Degrees/Certificates

 

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Shelton State Community College awards the Associate in Arts Degree, the Associate in Science Degree, the Associate in Applied Science Degree. The College also offers two types of certificate programs, certificate programs that are 30-60 semester hours in length and certificate programs that are 9-26 semester hours in length. The Associate in Arts Degree and the Associate in Science Degree are designed for students who wish to complete the freshman and sophomore years of a baccalaureate degree at Shelton State Community College and transfer to a senior college or university and complete the baccalaureate degree. The Associate in Applied Science Degree and the Certificate programs are designed for students who plan to seek employment based upon the competencies and skills attained through those programs of study. These degrees and certificates are included on the official Academic Inventory of Shelton State Community College maintained by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.

Shelton State Community College also offers a "Certificate of Completion" in some fields. The Certificate of Completion recognizes a student for successfully completing a specific curriculum or course of study. The Certificate of Completion is a local institutional award that is not included on the Academic Inventory of Shelton State Community College maintained by the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education.

The Alabama State Board of Education has directed that the Chancellor shall establish guidelines for the distribution of courses and areas of study within the degrees and certificates awarded under the authority of the Board.
 
Associate in Arts and Associate in Science
Associate in Applied Science
Long and Short Certificates
SACS Requirements
Transfer Curriculum Guides (AA or AS)
Associate in Applied Science
Certificate Programs
 

1. Associate in Arts and Associate in Science

    The guidelines from the Chancellor regarding degree requirements for these awards ensure conformity with Act 94-202 of the Alabama legislature. In March of 1994, the Alabama State Legislature in Act 94-202 created the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC). The legislature charged the AGSC to develop a statewide freshman and sophomore general studies curriculum to be taken at all public colleges and universities. This curriculum was effective September 1, 1998, and is the basis for the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees offered by Shelton State Community College. It should be noted that the AGSC curriculum and the Chancellor's guidelines regarding this curriculum do not distinguish between the Associate in Arts and the Associate in Science degrees. The Shelton State Community College AA and AS degree requirements (approved curriculum) as established by the Chancellor's guidelines and based on the work of the Articulation and General Studies Committee are as follows:

Area I. Written Composition 6 semester hours


Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts 12 semester hours

    Requirements include at least twelve (12) semester hours in humanities are required, with a minimum of three (3) semester hours in literature*, three (3) semester hours in the arts, and the remaining hours from the humanities and/or fine arts. In addition to literature, disciplines in the humanities include, but are not limited to, philosophy, religious studies, speech, foreign languages, art, music, theatre, and dance. Courses should be broad in scope and content rather than specific and should emphasize a global perspective. Courses in the arts should emphasize history and appreciation rather than performance. Examples in the humanities and fine arts include, but are not limited to, world literature, art history, music appreciation, comparative religions, and history or origins of dance.

*Students must complete a 6-semester-hour sequence either in literature or in history.

Area III. Natural Sciences and Mathematics 11 semester hours

    Study in the natural sciences and mathematics emphasizes the scientific method and applies quantitative or inductive reasoning. Requirements include at least eleven (11) semester hours with at least three (3) semester hours in mathematics at the precalculus algebra level or higher and at least eight (8) semester hours in the natural sciences which must include laboratory experiences.

Area IV. History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 12 semester hours

    Study in history and the social and behavioral sciences deals primarily with the study of human behavior, social and political structures, and economics. Requirements include twelve (12) semester-hours with at least a three (3)-semester-hour course in history* and at least six (6) semester hours from among other disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.

*Students must complete a six(6) semester-hour sequence either in literature or in history.

Area V. Pre-Professional, Major, and Elective Courses.. 19-23 semester hours

    Courses appropriate to the degree requirements and major of the individual student or electives.

The AGSC Approved Course List


    The Alabama State Legislature also charged the Articulation and General Studies Committee (AGSC) with developing, by September 1999, a statewide articulation agreement for the freshman and sophomore years for the transfer of credit among all public institutions of higher education in Alabama. In order to facilitate this agreement, the AGSC established some twenty (20) different discipline committees to review and approve general studies courses for their specific disciplines. These committees are made up of representatives from higher education institutions around the state. The AGSC and the discipline committees work with all the chief academic officers from the two- and four-year institutions in Alabama to facilitate the proposal, review, and approval of individual general studies courses for Areas I-IV. A result of this effort is a list of specific courses which are approved for transfer within Areas I-IV. The curriculum guides described below contain courses in the curriculum of Shelton State Community College which are contained on the AGSC Approved Course List. NOTE: This list also is known as the STARS list because of its association with the Statewide Articulation Reporting System, a computerized articulation and transfer planning system developed by Troy State University and adopted by the Alabama State legislature.

2. Associate in Applied Science

    The guidelines from the Chancellor regarding requirements the Associate in Applied Science degree are as follows::

        Area I. Written Composition 3-6 semester hours
        Area II. Humanities and Fine Arts 3-6 semester hours
        Area III. Natural Sciences and Mathematics 9-11 semester hours

        A minimum of three (3) hours of mathematics is required. Also required: one computer science course or demonstrated computer literacy skills or the integration of computer proficiencies within a required discipline-specific course or courses.
        Area IV. History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 3-6 semester hours
        Area V. General Education, Technical Concentration and Electives 47-58 semester hours

 

    Maximum Program Semester Credit Hours 76 semester hours
    Total Credit Hour Range 60-76 semester hours

3.  Long Certificate: 30-60 Semester Hours

    The Chancellor's guidelines require the following:
    Area I: Written Composition 2-6 semester hours
    Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts 2-6 semester hours

    Speech is required unless provisions for addressing oral communication competencies represent an integral module in a required discipline-specific course.
    Area III: Natural Science and Mathematics 6 semester hours
    Area IV: History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 0 semester hours
    Area V: General Education, Technical Concentration, and Electives 42-50 semester hours
    Maximum Program Semester Credit Hours 60 semester hours
    Total Credit Hour Range 30-60 semester hours


4.  Short Certificate: 9-26 Semester Hours

    The Chancellor's guidelines require the following:
    Area I: Written Composition 0-3 semester hours
    Area II: Humanities and Fine Arts 0 semester hours
   
Speech is required unless provisions for addressing oral communication competencies represent an integral module in a required discipline-specific course.
    Area III: Natural Science and Mathematics 0-3 semester hours
    Area IV: History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 0 semester hours
    Area V: General Education, Technical Concentration, and Electives 20-26 semester hours
    Maximum Program Semester Credit Hours 26 semester hours
    Total Credit Hour Range 9-26 semester hours


It is the intent of the compilers of this catalog that it contain policies, procedures, and guidelines adopted or approved by The Alabama State Board of Education. Users are cautioned that changes in policies, procedures, and guidelines may have occurred since the publication of this material. In the event of such a conflict, the current statements of Board policy will prevail.

 Requirements of the SACS and the Commission on Colleges


    In addition to the requirements of the Chancellor's guidelines, the degrees offered by Shelton State Community College must satisfy the requirements of the regional accrediting agency of the College. The regional accrediting agency for Shelton State Community College is the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

    The Criteria for Accreditation of that agency requires that an institution demonstrate that the graduates of its degree programs are competent in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills and the basic use of computers. The admission requirements of the College and the specific course requirements described in the Chancellor's guidelines described above ensure that the graduates of degree programs demonstrate competence in reading, writing, and fundamental mathematical skills. In order to demonstrate competence in oral communication and the basic use of computers, Shelton State Community College requires most of its degree graduates to take a course in speech and to take a course in the basic use of computers. Provisions are also made for students to document these competencies by other means if these specific course requirements are not suitable for their program of study.

C. Additional Requirements

    Shelton State Community College also requires a three-semester hour course in personal health of its degree graduates. This requirement may not be imposed if the course will not fit into a student's program of study, either as a required course or as an elective.

D. Definition of a Major or Field of Concentration

    According to Alabama State Board of Education and the guidelines established by the Chancellor, the AA and AS degrees at Shelton State Community College consists of a general education component (Areas I-IV) and a pre-professional, pre-major, field of concentration component (Area V). For many fields of study, the Area V requirements do not actually contain a major or area of concentration but describes courses from a variety of fields which transfer and count toward a baccalaureate in a particular discipline. Area V requirement for other fields of study do contain a substantial number of courses (at least four/12 semester hours) from a single discipline and, thus, can be said to define a major or field of concentration.

    Using this definition, for its AA and AS degrees, Shelton State Community College offers majors or areas of concentration in art, theatre, business administration, chemistry, mathematics, and music. All programs of study in the Associate in Applied Science degrees contain sufficient courses in a single field to constitute an associate degree area of concentration.

Although the publisher of this catalog has made every reasonable effort to attain factual accuracy herein, no responsibility is assumed for editorial, clerical, or printer errors or errors occasioned by honest mistake. All information contained in this catalog is subject to change by the appropriate officials of Shelton State Community College without prior notice.

TRANSFER OPPORTUNITY CURRICULUM GUIDES AND PROGRAMS OF STUDY INDEX

Associate in Science/Associate in Arts Degrees Awarded:

General Studies

Associate in Arts/Associate in Science:
Transfer Opportunity Curriculum Guides

Advertising and Public Relations
Art
Biology
Biomedical Sciences
Business Administration
Chemistry
Communications Studies
Consumer Sciences
Child Development
Cytotechnology
Dentistry (Pre-Dentistry)
Education
Early Childhood, Elementary, Special Education K-6
Middle School and Secondary
Fitness Management (Non-Teaching Track)

Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Science Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Industrial/Materials/Mechanical Engineering
English
Food and Nutrition
Forestry
Health Information Management
History
Human Development and Family Studies
Journalism
Interior Design
Law (Pre-Law)
Mathematics
Medical Technology/Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Medicine (Pre-Med)
Music
Nuclear Medicine Technology
Nursing (Pre-Nursing)
Occupational Therapy (Pre-Occupational Therapy)
Pharmacy (Pre-pharmacy) Auburn University
Physical Therapy (Pre-Physical Therapy)
Psychology
Radiologic Sciences (Pre-Radiologic Sciences)
Respiratory Therapy/Cardiopulmonary Sciences
Social Work
Speech Communication
Theatre

Associate in Applied Science Degree Programs:
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
Business (See Management and Supervision)
Commercial Art
Computer Science
Information Technology
Computerized Numerical Control
Drafting Technology
Electrical Technology
Electronics (Industrial Electronics Technology)
Funeral Services Education
Information Technology
Machine Tool Technology
Management and Supervision
Child Care
Wellness and Fitness Management
Nursing
Office Administration
Respiratory Care Technology
Water & Wastewater Management and Technology

Certificate Programs
Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
Auto Body Repair
Automotive Mechanics
Child Development
Commercial Art - Advertising and Design
Commercial Food Service
Computerized Numerical Control
Cosmetology
Cosmetology - Esthetics
Cosmetology - Instructor Training
Cosmetology - Nail Technician
Diesel Mechanics
Drafting Technology
Electrical Technology
Electronics (Industrial Electronics Technology)
Emergency Medical Technician
Industrial Maintenance Technology
Landscape Operation Management
Machine Tool Technology
Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide
Paralegal Studies
Practical Nursing
Truck Driving
Turf Management
Water/Wastewater Plant Operator
Webmaster
Welding
Wellness Exercise Instructor