PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Gogebic Community College is a comprehensive community college offering a wide range of educational programs. The programs of study can be divided into two major groups, those oriented toward students planning to transfer to four year universities and those oriented toward students planning to enter directly into the labor market after graduation. Programs of study are presented within their respective divisions. Divisions are arranged alphabetically.
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS
The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs are Gogebic's basic academic transfer programs. Courses in these liberal arts degree programs parallel those offered in the first two years at four-year baccalaureate degree institutions, and credits earned in selected courses at GCC are readily transferable. Virtually all colleges and universities require a well-balanced curriculum that includes a distribution of course work in each of the four basic liberal arts and sciences divisions. The examples contained in this catalog are just some of the areas of study that one may begin at GCC. There are many other associate degree transfer programs available. See a counselor or faculty advisor to plan your program.
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
These programs of study are designed primarily to prepare graduates for immediate employment in specialized areas. Although course work in these programs is not designed for transfer to other colleges, in some cases students may transfer to colleges offering baccalaureate degrees in the same specialization.
If transfer is being considered as an option, careful planning with your faculty advisor is necessary to maximize credit transfer.
Gogebic Community College offers five degrees, four of which include varying levels of general education core requirements: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of Applied Business. The fifth degree, the Associate of Applied Technology, is offered in specialized vocational areas of study.
In many areas, one year of study is not sufficient for adequate job preparation; therefore, your program may need to include General Education as well as specialized training for successful performance and significant advancement in your career choice. In this case, your objective will be an associate degree.
All associate degrees require that you take courses in the traditional academic areas devoted to generalized knowledge about our physical, social and cultural worlds. These pursuits help to develop your full potential both as an individual and as a contributing member of society. Seeing your particular job from a larger perspective will assist you with interpersonal relationships, coping with change and career advancement.
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS REQUIREMENTS:
All electives are to be transfer courses and should be selected to assist the student in matching courses to the requirements of the transfer university. Although not a requirement, transfer students may wish to consider completing Physical Education courses as part of the Associate of Arts degree, as these courses are normally required as part of baccalaureate programs.
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
Requirements are the same for an Associate of Arts degree with the additional requirement that a minimum of 28 credits must be obtained in the Science/Math category.
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
If your primary purpose for attending college is to prepare for employment upon your graduation, you will probably pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree. This degree has a minimum of general education courses and a maximum of specialized occupational courses. Total requirements for these degrees may be found in the following pages under individual programs of study. Listed below are the minimum requirements that apply to all Associate of Applied Science degrees:
Although the Associate of Applied Science degree is designed primarily for employment preparation, many of the courses in these degree programs can transfer to four-year colleges. Consult with your faculty advisor or the transfer coordinator if interested in transfer information.
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED BUSINESS REQUIREMENTS:
An Associate of Applied Business will be awarded upon completion of a prescribed career business program. See specific programs and meet with your faculty advisor for specific requirements.
The Associate of Applied Business includes the following minimum general education and credit requirements:
ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS:
An Associate of Applied Technology is awarded to students who complete a prescribed program in technology.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:
A certificate of completion will be awarded upon the satisfactory completion of a prescribed technical program. Total credits required may vary with a minimum of 31 credits.
ADDITIONAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS:1.Cumulative grade point average must be 2.0 or above. 2.For an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts, 63 credits are required. Two of these credits may be in physical education activity courses. For an Associate of Applied Science, Applied Business, or Applied Technology, 61 credits are required none of which may be in physical education activity courses. 3.You must have been enrolled at Gogebic Community College during the semester immediately preceding fulfillment of degree requirements.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
General Education courses at Gogebic Community College are grouped into four basic categories. The courses you choose within each category will depend upon the type of degree you pursue and your personal interests.
Communications: foreign language, speech, journalism, composition or technical English, business communications and computer literacy.
Science and Mathematics: computer science, biology, chemistry, geology, anatomy, physiology, physical science and mathematics.
NOTE: Applied Science degrees may include business math courses.
Social Sciences: political science, economics, geography, anthropology, psychology, sociology and U.S. history.
Humanities:** western civilization, literature, philosophy, music, art and drama. A number of applied courses in the music, art, and drama fields do not count toward Humanities requirements. Please consult with your advisor on course selection.
**Students planning on transferring to another institution should check with the Transfer Coordinator regarding music and art courses. Some transfer as applied or fine arts instead of humanities.
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