Oct 16, 2019  
2013-2014 RACC Student Catalog 
    
2013-2014 RACC Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degree Types



Associate in Arts

Transfer Programs

Students pursuing a Transfer Program will earn the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree upon completion of all requirements. The programs have been designed with a level of adaptability because of the diversity of colleges and universities to which students may transfer. The General Education Requirements for all A.A. programs are listed in the Programs of Study . They are the mandatory courses that students complete in addition to their Major Requirements and Electives. As noted in the previous paragraph, the variance of academic programs at other educational institutions makes the selection of the Major Core Electives of paramount importance; therefore, it is recommended that students work closely with their Advisor and the Admissions Department of the four-year college or university to which they wish to transfer.

Although the College maintains a position of adaptability with regard to certain courses within the A.A. curricula, deviations from the General Education Requirements or the Major Requirements are approved only for extenuating circumstances by the Faculty Advisor and Assistant Dean. 

General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts (AA)

For a full listing of requirements, see General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts (AA) .

Associate in Science

Transfer Program

Students pursuing the Science Transfer Program will earn the Associate in Science (A.S.) degree upon completion of all requirements. The program has been designed with a level of adaptability because of the diversity of colleges and universities to which students may transfer.

The General Education Requirements for the A.S. degree are listed in the Programs of Study . They are the mandatory courses that students complete in addition to their Electives. As noted in the previous paragraph, the variance of academic programs at other educational institutions make the selection of the Electives of paramount importance; therefore, it is recommended that students work closely with their Advisor and the Admissions Department of the four-year college or university to which they wish to transfer.

Although the College maintains a position of adaptability with regard to certain courses within the A.S. program, deviations from the General Education Requirements are approved only for extenuating circumstances by the Faculty Advisor and Assistant Dean.

General Education Requirements for the Associate in Science (AS)

For a full listing of requirements, see General Education Requirements for the Associate in Science (AS) .

Associate in Applied Science

Career Programs

The College offers the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. These A.A.S. degrees are also referred to as Career Programs. They academically prepare students for employment upon graduation.

The General Education Requirements for all A.A.S. candidates are listed in the Programs of Study . It is mandatory that all A.A.S. candidates complete these courses in addition to their Major Requirements. The purpose of this component of the associate degree is to offer exposure to the five academic divisions of the College which will serve to enhance the strength of the program in which students choose to major. Deviations from these requirements are approved only for extenuating circumstances by the Faculty Advisor and Assistant Dean.

General Education Requirements for the Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

For a full listing of requirements, see General Education Requirements for the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) .

Associate in General Studies

Individualized Programs

The Associate in General Studies (A.G.S.) degree is an individualized program which allows students to design their own degree programs for professional development or transfer. The College may also recommend the A.G.S. to students with a large number of transfer credits because of the proportion of total credits in free electives.

The General Education Requirements listed in the Programs of Study  are the mandatory courses that all A.G.S. candidates complete in addition to Electives. Deviations from these requirements are approved only for extenuating circumstances by the Faculty Advisor and Assistant Dean.

NOTE: This degree program requires careful planning with the transfer institution to allow for maximum transferability of credits.

General Education Requirements for the Associate in General Studies (AGS)

For a full listing of requirements, see General Education Requirements for the Associate in General Studies (AGS) .

Certificate of Specialization

College Credit Programs

The Certificate of Specialization - College Credit Programs provide students with the opportunity to gain specialized knowledge to advance in their jobs, learn new skills, update the skills they have, or to help them change careers.

Generally, similarities between the requirements of the Certificate Programs and the corresponding Associate in Applied Science programs can be found. Therefore, many candidates elect to enroll in the Certificate Program first and then, after completion, continue in the Associate in Applied Science degree.

Diploma

College Credit Programs

The Diploma - College Credit Programs provide students with specific technical job skills. Students who complete the requirements of a Diploma gain specialized skills for workforce entry or promotion.