Associate of Arts* and Associate of Science Degree
University Parallel Major
Students who desire to earn a baccalaureate degree at a four-year college or university may complete the first two years at Volunteer State Community College by enrolling in the Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science degree programs. The advantages in taking the first two years of a baccalaureate degree at Volunteer State are: (a) Volunteer State’s maintenance fees are among the lowest of any public college or university in Tennessee; (b) Volunteer State’s faculty specialize in the first two years of a student’s college education; (c) Volunteer State is student-oriented; (d) at Volunteer State, students may begin at their own level of competence; and (e) students actually complete an approved program of study mid-way through the baccalaureate program.
Volunteer State works closely with students and sister institutions of higher education to ensure smooth transfer. Both course-by-course Equivalency Tables and program articulation agreements have been developed between Volunteer State and other colleges and universities such as Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and Tennessee Technological University. Student copies of both program articulation agreements and Course Equivalency Tables for these and other institutions are available in the Advising Center.
The Curriculum Guides that follow are suggested courses of study designed to include general education and foundation courses needed for a major in a given field of study at the baccalaureate level. Because every school has different requirements, the Curriculum Guides are not intended to represent requirements for any one particular college or university. Students should obtain a copy of the catalog of the senior institution to which they plan to transfer and use it during advisement and registration to make sure that the courses selected meet the first two years’ requirements at the receiving institution. Substitutions to meet unique requirements at a specific institution may be requested.
- Students may receive an Associate of Arts degree in any Curriculum Guide (listed below) by completing two semesters of the same college-level foreign language.
- All Curriculum Guides, except for Foreign Languages, lead to an Associate of Science degree. Students who follow the Curriculum Guide for Foreign Languages will receive an Associate of Arts degree.
All Volunteer State students are encouraged to complete the Associate Degree prior to continuing their education elsewhere.
Associate of Arts Degree#
Associate of Science Degree
Major: University Parallel
Summary of Required Hours
*Communication (SPCH 1010 or 103; and ENGL 1010, 1020) - 9
*Humanities and/or Fine Arts (at least one course must be in Literature) - 9
*History - 6
*Mathematics - 3
*Natural Sciences - 8
*Social/Behavioral Sciences - 6
^Area of Emphasis - 19
Total Degree Requirements - 60
*See General Education Core for a list of approved courses.
# Students may receive an Associate of Arts degree in any area of emphasis by completing two semesters of the same college-level foreign language.
^Area of Emphasis should be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and the institution to which the student intends to transfer.
Note: Credit hours earned for Learning Support or developmental courses are institutional credit; these hours are not applicable to credit hours required for an associate degree.
Associate of Arts Degree
Associate of Science Degree
Associate of Science in Teaching Degree
Curriculum Guides: Areas of Emphasis
For information and advising in a specific area of emphasis, contact the academic division listed.
Business: Accounting, Aviation, Business Administration, Business Education, Information Systems
Humanities: Art (Studio), Bluegrass, Communication: Journalism, English, Foreign Languages, Liberal Arts, Mass Communication, Music, Philosophy, Recording Industry Management, Speech Communication, Theatre Arts
Mathematics & Science: Agriculture, Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Mathematics, Mathematics and Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Pre-Dental Hygiene, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Health Professions (Dentistry, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine), Pre-Nursing, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physical Therapy
Social Science & Education: Associate in Science in Teaching Degree K-6, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elementary Education, Exercise Science, Geography, Health, PE & Sports Medicine, History, Homeland Security, Human Services, Kinesiology, Political Science, Pre-Law, Psychology, Secondary Education, Social Science & Education, Sociology,
Regents Online Degree Program
Tennessee Board of Regents’ Common Lower-Division
General Education Core Curriculum
Effective Fall Semester 2004, each institution in the State University and Community College System of Tennessee (the Tennessee Board of Regents System) will share a common lower-division general education core curriculum of forty-one (41) semester hours for baccalaureate degrees and the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees. Lower-division means freshman and sophomore courses. The courses comprising the general education curriculum are contained within the following subject categories:
Baccalaureate Degrees and Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees*
Communication 9 hours**
Humanities and/or Fine Arts 9 hours (At least one course must be in literature.)
Social/Behavioral Sciences 6 hours
History 6 hours ***
Natural Sciences 8 hours
Mathematics 3 hours
TOTAL 41 hours
*Foreign language courses are an additional requirement for the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees. The B.A. degree requires proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of two years of college-level work. The A.A. degree requires proficiency in a foreign language equivalent to completion of one year of college-level work.
**Six hours of English Composition and three hours in English oral presentational communication are required.
***Students who plan to transfer to Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) universities should take six hours of United States History (three hours of Tennessee History may substitute). Students who plan to transfer to University of Tennessee System universities or to out-of-state or private universities should check requirements and take the appropriate courses.
Although the courses designated by TBR institutions to fulfill the requirements of the general education subject categories vary, transfer of the courses is assured through the following means:
- Upon completion of an A.A. or A.S. degree, the requirements of the lower-division general education core will be complete and accepted by a TBR university in the transfer process.
- If an A.A. or A.S. is not obtained, transfer of general education courses will be based upon fulfillment of complete subject categories. (Example: If all eight hours in the category of Natural Sciences are complete, then this”block” of the general education core is complete.) When a subject category is incomplete, course-by-course evaluation will be conducted. The provision of block fulfillment pertains also to students who transfer among TBR universities.
- Institutional/departmental requirements of the grade of “C” will be honored. Even if credit is granted for a course, any specific requirements for the grade of “C” by the receiving institution will be enforced.
- In certain majors, specific courses must be taken also in general education. It is important that students and advisors be aware of any major requirements that must be fulfilled under lower-division general education.
Courses designated to fulfill general education requirements by Volunteer State Community College are published on the following page. Although the courses fulfilling the common lower-division general education core curriculum may vary in actual design among institutions, many contain similar content. The actual courses designated by each institution to fulfill the common lower-division general core, including courses that may not be a part of the common course prefix and numbering patterns, are denoted in the catalogs by the ♦ symbol. A complete listing of the courses fulfilling general education requirements for all system institutions is available on the TBR website (www.tbr.edu) under Transfer and Articulation Information.