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Catawba Valley Community College 2017-2018 General Catalog 
Catawba Valley Community College 2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Arts (A10100)

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The Associate in Arts degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit (SHC) of college transfer courses. Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and basic computer use.

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) and the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) enables North Carolina community college graduates of two-year associate in arts programs who are admitted to constituent institutions of The University of North Carolina and to Signatory Institutions of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities to transfer with junior status.

Community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer with a junior status. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.

General Education Courses (Total of 45 SHC):


Students will select the first 31-32 hours of the 45-hour General Education Requirement from the classes listed below. All of these courses are classified by the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement as Universal General Education Transfer Component courses (UGETC), and they will transfer to UNC institutions for equivalency credit.

English Composition (6 SHC):

Humanities/Fine Arts/Communications (9 SHC):

Select three (3) courses below from at least two (2) different disciplines:

Social/Behavioral Sciences (9 SHC):

Select three (3) courses below from at least two (2) different disciplines:

Mathematics (3/4 SHC):

Select one (1) course from the following:

Natural/Physical Sciences (4 SHC):

Select one (1) course or (1) course and lab that equal four (4) SHC from the following course(s):

Additional General Education Hours (13/14 SHC):

An additional 13-14 SHC of courses should be selected from one of the following lists:

Total General Education Hours Required: 45

Other Required Hours (Total of 15 SHC):

An additional 14 SHC of courses should be selected from the following lists:

Total Semester Hours Credit (SHC) in Program: 60-61

One semester hour of credit may be included in a 61 SHC Associate in Arts program of study. The transfer of this hour is not guaranteed.

Students must meet the receiving university’s foreign language and/or health and physical education requirements, if applicable, prior to or after transfer to the senior institution.

Developmental Course Requirements

Developmental coursework (including all prerequisites) will be required of students whose placement test scores indicate a need for greater proficiency in the areas of reading, English, and mathematics. Please refer to the Course Description section for prerequisite course information.

Students who elect to take (MAT 143/MAT 152) from below:


Students who elect to take (MAT 171) from below:

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