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Degrees and Certificates

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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.

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 (A.A.S.)

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.

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