The Associate of Arts & Sciences degree programs are designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree program. The courses in this program are specifically selected for ease of transfer to most four-year colleges and universities. Following the prescribed coursework in this program will result in graduation with the Associate of Arts & Science degree (AA&S). Students should consult with their advisors to ensure that they select general electives that best prepare them for the specific requirements of their intended transfer college or university programs of study. This degree plan is closely aligned to local universities and colleges. Please see your advisor for specific guidelines.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO):

Students who complete this program can:

  • Written Communication: Students will demonstrate clear and effective writing skills in a variety of contexts.
  • Scientific Reasoning: Students will demonstrate understanding of scientific concepts, theories, and basic scientific reasoning.
  • Critical Thinking: Students will exhibit identified critical thinking skills to pose questions, process information, and make decisions.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Students will compute, analyze, and communicate quantitative data using mathematical and logical methods to solve problems (e.g., tables, graphs, formulas, or other relevant formats).
  • Information Literacy: Students will effectively gather, organize, apply, and evaluate information with an understanding of its origin and the technologies used.
  • Scientific Literacy: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the four pillars of modern biology (The Cell Theory, The Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection, Gene Theory, Homeostasis).

Program Requirements

Entry into the program requires the satisfactory completion of four (4) units of high school English, two (2) units of high school algebra, one (1) unit of geometry, one (1) unit of laboratory science, and one (1) unit of social science or their equivalent. Deficiencies in these areas may be corrected by completing the appropriate developmental studies courses. Students are encouraged to check the mathematics requirements of the four-year college or university to which you plan to transfer to determine the appropriate courses to be taken at MECC, as well as to determine the transferability of electives. Students planning to transfer should schedule an appointment with MECC’s Transfer Services Counselor at 276.523.2400 ext. 324.
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