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Maricopa Community Colleges (MCCCD) 2020-2021 Associate in Science (AS) Degree *FYC may be met with fewer than 6 credits if student has transfer credit from ASU, NAU or UAZ for a single course that meets FYC in full. Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation Governing Board Approval, March 24, 2020 Description The Maricopa County Community College District Associate in Science (AS) degree requires a minimum of 60 semester credits for the program of study; minimum total credits for vary by specific emphasis (for example, Associate in Science, Emphasis in Physics). Refer to the Program (Degree) Search at for credit minimums for individual degree programs by emphasis. A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required to earn the degree.The AS degree is governed by the MCCCD General Academic Policies for Transfer Degrees. The Associate in Science degree includes the following components: I. Program Prerequisites (if applicable, for versions with an emphasis only) II. Required Courses (for versions with an emphasis only) III. Restricted Electives (for versions with an emphasis only) IV. Arizona General Education Curriculum for Science (AGEC-S) V. MCCCD Additional Requirements (Oral Communication and Critical Reading) VI. General Electives (if needed to reach minimum credits for degree) Purpose of the Degree The Associate in Science (AS) degree is designed for students planning to transfer to four-year colleges and universities. In general, the components of the degree meet requirements for majors with more stringent mathematics and mathematics-based science requirements. Generally, the degree will transfer as a block without loss of credit to Arizona's public universities and other institutions with district-wide articulation agreements. In most cases, courses used to satisfy the MCCCD Associate in Science (AS) will apply to general university graduation requirements of the majors that align with the tAS degree; however, students need to be aware of any specific requirements of their intended major at the university to be sure they select courses that will meet them. Information regarding the articulation of the AS with majors at the Arizona public universities can be accessed via the following website: It is recommended that students select courses that meet more than one general education and/or awareness area requirement. Doing so will maximize the number of math and science electives the student can take as part of his/her Associate in Science degree. Special Academic Policies that Govern the Associate in Science Degree • The AGEC-S does not require a course with [CS] Computer/Statistics designation. • Unlike the AGEC-A and AGEC-B, the same course is allowed to satisfy the ([L] and [HU]) or ([L] and [SB]) areas of the AGEC-S's Core Area. The credits for such a "shared" course are only counted one time toward the required minimum for the degree. Degree Requirements The requirements for the Associate in Science follow. All versions of the Associate in Science require at least 60 credits; for major-specific pathways within the degree, prescribed courses and minimum credits for categories within the degree, as well as the total, vary. Refer to the Program (Degree) Search at for credit minimums for major-specific pathways within the degree. The following websites identify the courses that apply to the different General Education Core and Awareness Areas: AGEC-S and the AGEC Matrix. Courses available for both Areas during a current or upcoming semester can also be found using the "Find a Class" tool on each MCCCD college's website. 83

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