SUBJECT: Associate Degree Requirements for Students First Attending Any Campus of USC on or After Fall 1990

POLICY #: STUD 160

AUTHORIZED BY: Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Revised Date 10/26/2001

APPROVED BY: Dean of the University Revised Date:

 

THIS SECTION APPLIES TO STUDENTS WHOSE FIRST TERM AT ANY CAMPUS OF USC WAS FALL 1990 OR LATER. (See USC Sumter Policy # STUD 150 for other students.)

  1. Students must be in a degree-seeking status at the beginning of the term in which application is submitted. This means that the Office of Admissions has approved him as a regular student. Non-degree status students include military specials, audit students, degree unclassified students, provisional limited students, probationary students, and all other categories of non-continuing status students.
  2. Students should submit an application for degree during the term in which they expect to complete all of the requirements.
  3. Effective with the Fall 2001 semester; all new degree-seeking students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in English 101 and 102.
  4. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: ASSOCIATE IN ARTS (AA),  ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE (AS)

ENGLISH 101, 102 (6 cred. for AA) (6 cred. for AS)

HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS (9-10cred. for AA) (6-7cred. for AS) Arts: English 200 level or higher); Foreign Language; History or Music; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Theatre & Speech; Women's Studies 111

SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (9 cred. for AA) (6 cred. for AS) Anthropology Anthropology; Economics; Geography; Government & International Studies; Psychology; Sociology; Women's Studies 112 

NATURAL SCIENCES (7-8 cred. for AA) (10-12 cred. for AS) Astronomy; Biology; Chemistry; Geology; Marine Science; Physics; Women's Studies 113

MATHEMATICS (Must be Math 111 or higher) (3 cred. for AA) (6 cred. for AS)

FREE ELECTIVES (24-27 cred. for AA or AS) (May not include ENGL 100, MATH 100 or UCAM 120)

A course that is repeated for which previous credit has been granted will not count toward an Associate Degree. However, for transfer students, only hours accepted for one's current major on an evaluated transfer credit summary will be counted toward a degree. Transfer students may have credits listed under "hours earned" which do not apply toward their degree. Students must check with the Office of Records & Registration if they have any questions concerning the number of hours that apply toward their degree. In addition to the 60 hours earned, a minimum of 15 hours must be earned at the University of South Carolina Sumter.

A minimum of 2.00 GPA. All grades through the semester in which the application is submitted will be calculated in the grade point average. For transfer students to earn honors, they must be earned on USC work alone or on transfer work and USC work combined. In addition, a transfer student must have earned at least 30 hours in residence at USC in order to qualify for honors.

  1. The degree evaluation will be based only for the "Degree Sought Code" on the Application for Degree form.
  2. Students who fail to indicate their plans for participation in commencement are automatically considered as not participating. The Office of Registrar will mail diplomas to students approximately six weeks after commencement.
  3. The University of South Carolina reserves the right to deny the awarding of a diploma to an ineligible student, even if prior approval was given.
  4. At times, the University confers a second Associate Degree upon candidates who have completed all requirements for the second Associate Degree, provided that a minimum of 15 semester hours in residence have been completed beyond those counted for the first Associate Degree. However, no second Associate Degree will be conferred upon a candidate who already holds the same Associate Degree, whether granted by USC or some other institution. Both the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees from USC Sumter are general degrees and considered to be the same. (Source: USC Sumter Faculty Organization Minutes, March 2, 1982).
  5. Students participating in commencement should order a cap and gown through the bookstore or borrow a cap and gown by the published deadline. The cap and gown fee is non-refundable. Students should be in line thirty minutes prior to commencement. No student will be allowed to participate in commencement if not in line twenty minutes prior to commencement.