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  Dec 14, 2017
 
2017-2018 Updated Catalog 
  
2017-2018 Updated Catalog

AA Degree General Education Requirements


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Associate in Arts students must complete 60 college credits to complete the degree; 36 of these credits must be general education credits distributed across five subject area categories. A student must satisfy the required number of credits in each category. The remaining 24 elective credits should be selected in consultation with an advisor, who will assist with selecting the college credits most advantageous to the student’s educational goals.

To assure that graduates of the state university and state college systems share a common base of General Education requirements, the State of Florida has designated general education core course options in each of five areas of study—Communication, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences.  Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or state university in 2015‐2016 and thereafter, each student must complete at least one identified core course (designated with ♦) in each area of study as part of the general education course requirements. Furthermore, NWF State College has embedded the core competencies of speaking, writing, and technology in both the AA and AS programs of study; by program design, all AA and AS graduates take courses that allow them to demonstrate their abilities in these important life skills.

AA General Education Requirements


Communications: 6


Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.

Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze communication critically.

A minimum grade of “C” in each Communications course is required for general education credit.

Humanities: 6


Students will confirm the ability to think critically through demonstrating interpretive ability and cultural literacy.

Students will acquire competence in reflecting critically upon the human condition.

A minimum grade of “C” in each Humanities course is required for general education credit.

  • Choose one Core Humanities course and one General Humanities course, or
  • Choose two Core Humanities courses. 

Core Humanities


General Humanities


Mathematics: 6


Students will determine appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving, and demonstrate an understanding of mathematical concepts.

Students will apply appropriate mathematical and computational models and methods in problem solving.

All Mathematics courses listed below meet Mathematics requirements outlined in FAC Rule 6A-10.030 .

A minimum grade of “C” in each Mathematics course is required for general education credit.

  • Choose one Core Mathematics course and one General Mathematics course, or
  • Choose two Core Mathematics courses.

    (Any student who successfully completes a Mathematics course for which one of the general education core course options in Mathematics is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the Mathematics core.)

Core Mathematics


Natural Sciences: 8


Students will demonstrate the ability to critically examine and evaluate scientific observation, hypothesis, or model construction, and to use the scientific method to explain the natural world.

Students will successfully recognize and comprehend fundamental concepts, principles, and processes about the natural world.

  • Choose one Biological Science course and one Physical Science course.
    At least one course must be a Core Natural Science course indicated by the ♦ symbol.

    (Any student who successfully completes a Science course for which one of the general education core course options in Science is an immediate prerequisite shall be considered to have completed the Science core.)

Biological Sciences


Social Sciences: 6


Students will demonstrate the ability to examine behavioral, social, and cultural issues from a variety of points of view.

Students will demonstrate an understanding of basic social and behavioral science concepts and principles used in the analysis of behavioral, social, and cultural issues, past and present, local and global.

  • Choose one Behavioral Social Science course and one History/Government Social Science.
    At least one course must be a Core Social Science course indicated by the ♦ symbol, or
  • Choose two History/Government Social Sciences courses. 
    At least one course must be a Core Social Science course indicated by the ♦ symbol.

Behavioral Social Sciences


History/Government Social Sciences


A minimum grade of “C” in each History/Government Social Science course is required for general education credit.

Additional General Education Credits: 4


Additional General Education Credits should be selected in alignment with a student’s choice of transfer major.  Any general education hours over a total of 36 will apply as electives in the AA degree. Consult with an academic advisor for assistance.

Total AA General Education Credits Required: 36


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Symbol Description
Courses listed with this symbol are Florida State Core Courses and are protected in transfer to other public state institutions as meeting the state Core General Education requirements.
Courses listed with this symbol address NWF State College’s Technology-Across-the Curriculum  student learning outcome, namely that all associate degree graduates are competent in basic technology use.
Courses listed with this symbol address NWF State College’s Speaking-Across-the Curriculum  student learning outcome, namely that all associate degree graduates are competent in basic public speaking skills.
Courses listed with this symbol have an international and/or diversity focus  and meet Teacher Education Programs’ common prerequisites.
Courses listed with this symbol meet writing requirements outlined in FAC Rule 6A-10.030  and require a minimum grade of “C” when used for General Education credit.

AA Degree Checklist:


  • Have you completed a minimum of 60 credit hours in the following areas?
    • 36 Hours of General Education
      • 6 hours in Communications (“C” or better)
      • 6 hours in Mathematics (“C” or better)
      • 6 hours in Humanities (“C” or better)
      • 8 hours in Natural Science
      • 6 hours in Social Sciences (“C” or better in History/Government Social Science category)
      • 4 hours in Additional General Education Credits (if needed)
    • 24 hours of college credit A.A. transferable electives
  • Have you completed at least 15 of the 60 credits at NWF State College?
  • Have you completed the foreign language requirement ?
  • Have you met the minimum 2.0 GPA requirements for the A.A.?
  • Have you applied for graduation  by the advertised deadline?

 

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