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2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog
Florida Community College at Jacksonville
   
 
  Nov 22, 2017
 
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog 
  
2008-2009 Florida Community College at Jacksonville Catalog

Degree and Certificates



Accreditation

Florida Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the baccalaureate degree and the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida Community College.

Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees

The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees are upper level degrees for community college students who have earned an Associate in Science degree and wish to pursue further education. These programs meet the Florida Department of Education requirements for the baccalaureate degree and respect the content of the A.S. degree through the appropriate transfer of both occupational and general education credit. The B.A.S. or B.S. degree enhances the student’s technical education and experience while providing the management, leadership, critical thinking and communication skills which will both promote their ability to progress in their careers and enrich their personal and civic life.

University Transfer Program: Associate in Arts Degree

The Associate in Arts degree program is for those whose ultimate goal is to achieve a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university. Also known as the university transfer degree, the A.A. curriculum is comparable to the freshman and sophomore years at a university. The majority of courses in this program are general education — such as English, math, humanities, science and social studies. The remaining courses are selected based on the student’s intended transfer major and are meant to satisfy prerequisite requirements for that major. Following are some intended transfer major areas which A.A. students may choose. This list is not a complete list of possibilities. See a counselor or advisor for other areas of interest.

The following list of intended transfer majors has a unique three-digit code for each intended transfer major. All Associate in Arts degree students are encouraged to select an intended transfer major, in order to and enroll in the appropriate prerequisite courses needed for transfer to an upper division college or university. The codes and the intended transfer major will not appear on the college transcript, but will be used during enrollment at Florida Community College to assist in advising and communicating with students. The intended transfer major code can be selected during the application process and changed, at the student’s request. Changes in intended transfer majors can affect the prerequisites courses needed for the transfer major.

Students should also select an intended transfer institution in Connections or when meeting with an advisor or counselor. The advising and counseling staff can assist you in researching the transfer institution options that match your goals and help you take the right prerequisite courses needed for your intended transfer major at your intended transfer institution.

Arts, Languages and Humanities (100 — Intended Major in general area of Arts, Languages and Humanities)
Art (101), Communications (102), Fine Arts (103), Dance (104), Theatre (105), English (106), Literature (107), Foreign Languages (108), Music (109), Philosophy (110), Religious Studies (111), Film Studies (112), Humanities (113), Broadcast Journalism/Broadcast Communication (114), Graphic Design (115), Digital Arts/Digital Media (116), Digital Communications (117), Photography (118), Journalism (119)

Business (200 — Intended Major in general area of Business)
Accounting (201), Business Administration (202), Economics (203), Finance (204), Financial Services (205), Logistics (206), Management (207), Marketing (208), Transportation (209), Fashion Merchandising (210), Applied Management (211, Business Forensics (212), Financial Management (213), Forensic Accounting (214), Human Resource Management (215), Hospitality Management (216), Aviation Management (217), Event Management (218), Risk Management and Insurance (219), Agriculture Business/Operations (220), Supervision and Management (221)

Computer Science and Information Systems (300 — Intended Major in general area of Computer Science and Information Systems)
Computer Science (301), Computer Engineering (302), Information Science (303), Information Systems (304), Computer Networking (305), Information Technology (306), Management Information Systems (307), Computer Information Systems (308), Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications (309), Information Technology Management (310)

Education (400 — Intended Major in general area of Education)
Art Education (401), Elementary Education (402), English Education (403), Exceptional Education (404), Health Education (405), Middle School Education (406), Music Education (407), Physical Education (408) Science Education (409), Secondary Education (410), Social Science Education (411), Mathematics Education (412), Dance Education (413), Child Development (414), Early Childhood Education (415)

Engineering, Architecture and Construction (500 — Intended Major in general area of Engineering, Architecture and Construction)
Architecture (501), Building Construction Management (502), Civil Engineering (503), Electrical Engineering (504), Interior Design (505), Mechanical Engineering (506), Nuclear Engineering (507), Engineering Technology - General (508), Geomatics (509)

Health Care and Recreation (600 — Intended Major in general area of Health Care and Recreation)
Dietetics (601), Health Science (602), Health Administration (603), Nursing (604), Nutrition (605), Physical Therapy (606), Recreation (607), Sports Medicine (608), Health Care Management (609), Sports Management (610), Exercise Science (611),

Mathematics
Mathematics (700), Statistics (701)

Physical and Biological Sciences (800 — Intended Major in general area of Physical and Biological Sciences)
Astronomy (801), Biology (802), Botany (803), Chemistry (804), Ecology (805), Forestry (806), Geology (807), Marine Biology (808), Meteorology (809), Oceanography (810), Physics (811), Zoology (812), Biochemistry (813), Forensic Science (814), Animal Science (815), Environmental Science (816)

Social Sciences (900 — Intended Major in general area of Social Sciences)
Anthropology (901), Criminal Justice (902), Geography (903), History (904), International Studies/Relations (905), Political Science (906), Psychology (907), Public Administration (908), Sociology (909), Social Work (910), Public Safety Management (911), Fire Science Management (912), Fire and Emergency Services (913), Legal Assisting (914)

Pre-Professional
Pre-Dentistry (011), Pre-Law (012), Pre-Medicine (013), Pre-Optometry (014), Pre-Pharmacy (015), Pre-Veterinary Medicine (016), Pre-Architecture (017), Pre-Physician Assistant (018)

Other (099)

Undecided (000)

Career Preparation: Associate in Science Degree, Associate in Applied Science Degree, Advanced Technical Certificate or Technical Certificate

Associate in Science Degree, Associate in Applied Science Degree, Advanced Technical Certificate or Technical Certificate

Associate in Science (A.S.) degree programs are designed for those who desire a college–level general education as well as specific career preparation in a certain occupation. These programs are designed to prepare students for entry–level work immediately after completion. The majority of courses in the A.S. programs are directly related to the student’s career choice. The remaining courses are general education, such as English, math, humanities, and social or behavioral sciences. Several of the College’s A.S. programs are covered by statewide agreements that allow their articulation to the corresponding bachelor’s degree program at Florida public universities. Additionally, the general education component in all A.S. degrees is fully transferable to four–year programs in Florida.

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees are also available in some programs, and provide the same kind of career preparation as the Associate in Science, but in general will not articulate or transfer to a four–year institution. General education requirements are different than for the A.S., and in some cases different technical and professional courses are required.

Advanced Technical Certificates are designed for individuals who have already completed a degree (at least an associate degree) and are seeking advanced, specialized preparation in a particular career field to supplement their degree. Florida Community College offers Advanced Technical Certificates in a few limited career areas in which advanced training beyond the associate degree level is needed.

The Technical Certificate programs are also designed to prepare students for entry–level work after completion. Unlike the A.S. or A.A.S., these programs are usually one year in length and do not include general education courses except for those directly related to the student’s career choice.

Career Preparation: Workforce Certificate Programs

Workforce Certificate Programs

The Workforce Certificate programs are for those who want to prepare for a skilled occupation quickly, without having to take college–credit courses. Program lengths vary from a few weeks or months to nearly two years, depending on how much training is required for the specific occupation.

The Bachelor Degree Program

General Admissions Requirements

Admissions requirements to be considered for a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)* degree or Bachelor of Science (B.S.)*:

  1. Applicants interested in a B.A.S. or B.S. program should submit a bachelor’s degree membership application. Visit the bachelor degree programs of study pages for application deadlines.
  2. Applicants must have earned an Associate in Science (A.S.), Associate in Arts (A.A.) or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university and completed a minimum of 60 transferable college credit hours with a GPA of 2.0 or above.
  3. Applicants must have completed a unique set of general education courses as part of their associate degree. If you have not met the required 36 credit hours of general education courses, the applicant must complete or transfer the FCCJ approved general education courses for the bachelor’s degree in the appropriate discipline. The B.S.N. program requires 42 credit hours of general education courses. **
  4. Applicants must provide a copy of your official college transcript(s). Applicants not currently enrolled in Florida Community College and/or who are transferring college credit courses are required to have a copy of their official transcript(s) sent directly from the college or university to the Registrar’s Office, Florida Community College, 940 N. Main St., Jacksonville, FL 32202. A second copy should be provided to the program for which you are applying.

* B.A.S. and B.S. degree programs are selective access.

** Applicants should develop an educational plan with a program advisor to complete the necessary steps to be considered for acceptance into the bachelor’s program of their choice. An evaluation to determine what additional coursework may be needed in order to meet the prerequisite requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

College Level Academic Skills Test

College-Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) is a statewide test of college-level communications and mathematics skills developed by the State of Florida.

The CLAST is a requirement for the bachelor’s degree at any Florida state college or university. Passing all four subsets of the CLAST exam, or satisfying a CLAST exemption, is madatory if you have not completed this requirement previously.

The CLAST is designed to test the communications and mathematics skills that are judged by state university and college faculty to be generally representative of the sophomore level of achievement. The test is required, for those students who are not eligible for CLAST exemptions, by Florida statutes and rules of the State Board of Education. The CLAST paper-and-pencil exam is administered three times per year.

Eligibility for CLAST Alternative Exemption

In accordance with Florida statutes dealing with the college-level communications and computation skills examination (CLAST), students who meet certain conditions, as explained below, may be exempt from having to pass CLAST.

Students who have earned a grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 grade scale in selected postsecondary level courses shall be exempted from one or more sections of the College-Level Academic Skills Test as specified below. Each postsecondary institution shall establish its own policies for the evaluation of students’ coursework when that student earned credits from an institution other than a Florida public community college or university.

To exempt the English Language Skills, Reading and Essay sections of the College-Level Academic Skills Test, the student must have earned a 2.5 grade point average in two (2) courses for a minimum of six (6) semester hours of credit from: ENC 1101, English Composition I and ENC 1102, Writing About Non-Fiction, or LIT 2000, Introduction to Literature: Writing About Fiction, or other equivalent college-level English courses.

Students who meet any of the following alternatives may be exempt from the communications portions of CLAST (essay, English language skills and reading) to fulfill bachelor’s degree requirements:

  1. A score of 500 or above on the verbal section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT-I)
  2. A score of 21 or above in English on the Enhanced American College Testing Program (ACT) and a score of 22 or above in reading on the Enhanced American College Testing Program (ACT)
  3. A 2.5 grade point average for two English composition courses, ENC 1101 and ENC 1102

Students who meet any of the following alternatives may be exempt from the mathematics portion of CLAST to fulfill the bachelor’s degree requirements:

  1. A score of 500 or above on the quantitative section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT-I)
  2. A score of 21 or above in mathematics on the Enhanced American College Testing Program (ACT)
  3. A 2.5 grade point average for any two mathematics courses from the General Education Requirements for mathematics (Note: MAT 0024 and MAT 1033 cannot be used to determine this average.)

Students who meet any of the alternatives listed above for both the communications and mathematics portions of the CLAST may be exempt from having to take any portion of CLAST to fulfill the bachelor’s degree requirements.

Students will need to supply any documentation not already on file with the college to verify these conditions.

These alternative exemptions for CLAST apply to both first-time takers as well as retakers of CLAST.

Students who feel they meet any of the alternatives specified above must apply for CLAST exemption by contacting one of the campus Student Success Offices.

The following guidelines apply to those students who are required to take CLAST:

Students who have passed three of the four CLAST subtests may (at university discretion) enroll in a state university for up to 36 semester credits in upper division before being required to pass the fourth subtest.

Students failing any portion of CLAST will be prohibited from subsequent CLAST registration without documented proof of remediation. All remediation procedures must begin with the appropriate campus CLAST resource specialist. To obtain additional information about the CLAST resource specialists and retesting requirements and procedures, contact the CLAST coordinator’s office or the assessment and certification center.

Current passing scores on the CLAST are as follows: essay - 6, English language - 295, reading - 295 and mathematics - 295.

Effective with the October 1995 CLAST, students are eligible to register for the CLAST provided the following criteria have been met:

  1. At least 18 semester hours of college level course work have been completed satisfactorily, and
  2. The CLAST-related General Education Requirements have been completed successfully with a grade of “C” or better. (For the communications portion: ENC 1101, ENC 1102 or LIT 2000, and the mathematics as stated in the college catalog under “General Education Requirements for Bachelor’s Degree.”) Exceptions to this policy must be approved by an instructional dean.

Students have the option of taking the complete CLAST or splitting the test into two separate sessions: one for the communications portion (essay, English language and reading) and one for the mathematics portion. Coursework requirements for split testing (communications and mathematics) must adhere to the criteria outlined in 1 and 2 above.

Students who have completed the General Education Requirements in communications and/or mathematics but want additional preparation for the CLAST should take ENC 2111 CLAST Review: English Language Skills and Essay, ENC 2110 CLAST Review: Reading, Essay and English Language Skills, REA 2125 CLAST Review: Reading, and/or MGF 2118 Topics in Finite Mathematics.

Students with a disability may request assistance to complete the CLAST. Assistance is obtained through the disabled student specialist on any campus. For any portion of the CLAST in which the disability interferes with the performance on the test even with assistance, students may contact any disabled student specialist for procedures. All requests must be accompanied with appropriate documentation.

The skills measured by CLAST are included here: communication skills and computational skills.

Additional information on CLAST is available in the campus enrollment services office and the assessment and certification center.

General Graduation Requirements

To receive a bachelor’s degree, students must:

  • Fulfill the requirements for the chosen major;
  • Earn a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours with at least a “C” average (2.0 GPA) for all FCCJ coursework attempted;
  • Earn a minimum of 30 of their last 36 hours in regular courses at FCCJ;
  • Earn a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the degree in residence at FCCJ;
  • Apply no more than 45 semester hours in any combination of extension, correspondence, CLEP, University Credit by Examination and Armed Forces credits toward an undergraduate degree;
  • Fulfill the General Education Program requirements;
  • Fulfill the Foreign Language requirement:
    • Students who have not completed two years of high school foreign language with a grade of “C” or higher must complete eight semester hours of foreign language at Florida Community College prior to graduation; and
  • Fulfill the College–Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) requirement according to Florida Rule 6A-10.030.

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The Associate in Arts Degree

Admission

Applicants seeking admission to the associate in arts (A.A.) program must have earned a high school diploma or high school equivalency degree. If applicants graduated on or after Aug. 1, 1987, they must have earned four credits in English and three credits each in mathematics, social studies and science.

University Parallel

The College offers a two–year program leading to the associate in arts (A.A.) degree. Usually referred to as the university parallel or transfer program, it is designed for students who plan to complete their first two years of college work at Florida Community College and then transfer as juniors to four–year institutions of their choice.

The specific programs of study of a given major should be worked out individually between students and the counselor soon after they enroll at Florida Community College. Earned credits in a university parallel study are transferable to four–year institutions and applicable toward a bachelor’s degree.

In planning a program at Florida Community College, students should be certain to meet the General Education Requirements for the associate in arts degree and complete a program of at least 60 semester hours comprising courses counting toward the associate in arts degree. All courses will have a notation at the end of the course description confirming that the course is an A.A. course.

Intended Transfer Major

Within these 60 semester hours, students should be certain to fulfill the pre–major course requirements for the major, which they intend to take at the university they plan to attend. Students transferring to a private four–year institution from Florida Community College are advised to write the registrar of that university for information concerning special course requirements that should be met while attending Florida Community College or use the FACTS system. These requirements vary from university to university; thus, specific programs of study for a given major at a given university should be worked out individually by students and an advisor or counselor soon after they enroll at the College. To maximize transferability, students are advised to choose an intended transfer major and transfer institution as early as possible while at Florida Community College.

Students transferring with the associate in arts degree are guaranteed the transferability of credits earned toward that degree and junior–level standing by the state articulation agreement. Students transferring prior to receipt of the A.A. degree are not assured of junior–level standing, and the transferability of credits earned will be determined by the receiving institution. Also, a student transferring prior to receipt of the A.A. degree may not receive acceptance of credits earned in courses with less than a “C” grade.

Colleges and universities may have different admission and program requirements. Selecting an intended transfer major and transfer institution early is important. Some institutions have limited access programs, which require students to meet specific admission requirements before being considered for admission into selected programs. Students have the responsibility for making contact with a counselor or advisor in the office of student success to work out their program of study at Florida Community College.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the associate in arts degree, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida Community College in courses eligible toward the associate in arts degree program. (A.A. Florida Community College GPA).
  2. Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) in courses, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative.)
  3. Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements areas I Communication, II Mathematics, III Humanities, IV Natural Sciences and V Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  4. Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida Community College.
  5. Completed 60 semester hours of college credit work as follows.
    1. General Education Requirements (36 semester hours) set forth in the general education requirements of this catalog below (the instructional dean may, when appropriate, approve a course not listed under the General Education Requirements of the associate in arts degree to count towards that requirement) and
    2. major prerequisites (24 semester hours) set forth in the major prerequisites section of this catalog.
  6. Completed requirements of 6A–10.030, Other Assessments Procedures for College–Level Communication.
  7. Completed requirements of the College–Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST), a college–level communication and computation skills test required by the state (refer to Testing Services section for details), including satisfactory scores as specified by the State Board of Education and the Florida Community College District Board of Trustees. The graduation date for an Associate of Arts degree student will be either the date of completion of coursework required for degree, or successful completion of the CLAST requirement, whichever is completed later. If the student does not meet the CLAST requirement through course exemption, then the graduation date will be based upon the date of successful completion of the CLAST exit test.
  8. Can demonstrate mastery of the Information Literacy Assessment (effective for students entering fall term 2004). Refer to assessment section of catalog for details.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which students complete all requirements for the degree or certificate for which they are an applicant. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation date, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.).
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will automatically be reassigned to the catalog in effect during their fifth year. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2008/2009) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2013, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2012/2013 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the Florida Community College District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Some of the courses listed in the options for the General Education Requirements are intended for students majoring or specializing in the discipline. Students are advised to review the course descriptions.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite requirements and/or prerequisite courses listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English and who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language entry college placement test (CPT–L), will be required to take English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses prior to registering for other college credit classes. Students from cultures whose language of instruction may have been in English, but the native language is other than English, also come under the CPT–L test and course guidelines. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the EAP program manager. Students who place into EAP, as determined by the test, must complete EAP prefix courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree–seeking college credit students who plan to take English, reading or courses where these are critical requisite skills must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the EAP program manager or designee.

Student Warning

When students repeat a course at Florida Community College, only the last grade earned is calculated in their cumulative grade point average (GPA). However, students with an excessive number of “W” grades and students who repeat courses to improve their GPA jeopardize their admission to some programs in the Florida State University System (SUS) institutions or other institutions.

General Education Requirements

Get the General Education Requirements  for the Associate in Arts degree.

College Level Academic Skills Test

College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST) is a statewide test of college–level communications and mathematics skills developed by the State of Florida.

The CLAST is a graduation requirement for the associate in arts degree in the community college system of Florida and the bachelor’s degree at the state university system of Florida. Passing all four subsets of the CLAST exam, or satisfying a CLAST exemption, is a requirement for meeting the associate in arts degree graduation requirement and the bachelor’s degree graduation requirements.

The CLAST is designed to test the communications and mathematics skills that are judged by state university and community college faculty to be generally representative of the sophomore level of achievement. The test is required, for those students who are not eligible for CLAST exemptions, by Florida statutes and rules of the State Board of Education.

The CLAST is administered three times per year to community college students who:

  1. plan to complete the associate in arts degree or
  2. plan to complete the associate in science degree and transfer to Florida public universities.

The CLAST requirement also applies to students transferring to community colleges from private colleges in Florida and from out–of–state colleges.

The following guidelines apply to those students who are required to take CLAST:

Students who do not achieve satisfactory scores on the CLAST will not be awarded the associate in arts degree. Students who have passed three of the four CLAST subtests may (at university discretion) enroll in a state university for up to 36 semester credits in upper division before being required to pass the fourth subtest.

Students seeking to participate in intercollegiate athletics at senior institutions may be required to have graduated to be eligible to participate. Questions regarding athletic eligibility may be directed to the director of athletics and physical education.

Students failing any portion of CLAST will be prohibited from subsequent CLAST registration without documented proof of remediation. All remediation procedures must begin with the appropriate campus CLAST resource specialist. To obtain additional information about the CLAST resource specialists and retesting requirements and procedures, contact the CLAST coordinator’s office or the assessment and certification center.

Current passing scores on the CLAST are as follows: essay - 6, English language - 295, reading - 295 and mathematics - 295.

Effective with the October 1995 CLAST, students are eligible to register for the CLAST provided the following criteria have been met:

  1. At least 18 semester hours of college level course work have been completed satisfactorily, and
  2. The CLAST–related General Education Requirements have been completed successfully with a grade of “C” or better. (For the communications portion: ENC 1101, ENC 1102 or LIT 2000, and the mathematics as stated in the college catalog under “General Education Requirements for A.A. Degree.”) Exceptions to this policy must be approved by an instructional dean.

Students have the option of taking the complete CLAST or splitting the test into two separate sessions: one for the communications portion (essay, English language and reading) and one for the mathematics portion. Coursework requirements for split testing (communications and mathematics) must adhere to the criteria outlined in 1 and 2 above.

Students who have completed the General Education Requirements in communications and/or mathematics but want additional preparation for the CLAST should take ENC 2111 CLAST Review: English Language Skills and Essay, ENC 2110 CLAST Review: Reading, Essay and English Language Skills, REA 2125 CLAST Review: Reading, and/or MGF 2118 Topics in Finite Mathematics.

Provisions have been made for the College to consider waiver requests from students who have attempted and failed any portion of the CLAST at least four times.

Students with a disability may request assistance to complete the CLAST. Assistance is obtained through the disabled student specialist on any campus. For any portion of the CLAST in which the disability interferes with the performance on the test even with assistance, students may contact any disabled student specialist for waiver request forms and procedures. All requests must be accompanied with appropriate documentation.

The skills measured by CLAST are included here: communication skills and computational skills.

Additional information on CLAST is available in the campus enrollment services office and the assessment and certification center.

Eligibility for CLAST Alternative Exemption

In accordance with Florida statutes dealing with the college–level communications and computation skills examination (CLAST), students who meet certain conditions, as explained below, may be exempt from having to pass CLAST in order to fulfill their associate in arts (A.A.) degree requirements.

Students who have earned a grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 grade scale in selected postsecondary level courses shall be exempted from one or more sections of the College–Level Academic Skills Test as specified below. Each postsecondary institution shall establish its own policies for the evaluation of students’ coursework when that student earned credits from an institution other than a Florida public community college or university.

To exempt the English Language Skills, Reading and Essay sections of the College–Level Academic Skills Test, the student must have earned a 2.5 grade point average in two (2) courses for a minimum of six (6) semester hours of credit from: ENC 1101, English Composition I and ENC 1102, Writing About Non–Fiction, or LIT 2000, Introduction to Literature: Writing About Fiction, or other equivalent college–level English courses.

Students who meet any of the following alternatives may be exempt from the communications portions of CLAST (essay, English language skills and reading) to fulfill A.A. degree requirements:

  1. A score of 500 or above on the verbal section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT-I)
  2. A score of 21 or above in English on the Enhanced American College Testing Program (ACT) and a score of 22 or above in reading on the Enhanced American College Testing Program (ACT)
  3. A 2.5 grade point average for two English composition courses, ENC 1101 and ENC 1102

Students who meet any of the following alternatives may be exempt from the mathematics portion of CLAST to fulfill A.A. degree requirements:

  1. A score of 500 or above on the quantitative section of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT-I)
  2. A score of 21 or above in mathematics on the Enhanced American College Testing Program (ACT)
  3. A 2.5 grade point average for any two mathematics courses from the General Education Requirements for mathematics (Note: MAT 0024 and MAT 1033 cannot be used to determine this average.)

Students who meet any of the alternatives listed above for both the communications and mathematics portions of the CLAST may be exempt from having to take any portion of CLAST to fulfill A.A. degree requirements.

Students will need to supply any documentation not already on file with Florida Community College to verify these conditions.

These alternative exemptions for CLAST apply to both first-time takers as well as retakers of CLAST.

Students who feel they meet any of the alternatives specified above must apply for CLAST exemption by contacting one of the campus counseling/advising centers for student affairs.

CLAST and Teacher Preparation Programs

Students who are planning on enrolling in an upper division teacher preparation program must demonstrate mastery of general knowledge, including the ability to read, write and compute by passing the General Knowledge Test of the Florida Teacher Certification Examination, the College Level Academic Skills Test or a corresponding component of the National Teachers Examination series as one of the prerequisites for admission. All teachers must take the General Knowledge Test in order to receive Professional (continuing) Teacher Certification, therefore it is recommended that students who plan on entering a teacher preparation program and who receive a CLAST exemption from Florida Community College take the General Knowledge Test instead of CLAST.

Teachers already employed in local school districts who must take the General Knowledge Test within a specific amount of time can benefit from CLAST preparation courses offered at Florida Community College since the CLAST and the General Knowledge Test are very similar. Information about the CLAST preparation classes can be found by contacting a campus assessment and certification center.

Communication Skills

CLAST skills are required in these broad categories:
 

 

ENC 1101

ENC 1102

LIT 2000

SPC
2600,
SPC
2016,
SPC
2040

Reading
Recognizes main ideas in a given passage

X

X

X

 

Identifies supporting details

X

X

X

 

Determines meanings of words on the basis of context

X

X

X

 

Recognizes stated relationships between words, sentences and ideas

X

X

X

 

Recognizes the author’s purpose

X

X

X

 

Distinguishes between statements of fact and statements of opinion

X

X

X

 

Detects bias and prejudice

X

X

X

 

Recognizes author’s tone

X

X

X

 

Perceives implicit as well as explicit relationships between words, sentences and ideas

X

X

X

 

Recognizes valid arguments and draws logical inferences and conclusions  

X

X

 

Listening
Recognizes main ideas    

 

X

Identifies supporting details    

 

X

Recognizes explicit relationships among ideas    

 

X

Recalls basic ideas and facts    

 

X

Perceives the speaker’s purpose and organization of ideas and information    

 

X

Discriminates between statements of fact and statements of opinion    

 

X

Distinguishes between emotional and logical arguments    

 

X

Detects bias and prejudice    

 

X

Recognizes the speaker’s attitude    

 

X

Synthesizes and evaluates by drawing logical inference and conclusions    

 

X

Recalls the implications and arguments    

 

X

Writing
Selects a subject which lends itself to expository writing

X

X

X

 

Determines the purpose for writing

X

X

X

 

Limits the subject to a topic which can be developed adequately within the requirements of time, purpose and audience

X

X

X

 

Formulates a thesis statement which reflects the purpose

X

X

X

 

Develops the thesis statement

X

X

X

 

Demonstrates effective word choice

X

X

X

 

Employs conventional sentence structure

X

X

X

 

Employs effective sentence structure

X

X

X

 

Observes the conventions of standard American English grammar and usage

X

X

X

 

Uses standard practices for spelling, punctuation and capitalization

X

X

X

 

Revises, edits and proofreads units of written discourse to assure clarity, consistency and conformity to the conventions of standard American English

X

X

X

 

Speaking
Determines the purpose of the oral discourse    

 

X

Chooses a topic and restricts it according to purpose    

 

X

Fulfills the purpose of the discourse    

 

X

Employs vocal variety in rate, pitch and intensity      

X

Articulates clearly      

X

Employs the level of American English appropriate to the designated audience    

 

X

Demonstrates nonverbal behavior which supports the verbal message    

 

X


Computational Skills

CLAST mathematics examination items and score reports are provided in these broad categories:
 

Mathematical Skills

MAC 1105

MAC 1140

MGF 1106

STA 2023

Arithmetic Skills
Adds and subtracts rational numbers

X

X

X

X

Multiplies and divides rational numbers

X

X

X

X

Adds and subtracts rational numbers in decimal form

X

X

X

X

Multiplies and divides rational numbers in decimal form

X

X

X

X

Calculates percent increase and percent decrease

X

X

X

 

Solves the sentence a% of b is c, where values for two of the variables are given

X

X

 

 

Recognizes the meaning of exponents

X

X

X

X

Recognizes the role of the base number in determining place value in the base–ten numeration system

 

 


X

 

Identifies equivalent forms of positive rational numbers involving decimals, percents and fractions


X


X


X

 

Determines the order relation between real numbers

X

X

X

 

Identifies a reasonable estimate of a sum, average or product of numbers

X

X

X

 

Infers relations between numbers in general by examining particular number pairs

X

X

X

 

Solves real–world problems which do not require the use of variables and which do not involve percent

 

 


X

 

Solves real–world problems which do not require the use of variables and which do require the use of percent

 

 


X

 

Solves problems that involve the structure and logic of arithmetic

X

X

X

 

Geometry and Measurement Skills
Rounds measurements to the nearest given unit of the measuring device used

 

X

X

 
Calculates distances

X

X

X

 
Calculates areas

X

X

X

 
Calculates volumes

X

X

X

 
Identifies relationships between angle measures

 

 

X

 
Classifies simple plane figures by recognizing their properties

 

 

X

 
Recognizes similar triangles and their properties

 

 

X

 
Identifies appropriate units of measurement for geometric objects

X

X

X

 
Infers formulas for measuring geometric figures

 

 

X

 
Selects applicable formulas for computing measures of geometric figures

X

X

X

 
Solves real–world problems involving perimeters, areas, volumes of geometric figures

X

X

X

 
Solves real–world problems involving the Pythagorean property

X

X

X

 
Logical Reasoning
Deduces facts of set inclusion or set non–inclusion from a diagram

 

 

X

 
Identifies statements equivalent to the negations of simple and compound statements

 

 

X

 
Determines equivalence or nonequivalence of statements

 

 

X

 
Draws logical conclusions from data

 

 

X

 
Recognizes that an argument may not be valid even though its conclusion is true

 

 

X

 
Recognizes valid reasoning patterns as illustrated by valid arguments in everyday language

 

 


X

 
Selects applicable rules for transforming statements without affecting their meaning

 

 

X

 
Draws logical conclusions when facts warrant them

 

 

X

 
Algebra Skills
Adds and subtracts real numbers

X

X

X

X

Multiplies and divides real numbers

X

X

X

X

Applies the order–of–operations agreement to computations involving numbers and variables


X


X


X


X

Uses scientific notation in calculations involving very large or very small measurements

X

X

X

 

Solves linear equations

X

X

X

X

Solves linear inequalities

X

X

X

 

Uses given formulas to compute results when geometric measurements are not involved

X

X

X

X

Finds particular values of a function

X

X

 

X

Factors a quadratic expression

X

X

 

 

Finds the roots of a quadratic equation

X

X

 

 

Solves a system of two linear equations in two unknowns

X

X

 

 

Uses properties of operations correctly

X

X

X

X

Determines whether a particular number is among the solutions of a given equation or inequality


X


X


X

 

Recognizes statements and conditions of proportionality and variation

X

X

 

 

Identifies regions of the coordinate plans which correspond to specified conditions and vice versa


X


X

 

 

Uses applicable properties to select equivalent equations and inequalities

X

X

X

X

Solves real–world problems involving the use of variables aside from commonly used geometric formulas


X


X


X


X

Solves problems that involve the structure and logic of algebra

X

X

X

X

Statistics Skills, Including Probability
Identifies information contained in bar, line and circle graphs    

X

X

Determines the mean, median and mode of a set of numbers    

X

X

Uses the fundamental counting principle    

X

X

Recognizes properties and interrelationships among the mean, median and mode in a variety of distributions    


X


X

Chooses the most appropriate procedure for selecting an unbiased sample from a target population    


X


X

Identifies the probability of a specified outcome in an experiment    

X

X

Infers relations and makes accurate predictions from studying statistical data    

X

X

Interprets real–world problems involving frequency and cumulative frequency tables    

X

X

Solves real–world problems involving probabilities    

X

X


Programs of Study (Associate in Arts)

The state of Florida has adopted common prerequisites for each major that are required at all 11 state universities. These courses should be completed as part of the associate in arts degree (A.A.). It is also important to note that for all the same majors, each university may have different admission requirements in addition to the common prerequisites. In some universities, common prerequisites must be completed in order to be admitted into a program. These programs are identified as Limited Access. All associate in arts degree students are encouraged to select an intended transfer major by the time they have accumulated 24 college credit hours in order to enroll in the appropriate prerequisite courses needed for transfer to an upper division college or university. Selecting an intended transfer major will also assist students in using FACTS.org. Visit FACTS.org or contact a counselor or advisor for more information about each major.

The Associate in Arts degree program is for those whose ultimate goal is to achieve a bachelor’s or higher degree from a university. Also known as the university transfer degree, the A.A. curriculum is comparable to the freshman and sophomore years at a university. The majority of courses in this program are general education — such as English, mathematics, humanities, science and social studies. The remaining courses are selected based on the student’s intended transfer major and transfer institution and are meant to satisfy prerequisite requirements for that major. Following are some intended transfer major areas which A.A. students may choose. This list is not a complete list of possibilities. See a counselor or advisor for other areas of interest.

(Intended Majors)

The following list of intended transfer majors has a unique three-digit code for each intended transfer major. All Associate in Arts degree students are encouraged to select an intended transfer major, in order to and enroll in the appropriate prerequisite courses needed for transfer to an upper division college or university. The codes and the intended transfer major will not appear on the college transcript, but will be used during enrollment at Florida Community College to assist in advising and communicating with students. The intended transfer major code can be selected during the application process and changed, at the student’s request. Changes in intended transfer majors can affect the prerequisites courses needed for the transfer major.

Students should also select an intended transfer institution in Connections or when meeting with an advisor or counselor. The advising and counseling staff can assist you in researching the transfer institution options that match your goals and help you take the right prerequisite courses needed for your intended transfer major at your intended transfer institution.

Arts, Languages and Humanities (100 — Intended Major in general area of Arts, Languages and Humanities)
Art (101), Communications (102), Fine Arts (103), Dance (104), Theatre (105), English (106), Literature (107), Foreign Languages (108), Music (109), Philosophy (110), Religious Studies (111), Film Studies (112), Humanities (113), Broadcast Journalism/Broadcast Communication (114), Graphic Design (115), Digital Arts/Digital Media (116), Digital Communications (117), Photography (118), Journalism (119)

Business (200 — Intended Major in general area of Business)
Accounting (201), Business Administration (202), Economics (203), Finance (204), Financial Services (205), Logistics (206), Management (207), Marketing (208), Transportation (209), Fashion Merchandising (210), Applied Management (211, Business Forensics (212), Financial Management (213), Forensic Accounting (214), Human Resource Management (215), Hospitality Management (216), Aviation Management (217), Event Management (218), Risk Management and Insurance (219), Agriculture Business/Operations (220), Supervision and Management (221)

Computer Science and Information Systems (300 — Intended Major in general area of Computer Science and Information Systems)
Computer Science (301), Computer Engineering (302), Information Science (303), Information Systems (304), Computer Networking (305), Information Technology (306), Management Information Systems (307), Computer Information Systems (308), Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications (309), Information Technology Management (310)

Education (400 — Intended Major in general area of Education)
Art Education (401), Elementary Education (402), English Education (403), Exceptional Education (404), Health Education (405), Middle School Education (406), Music Education (407), Physical Education (408) Science Education (409), Secondary Education (410), Social Science Education (411), Mathematics Education (412), Dance Education (413), Child Development (414), Early Childhood Education (415)

Engineering, Architecture and Construction (500 — Intended Major in general area of Engineering, Architecture and Construction)
Architecture (501), Building Construction Management (502), Civil Engineering (503), Electrical Engineering (504), Interior Design (505), Mechanical Engineering (506), Nuclear Engineering (507), Engineering Technology - General (508), Geomatics (509)

Health Care and Recreation (600 — Intended Major in general area of Health Care and Recreation)
Dietetics (601), Health Science (602), Health Administration (603), Nursing (604), Nutrition (605), Physical Therapy (606), Recreation (607), Sports Medicine (608), Health Care Management (609), Sports Management (610), Exercise Science (611),

Mathematics
Mathematics (700), Statistics (701)

Physical and Biological Sciences (800 — Intended Major in general area of Physical and Biological Sciences)
Astronomy (801), Biology (802), Botany (803), Chemistry (804), Ecology (805), Forestry (806), Geology (807), Marine Biology (808), Meteorology (809), Oceanography (810), Physics (811), Zoology (812), Biochemistry (813), Forensic Science (814), Animal Science (815), Environmental Science (816)

Social Sciences (900 — Intended Major in general area of Social Sciences)
Anthropology (901), Criminal Justice (902), Geography (903), History (904), International Studies/Relations (905), Political Science (906), Psychology (907), Public Administration (908), Sociology (909), Social Work (910), Public Safety Management (911), Fire Science Management (912), Fire and Emergency Services (913), Legal Assisting (914)

Pre-Professional
Pre-Dentistry (011), Pre-Law (012), Pre-Medicine (013), Pre-Optometry (014), Pre-Pharmacy (015), Pre-Veterinary Medicine (016), Pre-Architecture (017), Pre-Physician Assistant (018)

Other (099)

Undecided (000)

To meet the A.A. degree requirements and course/admission requirements to a university, it is important that each A.A. student identify an intended transfer major and transfer institution by the time they have accumulated 24 college credit hours. Admission to a university is based on proper selection of the required courses and meeting the admission criteria. Students transferring to a Florida university should complete the associate in arts degree (36 credits of general education/CLAST), the common prerequisites (some common prerequisites may also meet general education requirements), and obtain the admission criteria to be successful in the transfer process.

All students are encouraged to contact a counselor or advisor for more information about each intended transfer major. Program specific information is available on the individual institution’s Web site and through academic advising on each campus. Students should be aware that program eligible courses are determined by the receiving institution.

The Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science Degree

Preparation for a Career

Career and technical education programs are designed to prepare students who, at the completion of a program of study listed in this section of the catalog, are planning to enter a chosen career at the semi–professional level. The associate in science (A.S.) degree program may also articulate into the bachelor’s degree in a related field of study at a state public university, based on specific program articulation agreements.

Associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degrees are available in some programs, and provide the same career preparation as associate in science degrees. Associate in applied science programs are not designed to transfer to a four–year institution, but may articulate under special agreements between the College and the university system. For individuals wishing to spend less than two years in career preparation, technical certificate programs are also available in several areas.

The program manager or program chairperson with the approval of the dean of instruction may prescribe deficiency courses, which are necessary for successful completion of the associate in science degree. If students are veterans, a copy of the recommendation must be submitted to the Florida Community College Veterans Affairs Office for certification completion.

The program manager or program chairperson with the approval of the dean of instruction may approve another elective or professional course not listed as an approved elective in the associate in science or associate in applied science degree curriculum, which will apply toward associate in science or associate in applied science degree completion. If students are veterans, it is necessary that such course substitution be submitted to the Veterans Affairs Office for certification completion. A record of the approval will be maintained in their file.

Program Location

Not all of the career and technical education A.S. or A.A.S. degree programs are available at each of the College’s campuses. However, the General Education Requirements and many of the elective, professional and other required courses are available at all campuses as well as at selected off–campus centers and sites.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the associate in science or associate in applied science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida Community College in courses eligible toward the associate in science or applied science degree programs (A.S. Florida Community College GPA or A.A.S. Florida Community College GPA).
  2. Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all courses attempted, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative).
  3. Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida Community College.
  4. Completed a minimum of 60 semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  5. Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements.
  6. Can demonstrate mastery of the Information Literacy Assessment (effective for students entering fall term 2005). Refer to assessment section for details.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which the students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which students are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2008/2009) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2013, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2012/2013 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the Florida Community College District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. The General Education Requirements may be taken on any Florida Community College campus or center.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  6. Students enrolling in associate in applied science programs must pass all sections of the placement test before award of an A.A.S. degree, regardless of the degree program’s general education requirements.
  7. Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English, who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language (ESL) entry placement test, will be required to take ESL courses with EAP prefix prior to registering for other college credit classes. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the ESL program manager.
  8. Degree–seeking students identified as non–native speakers must take an English as a second language (ESL) placement test prior to taking the College’s standard course placement test. Students who place into ESL, as determined by the test, must complete ESL courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree seeking college credit students who plan to take English or reading courses must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the ESL program manager or designee.

General Education Requirements

Get the General Education Requirements  for the Associate in Science and the Associate in Applied Science degree.

Selective Access Programs

Dental hygiene, emergency medical services (EMS) technology, emergency medical technology (EMT), health information management, histotechnology, human services (addictions specialization), medical coder/biller, medical laboratory technology, nursing, paramedic, physical therapist assistant, radiation therapy and respiratory therapy programs are selective access programs and have special selection and admission criteria and procedures which may be obtained from the program office as listed in this catalog.

University Transfer

Students who intend to transfer to a state university upper division upon receipt of the associate in applied science degree must satisfy certain additional requirements before being accepted for transfer. These requirements do not affect the award of the associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree by Florida Community College but do affect the ability of the senior institution to accept students with the A.A.S. degree.

Students with A.S. or A.A.S. degrees who plan to transfer to a state university should contact a counselor to determine any additional requirements necessary for transferring.

Co–operative Learning and/or Internship Opportunities Programs

All associate in science, associate in applied science and some certificate programs at Florida Community College require a co–op/internship experience as part of the program of study.

Preparing students for the workplace is the goal of the associate in science and the associate in applied science degree programs at Florida Community College. Not only must students complete degree and certificate programs having mastered occupational skills, but they must also have the interpersonal skills that allow them to contribute and be productive and successful in the workplace. The Co–op and Internship Opportunities Programs allow the student a chance to practice their occupational skills while earning credit towards their degree or certificate.

The internship, which provides the student with real experience in their chosen field of specialization, is an important component in all technical degree programs. Upon completion of these programs, the College is certifying that the student can perform certain job–related skills.

Such certification is not possible unless the student has performed in some type of work environment.

Objectives of the Co–op/Internship Program:

  • to gain practical work experience
  • to gain insight into the daily functioning of the workplace
  • to gain knowledge and understanding of interpersonal dynamics
  • to apply the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom
  • to exercise ethical responsibilities expected of company personnel
  • to personally evaluate these experiences
  • to expose the student to the processes involved in acquiring a position

The College does not guarantee employment. Selection of a particular student to fill a job is at the sole discretion of the employer and not within the control of the College. This means the College or any of its representatives cannot guarantee a paid or unpaid co–op/internship placement.

Technical Certificates

Preparation for Specialized Employment

Florida Community College provides a number of educational programs of less than two years duration for which technical certificates are awarded upon satisfactory program completion.

The technical certificate is an intermediate step toward the associate in science degree in the particular area of study. Students can then build upon that technical certificate to accomplish the A.S. degree.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded a technical certificate, students must have met the following requirements.

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all courses attempted at Florida Community College.
  2. Completed the required courses as set forth in the College catalog or as approved by the assistant dean of the area.
  3. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  4. Completed at least one–fourth of the total hours required for a certificate in residence at Florida Community College. Before students may graduate, they must have fulfilled all financial obligations to the College.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the College term in which students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which they are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, 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.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2008/2009) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2013, or they will be required to consult with their academic program to determine the appropriate active catalog placement. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the Florida Community College District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.

Advanced Technical Certificates

Advanced Technical Certificates are designed for individuals who have already completed a degree (at least an associate degree) and are seeking advanced, specialized preparation in a particular career field to supplement their degree. Florida Community College offers Advanced Technical Certificates in a few limited career areas in which advanced training beyond the associate degree level is needed.

Revised April 30, 2009