Major Code: 3101
Is a non-traditional degree completion opportunity at the associate degree level.
Program Goals and Objectives
It is specifically designed for adult learners to meet occupational goals, employment requirements, establish professional credentials, or achieve personal goals. The degree program provides the opportunity for adult learners to utilize credit for prior learning experiences via licenses, certificates, military credits and other non-collegiate sources while assuring maximum credit transferability.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Apply effective written and oral communication skills
- Work collaboratively in groups
- Think critically and solve problems
- Demonstrate practical application of quantitative and scientific reasoning skills
- Demonstrate analysis and evaluation of skill competencies derived from multiple sources including work, volunteer activities, hobbies, etc.
- Demonstrate understanding of principles of good citizenship
- Develop long-range vocational or transfer goals
- Demonstrate basic computer literacy and use of computerized communication technology
- Examine issues from a global perspective
- Demonstrate mastery of interdisciplinary competencies as defined in educational plan
General Education– 21 credit hours
- Communications – 6 credits hours (3 credits of ENGL 101 or equivalent is required)
- Mathematics/Sciences – 6 credit hours (3 credits hours of MATH – 100 level or higher is required)
- Social Sciences/Humanities – 6 credit hours
- Computer Literacy – 3 credit hours
- 39 Credit hours of General Electives
Credit hour requirements may be met through a variety of means such as:
- Traditional coursework
- Standardized exams
- Institutional Challenge exams
- Military Training
- Work and Life experiences (see note)
- Evaluation of non-collegiate sponsored instruction
- Students submitting a portfolio for assessment of credits for prior learning will be required to take GNST 130 – Introduction to Governors Portfolio.
- A $300 evaluation fee plus a $10 per credit hour posting fee is charged for portfolio evaluation/assessment. Evaluation fee is charged at time of submittal and posting fee is charged after the evaluation.
Students must take a General Education Proficiency Profile (ETS) exam prior to graduation.
Transfer Baccalaureate Options
(LINKS TO ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS, SPECIFIED VACCINATIONS, SAFETY REQUIREMENTS, ETC.)
Twelve credit hours from a regionally accredited higher education institution are required. A minimum of three credit hours from BVCTC are required.
Students are eligible for admission to the program two years after graduation from high school. In the case of those passing a high school equivalency exam, admission must be two years after their high school class has graduated.
Areas of Emphasis
Students enrolled in the Board of Governors AAS can be eligible for an area of emphasis. In order to receive an area of emphasis, a student must meet one of the following criteria:
- Completion of 15 credit hours of transcribed coursework from an accredited institution of higher learning in an occupational concentration with a minimum grade of C in each course, in program areas of study appropriate to the associate degrees offered at BVCTC.
- Completion of 15 credit hours obtained through extra-institutional credits in an occupational concentration appropriate to the associate degrees offered at BVCTC. Extra-institutional credits can be earned through programs such as those offered at vocational and technical centers as well as military occupational training programs.
- Completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours obtained through a combination of graded coursework from an accredited institution, in an occupation concentration with a minimum grade of C in each course (as described in #1) and extra-institutional credits in program areas of study appropriate for the associate-level degrees (as described in #2).
All credits either earned traditionally or through extra-institutional means must be transcribed to the student’s BVCTC records before areas of emphasis can be determined. The Program Coordinator is responsible for validating the completion of a defined area of concentration and will recommend the area of emphasis designation to the VPAA. The VPAA will give the final approval for the area of emphasis.
Proposed Areas of Emphasis:
Allied Health: ALHL, DENT, DMSU, EMST, GERO, HSRS, MEDC, MLAB, NUCM, NURS, RESP, VETT
Business Studies: ACCT, ATEC, BUSN, FINC, ECON, HMGT, MGMT, MRKT, PRLS, REAL, GAMN
Liberal Arts: ASLI, ARTS, COMM, CRJU, EDUC, ENGL, GNST, GEOG, HIST, HUMN, MATH, PHED, POLI, PSYC, SOCI, SPAN
Science and Technology: AMTE, AMTM, BIOL, BDAC, CHEM, CIET, CMGT, ISST, DESL, DRFT, ECET, MECH, ENVT, GNET, DSGN, HWAY, WVDH, INFT, CSCT, INST, GASM, MACH, MEET, MTCY, PHSC, PHYS, PWPT, PTEC, GAME, SBLT, GREN, WLDT