Skip to main content

Associate in Arts

campus entrance

Associate in Arts Program Overview

College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Associate in Arts program is designed to meet the two-year general college requirements of four-year colleges and universities. This broad-based curriculum of the allows you to transfer with junior-level status in almost any field, ranging from traditional academic areas such as economics, education, psychology and English, to pre-professional areas including medicine, law, criminal justice and pharmacy. The Associate in Arts program is also for students who prefer a broad education without predetermined transfer plans.

Transferring to a Four-Year College or University

COA has a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) with certain universities for students in specific programs of study, allowing you to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree at COA.

Be sure to check the minimum transfer admissions requirements for the programs you’re interested in. Most University of North Carolina (UNC) system universities require at least 30 credit hours, and that transfer students meet the specific admission requirements for their major.

Visit our college transfer page for more information and links to four-year college transfer admissions websites.

Transfer Agreements

Engineering

Pharmaceutical Science – Clinical

Pharmaceutical Science – Biotechnology

Curriculum Guide

First Year

Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Student Success 1
ACA 122 College Transfer Success n/a none 1
Composition 6
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry ENG 011 ENG 002 Tier 1 3
ENG 112 Writing/Research in the Disciplines n/a ENG 111 3
Humanities/Fine Art 6
Select two courses from the following:
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), ENG 261 (ENG 112), ENG 262 (ENG 112) MUS 110 (none), MUS 112 (none), PHI 215 (ENG 111), PHI 240 (ENG 111), or REL 110 (none)
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences 9
Select three courses from at least two different disciplines:
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)
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
Mathematics 3 – 4
Select one course from:
MAT 143 – 3 credit hours (MAT 003 Tier 1 and ENG 002 Tier 1), MAT 152 – 4 credit hours (MAT 003 Tier 1 and ENG 002 Tier 1), or MAT 171 – 4 credit hours (MAT 003 Tier 2 or MAT 143 or MAT 152)
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3 – 4
Natural Sciences 8
Select two courses from:
AST 111 with AST 111A (MAT 003 Tier 1), BIO 111 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1), BIO 112 (BIO 111), CHM 151 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 2, and either CHM 090 or one unit of HS Chemistry), CHM 152 (CHM 151), or PHY 110 with PHY 110A (MAT 003 Tier 1)
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 4
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 4

Second Year

Course
Number
Course
Title
Corequisites Prerequisites Credits
Communications 3
COM 231 Public Speaking n/a ENG 111 3
Foreign Language 3
Select one course from:
SPA 111 or FRE 111. Students may substitute any foreign language course coded as General Education GEN ED: Humanities/Fine Arts from the COA list of Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) courses.
n/a n/a n/a none 3
Computer Science 3
Select one course from:
CIS 110 (ENG 002 Tier 1 and MAT 003 Tier 1)* or CIS 115 (MAT 003 Tier 1)*
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses 3
Other General Studies Hours 7
Select at least 7 additional credit hours from the COA list of Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) courses, coded either as Universal General Education Transfer Course (UGETC) or as General Education (GEN ED).
n/a n/a n/a varies — see catalog 7
Health/Wellness 2 – 3
Select 2 to 3 credit hours from:
HEA 110 – 3 credit hours (ENG 002 Tier 1), PED 110 – 2 credit hours (none), or two 1 credit hour PED activity courses (Level I and Beginning activity courses have no prerequisites; Level 2 and Intermediate activity courses have prerequisites of the corresponding Level 1 or Beginning activity courses.)
n/a n/a n/a varies — prerequisites in parentheses varies
none varies — prerequisites in parentheses varies
Additional Coursework 7 – 9
Select 7 to 9 additional credit hours from the COA list of Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) courses. (Number of hours of additional coursework needed is based upon course choices made in the first year mathematics course, in other general education hours, and in the health/wellness choice.) Courses should be chosen based upon requirements for student’s intended major at the receiving four-year institution. 7 – 9
n/a n/a n/a varies — see catalog n/a
n/a n/a n/a varies — see catalog n/a
n/a n/a n/a varies — see catalog n/a
n/a n/a n/a varies — see catalog n/a
Total Semester Hours Required for Associate Degree 60 – 61

*CIS 110. This requirement is used to demonstrate computer literacy to meet institutional core competencies. Students may also demonstrate this proficiency via high school articulated credit, course substitution, or credit by exam (CBE). Students requesting CBE must provide substantial reason(s) why they are qualified to sit for the exam. If computer literacy proficiency is demonstrated in a manner which does not result in degree credit, 3 credit hours of General Education electives from the CAA list must be taken in place of CIS 110.