will count as electives.

Total AS Degree Requirements - 64 Credits