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Associate in Science Pathway College Transfer

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Associate in Science (P1042C)

The Associate in Science College Transfer Pathway (ASCTP) is designed for high school juniors and seniors who wish to begin study toward the Associate in Science degree and a baccalaureate degree in a STEM major. The ASCTP is a structured set of courses included in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) between the University of North Carolina and the North Carolina Community College System.


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To be eligible for enrollment in the College Transfer Pathway, a high school student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be a high school junior or senior;
  2. Have an unweighted GPA of 2.8 or higher on high school courses or demonstrate college readiness on an assessment or placement test in English, reading, and mathematics for enrollment in a College Transfer Pathway; and
  3. Meet all course prerequisite requirements.

To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:

  1. Continue to make progress toward high school graduation; and
  2. Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses.

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Concentration Overview

The Associate in Science Degree is designed to meet the two-year general college requirements of four-year colleges and universities. The curriculum has a heavy concentration in mathematics and science areas to allow College of The Albemarle (COA) students, after two years of study, to transfer with junior-level status. This curriculum is suited to students who want to pursue a four-year degree in areas of study such as computer science, engineering, mathematics, the sciences or professional programs that require strong mathematics and science backgrounds.

Upon Completion of this concentration, graduates will be able to: Analyze and solve quantitative problems, reason logically from hypothesis to conclusion, apply mathematics techniques in scientific problem solving, and use laboratory technology, equipment, and techniques critically and safely to investigate scientific problems using proper scientific methods.

Partnership: COA has articulation agreements with certain universities for students transferring into specific programs of study. Students can complete the first two years of that specific baccalaureate degree at COA. Students should check with their advisor for more information.

General Education (32 – 33 SHC): The general education requirement includes study in courses selected from the Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC) of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. (All UGETC courses in which the student earns a grade of “C” or better will transfer for equivalency credit up to the distribution limits detailed in the CAA.)

Course Course Title Semester Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Study Success 1
ACA 122 College Transfer Success n/a n/a n/a 1
Composition 6
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry n/a n/a ENG 002 Tier 1 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines n/a n/a ENG 111 3
Communications 3
COM 231 Public Speaking n/a n/a ENG 111 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Select one course (prerequisites in parentheses): ART 111 (none), ART 114 (ENG 002 Tier 1), ART 115 (ENG 002 Tier 1), DRA 111 (none) ENG 231 (ENG 112), ENG 232 (ENG 112), ENG 241 (ENG 112), ENG 242 (ENG 112), MUS 110 (none), MUS 112 (none), PHI 215 (ENG 111), or PHI 240 (ENG 111)
Social/Behavioral Sciences (two courses from different disciplines) 6
Select two courses (prerequisites in parentheses): ECO 251 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), ECO 252 (ENG 002, Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), HIS 111 (ENG 002, Tier 1), HIS 112 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 131 (ENG 002 Tier 1), HIS 132 (ENG 002 Tier 1), POL 120 (ENG 002 Tier 1), PSY 150 (ENG 002 Tier 1), or SOC 210 (ENG 002 Tier 1)
Mathematics 8
Select two courses (prerequisites in parentheses): MAT 171 (MAT 003 Tier 2 or MAT 143 or MAT 152), MAT 172 (MAT 171), MAT 263 (MAT 171), or MAT 271 (MAT 172), MAT 272 (MAT 271)
Natural Sciences 8
Select a two course sequence (prerequisites and corequisites in parentheses): BIO 111-112 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2), CHM 151-152 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2 and CHM 090 or one unit of high school Chemistry), PHY 151-152 (MAT 171), or PHY 251-252 (MAT 271 and corequisite MAT 272)

*Optional General Education Hours (0 – 8 SHC): A student may take up to 8 SHC of foreign language courses and accompanying labs, in a single language, designated as General Education in the CAA as a part of this pathway. These courses are not a part of the UGETC. Students who complete these courses with a grade of “C” or better will receive transfer credit. The receiving university will determine whether the courses will count as general education, pre-major, or elective credit.

**High school students in the CCP College Transfer Pathway leading to the Associate in Science must complete the entire pathway before taking additional courses in the Associate in Science degree with the exception of mathematics courses beyond MAT 271.

Last updated: Jan. 27, 2020