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2014-2015 VSCC Catalog 
2014-2015 VSCC Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Definition of Degrees

Associate of Applied Science Degree - A.A.S.

The Associate of Applied Science curriculum is designed for students planning to enter the job market immediately upon graduation or to grow within their career. The general education core of courses included in the curriculum provides the student with a foundation of general education on which to base specialized career-oriented course work. Courses are also designed to assist the student in attaining the knowledge and outcomes represented by the ten General Education goals of the College.

Associate of Applied Science General Education Core

Courses That Fulfill Minimum Degree Requirements

English Composition (ENGL 1010) 3 credit hours
*Humanities/Fine Arts 3 credit hours
*Natural Science/Mathematics 3-4 credit hours
*Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
*One additional course 3-4 credit hours from the categories of:
Humanities/Fine Arts
Social/Behavioral Sciences
or Natural Science/Mathematics
Total General Education Core 15-17 credit hours
Total Degree Requirements 60-75 credit hours

*Specific courses satisfying these requirements must be the same courses that satisfy the general education requirement for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Fine Arts degree as shown in the General Education Requirement section.

Associate of Fine Arts Degree - A.F.A.

The A.F.A Degree in Music is part of a comprehensive degree preparing students for a career in many facets of music and music education. Our mission is to give students a solid foundation in music while providing them with a range of performance and creative opportunities. The program offers a diverse music theory curriculum that creates a dynamic, rich learning environment for students to pursue their passion for music and performing.

Associate of Science in Teaching Degree - A.S.T.

The Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) is designed for anyone interested in teaching elementary school. The A.S.T. curriculum is designed for students who wish to complete the first two years of a program toward teacher certification in K-6 (elementary education) and then transfer to a Tennessee Board of Regents University for the completion of their four year degree. This curriculum will meet the lower division requirements for transfer to a Tennessee Board of Regents senior institution granting the bachelor’s degree in elementary education. Due to varying requirements of four-year institutions, students are encouraged to select courses in consultation with an education advisor.

University Parallel Major - A.A.* & A.S.

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, the Associate of Science or the Associate of Fine Arts 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. Student copies of both program articulation agreements and Course Equivalency Tables for these and other institutions are available in the Advising Center. In addition, Volunteer State Community College participates in the Tennessee Transfer Pathways.  See Tennessee Transfer Pathways (T.T.P) below.

Suggested courses of study are 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.

 All Volunteer State students are encouraged to complete the Associate Degree prior to continuing their education elsewhere.

 Students may receive an Associate of Arts degree in some areas of emphasis by completing two semesters of the same college-level foreign language.

Tennessee Transfer Pathways (T.T.P.)

Volunteer State Community College is proud to participate in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway program. Volunteer State students who want to complete a bachelor’s degree now have a guarantee that their credits will transfer to a Tennessee public university and certain private colleges and universities, if they choose one of 50 different majors offering transfer pathways. Volunteer State students who complete the required courses will earn an associates degree and then transition seamlessly as a junior to the participating four-year college or university. All earned credit hours will apply toward a bachelor’s degree in the same academic area.
Note: There Are To Be No Course Substitutions In This Program. This Program Has Been Approved By The Tennessee Board Of Regents.

For more details on the Tennessee Transfer Pathways, please visit the website: www.tntransferpathway.org

 Technical Certificates

Technical Certificates are offered by Volunteer State Community College to indicate a satisfactory level of achievement in selected programs that require less than two years of full-time study. Certificate programs offer college credit and are designed to give the student minimum essential core subjects necessary to enter a career. Health Sciences Certificate programs have selected admission requirements. The Paralegal Certificate also has admission requirements.