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JCC, in affiliation with the State University of New York (SUNY), offers three types of degree programs:

  • Associate in Arts (A.A.)
  • Associate in Science (A.S.)
  • Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The college also offers certificate programs.

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Descriptions

Associate in Arts (A.A.)

JCC is authorized to offer the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities, Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Science, and Global Studies. The course of study for each consists primarily of courses in the liberal arts. The A.A. degrees are primarily intended to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university to enter a bachelor's degree program in a specialized area.

To earn the A.A. degree, a minimum of 48 credit hours of study must be taken in the liberal arts and sciences. These 48 hours must include a breadth and depth in the liberal arts and sciences. For all three A.A. degrees, breadth requires a minimum of nine credit hours in each of the three categories: humanities, mathematics and science, and social sciences. For the A.A.: Liberal Arts and Sciences: Humanities and the A.A.: Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Sciences, depth requires a minimum of 24 credits hours in one of these three categories. For the Global Studies degree, the depth requirement is met in the program core requirements.

Associate in Science (A.S.)

JCC is authorized to award Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees in biotechnology, business administration, communication, computer science, criminal justice, engineering, environmental science, fine arts, human services, individual studies, Liberal Arts & Sciences: Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences: Math/Science, Media Arts, and Physical Education Studies.

Intended as a transfer degree, the A.S. degree programs offered by JCC are designed to prepare students to enter a bachelor's degree program at a four-year college or university.

The A.S. degree programs provide a course of study which demonstrates a balance between the liberal arts and sciences and those courses related to specific professions. Students earning the A.S. degree are prepared to enter Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree programs in such areas as art, engineering science, business, chemistry, biology, mathematics, geology, physics, computer science, communication, education, music, and human services.

To earn the A.S. degree, a minimum of 30 credit hours of study must be taken in the liberal arts and sciences and must include both breadth and depth. The breadth includes a minimum of six hours in each of three categories: humanities, social sciences, and mathematics and sciences. The depth includes a minimum of 18 credit hours in one of these categories or a career area where appropriate.

Associate in Applied Science

JCC is authorized to offer Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in the following areas: accounting, business administration, computer information systems, criminal justice-police, early childhood, human services, individual studies, information technology, mechanical technology, medical office technology, office technology, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, professional piloting, and welding technology.

The course of study for these degree programs includes a balance between courses related to career areas and the liberal arts and social sciences. The sequence of courses in A.A.S. degrees is designed to prepare the student for proficiency in a specific career and provide a minimum of 20 credit hours in the liberal arts and sciences. These 20 credit hours must be distributed to include a minimum of six hours in each of three categories: humanities, social sciences, and mathematics and science. The remainder of each degree program consists of core courses related to a specific field and electives. Some A.A.S. degree programs require more than 60 credit hours for completion.

Originally intended as career degrees, some A.A.S. degree programs are transferable to four-year colleges and universities. The development of new degree programs by four-year colleges and universities are designed to make it possible for some A.A.S. degree holders to transfer.

In recent years a growing number of JCC graduates with A.A.S. degrees transfer to bachelor's degree programs while others enter the work world after graduation. Specific information about the transferability of the A.A.S. degree is available from program faculty or at the counseling centers.

Certificate Programs

Any student who wishes to receive a certificate must complete all courses listed in the certificate with a minimum 2.0 cumulative average. If a student transfers in appropriate credits toward a certificate, a minimum of 15 JCC credits will be required to award the certificate. A student may only transfer back a maximum of three of the last credits toward a certificate.

General Degree Requirements
  • Students must meet both program and degree graduation requirements in place at the time of first matriculation or any subsequent set of requirements. Requirements for additional degrees are based on matriculation into that program. Degree requirements are outlined throughout the Academic Information section of the catalog. Specific requirements are listed for each program in the following pages.
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better in at least 60 credit hours. (A minimum of 30 credits must be earned from JCC.)
  • Complete graduation application at least five weeks prior to graduation.
  • First time, full-time students are required to take INT 1520: Student Success Seminar.
Graduation Requirements by Degree
  Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) Minimum Requirements SUNY General Education (SUNY)** Minimum Requirements JCC Specific General Education (JCC)* Minimum Requirements

Associate in Arts

Minimum of 48 credits with at least 9 credits each in:

• humanities (H)
• mathematics/sciences (N)
• social sciences (S)
• with at least 24 credits in one of the categories (H, N, or S)

Minimum of 30 credits in at least 7 of the 10 categories. SUNY Gen Ed categories:

• Math (MATH)
• Natural Sciences (NSCI)
• Social Sciences (SOCS)
• American History (AHIS)
• Other World Civilizations (OCIV)
• Western Civilizations (WCIV)
• Humanities (HUMA)
• Arts (ARTS)
• Foreign Language (FLAN)
• Basic Communication (BCOM)
• MATH and BCOM must be among the seven categories

Minimum of one course in each of the following areas:

• College-level Mathematics (CMAT)
• ENG 1530: English Composition II (CENG) College-level Writing (3 credits), other than ENG 1530 (CWRT)
• Scientific Reasoning (SR)
• Values, Ethics, and Diverse Perspectives (VEDP)

Associate in Science

Minimum of 30 credits with at least 6 credits each in:

• humanities (H)
• mathematics/sciences (N)
• social sciences (S)
• with at least 18 credits in one of the categories (H, N, S, or C)

Minimum of 30 credits in at least 7 of the 10 categories. SUNY Gen Ed categories:

• Math (MATH)
• Natural Sciences (NSCI)
• Social Sciences (SOCS)
• American History (AHIS)
• Other World Civilizations (OCIV)
• Western Civilizations (WCIV)
• Humanities (HUMA)
• Arts (ARTS)
• Foreign Language (FLAN)
• Basic Communication (BCOM)
• MATH and BCOM must be among the seven categories

Minimum of one course in each of the following areas:

• College-level Mathematics (CMAT)
• ENG 1530: English Composition II (CENG)
• College-level Writing (3 credits), other than ENG 1530 (CWRT)
• Scientific Reasoning (SR)
• Values, Ethics, and Diverse Perspectives (VEDP)

Associate in Applied Science

Minimum of 20 credits with at least 6 credits each in:

• humanities (H)
• mathematics/sciences (N)
• social sciences (S) 

none

Minimum of one course in each of the following areas:

• College-level Mathematics (CMAT)
• ENG 1530: English Composition II (CENG)
• College-level Writing (3 credits), other than ENG 1530 (CWRT)
• Scientific Reasoning (SR)
• Values, Ethics, and Diverse Perspectives (VEDP)

* Please note: Other JCC General Education requirements are embedded within each program. See JCC General Education Requirements section for more information.
** Engineering requires a minimum of 30 credits in at least five of the 10 categories, including MATH and BCOM.
Certificate requirements are specific to each program.

Course Information

The following information is designed to assist students in the selection of appropriate courses to meet the Liberal Arts & Sciences (LAS) distribution requirements of a degree program. Students should consult the current college master schedule for a list of courses approved as State University of New York general education requirements (SUNY GER), values, ethics, & diverse perspectives (VEDP), and scientific reasoning (SR). Specific course attributes may be found on each master course syllabus and online through Banner.

Liberal Arts & Sciences Courses
Courses that hold a Liberal Arts & Sciences designation include courses of a general or theoretical nature that are designed to develop judgment and understanding about human beings’ relationship to the social, cultural, and natural facets of their total environment.

Humanities
In general, courses in Art (ART), English (ENG), Communication (CMM), Humanities (HUM), Drama (DAN, THE), Languages (ARA, ASL, FRE, RUS, SPA), Music (MUS), Philosophy (PHL), and Religion (REL) which focus on history, composition, theory, and/or appreciation within these disciplines are considered humanities courses. Courses within these disciplines that focus on performance, studio work, or practical experiences do not count as a humanities, but rather as career and/or electives.

Mathematics/Sciences
In general, courses in Math (MAT), Astronomy (AST), Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHE), Engineering (ENR), Geology (GLG), Meteorology (MET), and Physics (PHY) are considered math or natural sciences courses. Some courses within Computer Science and Criminal Justice are also classified as sciences. Courses within these disciplines that focus on practical experiences do not count as mathematics & sciences courses, but rather as career and/or electives.

Social Sciences
In general, courses in Anthropology (ANT), Sociology (SOC), Criminal Justice (CRI), Economics (ECO), History (HIS), Psychology (PSY), and Political Science (POL) are considered social sciences courses. Courses within these disciplines that focus on practical experiences do not count as social sciences courses, but rather as career and/or electives.

Career and/or Electives
In general, courses in Aviation (AVN), Business (BUS), Education (EDU), Electricity (ELC), Entrepreneurship (ENT), Human Development (HUM), Human Services (HUS), Library Science (LIB), Mechanical Technology (MCT), Medical Office Technology (MOT), Nursing (NUR), Occupational Therapy (OTA), Physical Education (PHE), Welding (WLD) and some courses in Criminal Justice (CRI), Computer Science (CSC), Interdisciplinary Studies (INT) are considered career and/or elective courses. These and any other courses that focus on practical experiences are considered career and/or electives.

Selected Studies
Each academic division may occasionally elect to offer courses of a topical or experimental nature which draw upon the special interests and expertise of the faculty members. These courses are listed in the master schedule and are numbered within the appropriate discipline at 7000-7999 (freshman level) or 8000-8999 (sophomore level); i.e. CMM 8503: Selected Studies - Public Relations. Selected Studies courses count as electives in JCC programs or may meet depth, distribution, or core requirements. Consult your faculty advisor or counselor for details.

Frequency of Course Offerings
All courses required to earn a specific associate degree are normally offered with such frequency that a full-time student can earn the degree in a two-year period. Each course description has designations indicating during which semester and on which campus (Jamestown - J, Cattaraugus County Campus - C, and Online) the college intends to offer the course. Certain courses do not have a designation indicating which semester they are offered. These courses may or may not be offered on the specified campus(es). The college reserves the right to cancel course offerings if enrollment is insufficient.

Course Numbering
Credit hours to be earned in each course are shown following the course title. Course numbers are designated as: 0000-0999 - imputed and developmental courses, 1000-1999 - freshman level courses, and 2000-2999 - sophomore level courses.

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