Degree Programs

Cuyahoga Community College offers the following five (5) degrees: Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Business, Associate of Applied Science and Associate of Technical Study.

All curriculum is approved through the established College curriculum approval process. Students petitioning for a degree must submit a petition form to the Enrollment Center according to the graduation deadline published in the Academic Calendar.

Essential Learning Outcomes

Essential Learning Statement of Purpose

Essential Learning refers to that broad body of knowledge and skills common to all educated people, regardless of their professions. A essential learning enables students to demonstrate measurable knowledge and intellectual skills that generate a lifelong habit of inquiry and decision-making. It fosters a better understanding of the world’s cultural complexity. It prepares students to be more responsible citizens and more judicious inhabitants of the world. The Essential Learning curriculum of Cuyahoga Community College prepares students for a more fulfilling life. 

Essential Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Cuyahoga Community College, students will become members of a community of learners who are knowledgeable and competent in the following areas:

Oral Communication

Demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal communication for an intended audience that is clear, concise, organized, and delivered following the standard conventions of that language.

Written Communication

Demonstrate effective written communication for an intended audience that follows genre/disciplinary conventions that reflect clarity, organization, and editing skills.

Critical/Creative Thinking

Analyze, evaluate, and and synthesize information in order to consider problems/ideas and transform them in innovative or imaginative ways.

Information Literacy

Acquire, evaluate, and use information from credible sources in order to meet information needs for a specific research purpose.

Quantitative Reasoning

Analyze problems, including real-world scenarios, through the application of mathematical and numerical concepts and skills, including the interpretation of data, tables, charts, or graphs.

Cultural Sensitivity

Demonstrate sensitivity to the beliefs, views, values, and practices of cultures within and beyond the United States.

Civic Responsibility

Analyze the results of actions and inactions with the likely effects on the larger local and/or global communities.

Associate of Arts Degree and Associate of Science Degree

The Arts and Sciences curriculum includes a range of course offerings in liberal arts and sciences for all students at the College. Students may enroll in a sequence of courses to earn either the Associate of Arts degree or the Associate of Science degree.

Study in the arts and sciences is the classic approach for preparing oneself for life and its many challenges with a broad education founded in history, literature, social sciences, and natural and physical sciences.

For those students who wish to continue their studies toward the completion of a four-year degree after leaving Cuyahoga Community College, it will be necessary to plan a program that provides for eventual transfer of credits to a baccalaureate degree-granting college or university. A large number of Tri-C students plan programs that will transfer to four-year colleges and universities by enrolling in what is usually referred to as the Transfer, or University Parallel curriculum. This course work is the equivalent of the courses offered during the first two years at a four-year institution. Information about planning a program to transfer to a university is provided in the General Curriculum Information section of this Catalog.

Associate of Arts Degree

Degree candidates at Cuyahoga Community College must be in good standing. An Associate of Arts degree will be granted to the student completing the following requirements:

Comprehensive Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Arts degree prepares students to continue their education at the bachelor’s degree level. When selecting courses for this degree, students should select courses according to the requirements of their intended transfer destination school and major; Undecided students may use the state-approved Transfer Module as a general guide for transferability.

The following degree requirements are intended to help ensure that students with an Associate of Arts degree have completed the first two years of a baccalaureate degree.

  1. The satisfactory completion of 60 semester credit hours (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000-level or higher.
  2. The achievement of a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 for all courses attempted at Cuyahoga Community College (with exceptions as provided under College policies for repeating a course, Grade Forgiveness and Fresh Start).
  3. The completion of a minimum of 12 credits of advanced coursework (exclusive of physical education and 1800-level special topics and independent study/research courses) of the 60 semester credits. Advanced coursework is defined as follows: 2000-level courses, MATH-1400 level and above, BIO-1500 level and above, CHEM-1300 level and above, and PHYS-1200 level and above.
  4. The completion of no fewer than 20 of the required 60 semester hours (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000 level or higher while in attendance at Cuyahoga Community College.
  5. Special Topics, Independent Study/Research, and Cooperative Education courses may be applied to the general education and elective graduation requirements unless otherwise noted.

General Education Requirements

Each of the College’s degree programs require that students complete a set amount of courses in the areas of general education which include: Communication, Mathematics and Data Analysis, Natural and Physical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students completing the general education requirements, along with the specific program requirements for a degree will have achieved the College’s general education outcomes.

Communication (9 semester credits)

The communication skills of reading analytically, writing fluently, listening critically, and speaking articulately are essential. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

Mathematics and Data Analysis (3 semester credits)

The ability to integrate numerical, symbolical, and spatial methods for scientific inquiry into the physical, natural, or social and behavioral sciences is essential. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

  • Three (3) semester credits of Mathematics at the 1000-level or higher, selected from the following courses:

    MATH-1100Mathematical Explorations3
    MATH-1190Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning3
    MATH-1240Contemporary Mathematics3
    MATH-1370Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I4
    MATH-1380Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II4
    MATH-1410Elementary Probability and Statistics I3
    MATH-1420Elementary Probability and Statistics II3
    MATH-1470Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Science I4
    MATH-1480Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences II4
    MATH-1490Business Probability and Statistics I3
    MATH-1500Business Probability and Statistics II3
    MATH-1530College Algebra4
    MATH-153HHonors College Algebra4
    MATH-1540Trigonometry3
    MATH-154HHonors Trigonometry3
    MATH-1580Precalculus5
    MATH-1610Calculus I5
    MATH-161HHonors Calculus I5
    MATH-1620Calculus II5
    MATH-162HHonors Calculus II5
    MATH-2010Introduction to Discrete Mathematics4
    MATH-2310Calculus III4
    MATH-231HHonors Calculus III4
    MATH-2410Introduction to Linear Algebra3
    MATH-2520Differential Equations3

Natural and Physical Sciences (6 semester credits)

The ability to undertake scientific inquiry in the physical and biological sciences is essential for students seeking an Associate of Arts degree. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

Social and Behavioral Sciences (9 semester credits)

The opportunity to obtain a broader knowledge of the Social and Behavioral Sciences in order to understand, analyze, and describe aspects of human behavior from diverse political, social, historical, and cultural perspectives is an important part of a liberal arts education. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

Arts and Humanities (9 semester credits)

The appreciation of the achievements of the Arts and Humanities provides the ability to integrate learning within a complex global perspective; to gain an awareness of and respect for different cultures; and to integrate ethical decision making in dealing responsibly with personal, family, and community issues. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement: 

Elective Graduation Requirements

The remaining semester credit hours needed to complete the required minimum total of sixty (60) semester credits may be chosen from 1000-level courses and above, exclusive of developmental coursework and physical education. Courses taken for general education requirements cannot count toward fulfilling elective graduation requirements. Students wishing to maximize the use of credits toward a bachelor’s degree should select electives according to the requirements of their intended transfer destination school or major. The state-approved Transfer Module provides a general guide for transferability.

Cross-listed Courses

Cross-listed courses are identical courses offered in two or more subject areas. They differ only in subject area code and course number. Credit may be earned once for cross-listed courses. If a course is cross-listed with another course that fills a general education or program requirement, either course meets the requirement. 

Associate of Science Degree

Degree candidates at Cuyahoga Community College must be in good standing. An Associate of Science degree will be granted to the student completing the following requirements:

Comprehensive Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Science degree prepares students to continue their education at the bachelor’s degree level. When selecting courses for this degree, students should select courses according to the requirements of their intended transfer destination school and major; Undecided students may use the state-approved Transfer Module as a general guide for transferability.

The following degree requirements are intended to help ensure that students with an Associate of Science degree have completed the first two years of a baccalaureate degree.

  1. The satisfactory completion of 60 semester credit hours (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000-level or higher.
  2. The achievement of a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 for all courses attempted at Cuyahoga Community College (with exceptions as provided under College policies for repeating a course, Grade Forgiveness and Fresh Start).
  3. The completion of a minimum of 12 credits of advanced coursework (exclusive of physical education and 1800-level special topics and independent study/research courses) of the 60 semester credits. Advanced coursework is defined as follows: 2000-level courses, MATH-1400 level and above, BIO-1500 level and above, CHEM-1300 level and above, and PHYS-1200 level and above.
  4. The completion of no fewer than 20 of the required 60 semester hours (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000-level or higher while in attendance at Cuyahoga Community College.
  5. Special Topics, Independent Study/Research, and Cooperative Education courses may be applied to the general education and elective graduation requirements unless otherwise noted.

General Education Requirements

Each of the College’s degree programs require that students complete a set amount of courses in the areas of general education which include: Communication, Mathematics and Data Analysis, Natural and Physical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students completing the general education requirements, along with the specific program requirements for a degree will have achieved the College’s general education outcomes.

Communication (6 semester credits)

The communication skills of reading analytically, writing fluently, listening critically, and speaking articulately are essential. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

Mathematics and Data Analysis (6 semester credits)

The ability to integrate numerical, symbolical, and spatial methods for scientific inquiry into the physical, natural, or social and behavioral sciences is essential. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

Natural and Physical Sciences (15 semester credits)

The ability to undertake scientific inquiry in the physical and biological sciences is essential for students seeking an Associate of Science degree. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 semester credits)

The opportunity to obtain a broader knowledge of the Social and Behavioral Sciences in order to understand, analyze, and describe aspects of human behavior from diverse political, social, historical, and cultural perspectives is an important part of a liberal arts education. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

Arts and Humanities (6 semester credits)

The appreciation of the achievements of the Arts and Humanities provides the ability to integrate learning within a complex global perspective; to gain an awareness of and respect for different cultures; and to integrate ethical decision making in dealing responsibly with personal, family, and community issues. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement: 

Elective Graduation Requirements

The remaining semester credits needed to complete the required minimum total of sixty (60) semester credits may be chosen from 1000-level courses and above, exclusive of developmental coursework. Courses taken for general education requirements cannot count toward fulfilling elective graduation requirements. Students wishing to maximize the use of credits toward a bachelor’s degree should select electives according to the requirements of their intended transfer destination school or major. The state-approved Transfer Module provides a general guide for transferability.

Cross-listed Courses

Cross-listed courses are identical courses offered in two or more subject areas. They differ only in subject area code and course number. Credit may be earned once for cross-listed courses. If a course is cross-listed with another course that fills a general education or program requirement, either course meets the requirement. 

Associate of Applied Business Degree and Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate of Applied Business degree and Associate of Applied Science degree feature programs in the general areas of business technologies, health careers, engineering and industrial technologies, public service technologies, agriculture and natural resources technologies, and applied industrial technologies.

Tri-C offers more than 80 technical degree programs, many of which have career ladder plans consisting of Short-Term Certificates and Certificates of Proficiency developed to meet short-term objectives while pursuing associate degree goals. In addition, students in the Associate of Applied Business and Associate of Applied Science degree programs are expected to demonstrate proficiency in their career fields via capstone coursework.

Associate of Applied Business Degree

Degree candidates at Cuyahoga Community College must be in good standing. An Associate of Applied Business degree will be granted to the student completing the following requirements:

Comprehensive Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Applied Business degree prepares students with the skills necessary to enter and compete effectively in today’s workforce.

  1. The satisfactory completion of 60 semester credit hours (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000-level or higher.
  2. The achievement of a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 for all courses attempted at Cuyahoga Community College (with exceptions as provided under College policies for repeating a course, Grade Forgiveness and Fresh Start).
  3. The completion of a minimum of 12 credits of advanced coursework (exclusive of physical education and 1800-level special topics and independent study/research courses) of the 60 semester credits. Advanced coursework is defined as follows: 2000-level courses, MATH-1400 level and above, BIO-1500 level and above, CHEM-1300 level and above, and PHYS-1200 level and above.
  4. The completion of no fewer than 20 of the required 60 semester hours (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000 level or higher while in attendance at Cuyahoga Community College.
  5. Special Topics, Independent Study/Research, and Cooperative Education courses may be applied to the general education and program graduation requirements unless otherwise noted.

General Education Requirements

Each of the College’s degree programs require that students complete a set amount of courses in the areas of general education which include: Communication, Mathematics and Data Analysis, Natural and Physical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students completing the general education requirements, along with the specific program requirements for a degree will have achieved the College’s general education outcomes.

All Associate of Applied Business degrees have been designed to meet the general education requirements as listed below. Most programs have selected specific courses to meet the general education requirements. For program specific requirements and/or recommendations, see the Associate of Applied Degree program sequences in this Catalog.

Communication (6 semester credits)

The communication skills of reading analytically, writing fluently, listening critically, and speaking articulately are essential. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

  • ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I1
  • Three (3) semester credits selected from the following subject areas (exclusive of developmental education, ENG-1001 Intensive College Reading & Writing and English as a Second Language courses):
    American Sign Language
    ASL-1001Fingerspelling2
    ASL-1010Beginning American Sign Language I4
    ASL-1020Beginning American Sign Language II4
    ASL-1100Deaf Culture3
    ASL-2010Intermediate American Sign Language I4
    ASL-2020Intermediate American Sign Language II4
    ASL-2412Advanced American Sign Language I4
    ASL-2420Advanced American Sign Language II4
    English
    ENG-1020College Composition II3
    ENG-102HHonors College Composition II3
    ENG-2010Creative Writing3
    ENG-2020Women Writers on the Experiences of Women3
    ENG-2040Poetry Workshop3
    ENG-2050Personal & Reflective Writing3
    ENG-2151Technical Writing3
    ENG-2310American Literature I3
    ENG-2320American Literature II3
    ENG-2350British Literature I3
    ENG-2360British Literature II3
    ENG-2410Introduction to Literature: Poetry3
    ENG-2420Introduction to Literature: Fiction3
    ENG-2430Introduction to Literature: Drama3
    ENG-2450Introduction to Literature: Science Fiction3
    ENG-2510African-American Literature I3
    ENG-2520African-American Literature II3
    ENG-2601Literature for Children and Adolescents3
    ENG-2700World Literature3
    ENG-2710Shakespeare3
    ENG-2720Survey of Biblical Literature3
    ENG-2730Exploration of World Mythology3
    ENG-2740Literature and Film3
    ENG-2760Detective Fiction: Mystery, Murder, and Malice3
    Foreign Languages
    CHIN-1011Beginning Chinese Language and Culture I4
    CHIN-1021Beginning Chinese Language and Culture II4
    FREN-1010Beginning French I4
    FREN-1020Beginning French II4
    FREN-1040Study Abroad in Quebec - Beginner Level4
    FREN-2010Intermediate French I3
    FREN-2020Intermediate French II3
    FREN-2040Study Abroad in Quebec - Intermediate Level4
    FREN-2410French Conversation and Composition3
    GER-1010Beginning German I4
    GER-1020Beginning German II4
    GER-2010Intermediate German I3
    GER-2020Intermediate German II3
    ITAL-1010Beginning Italian I4
    ITAL-1020Beginning Italian II4
    ITAL-2010Intermediate Italian I3
    ITAL-2020Intermediate Italian II3
    ITAL-2410Italian Conversation and Composition3
    ITAL-2420Italian Civilization, Culture and Literature3
    JAPN-1011Beginning Japanese Language and Culture I4
    JAPN-1021Beginning Japanese Language and Culture II4
    JAPN-2011Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture I4
    JAPN-2021Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture II4
    JAPN-2411Advanced Japanese Language and Culture I3
    JAPN-2421Advanced Japanese Language and Culture II3
    RUSS-1010Beginning Russian I4
    RUSS-1020Beginning Russian II4
    RUSS-2010Intermediate Russian I3
    RUSS-2020Intermediate Russian II3
    RUSS-2410Russian Conversation and Composition3
    RUSS-2420Russian Literature and Culture3
    SPAN-1011Beginning Spanish Language and Cultures I4
    SPAN-1021Beginning Spanish Language and Culture II4
    SPAN-1030Spanish for Law Enforcement4
    SPAN-2010Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I3
    SPAN-2020Intermediate Spanish Language and Cultures II3
    SPAN-2411Spanish Conversation & Composition3
    SPAN-2420Introduction to Spanish Culture, Civilization, and Literature3
    SPAN-2430Civilization, Culture, and Literature of Latin America3
    Speech Communication
    SPCH-1000Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication3
    SPCH-1010Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
    SPCH-101HHonors Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
    SPCH-1050Voice and Diction3
    SPCH-1210Group Discussion3
    SPCH-2000Introduction to Communication Theory3
    SPCH-20103
    SPCH-2020Interviewing3
    SPCH-202AInterviewing Overview1
    SPCH-202BSelection Interviewing1
    SPCH-202CWorkplace Interviewing1
    SPCH-2050Oral Interpretation3
    SPCH-2060Interviewing for Information1
    SPCH-2070Relational Interviewing1
    SPCH-21103
    SPCH-2120Forensics Activity1
    SPCH-2130Business and Professional Communication3
    SPCH-2150Introduction to Speech Pathology3
    SPCH-2160Intercultural Communication3
    SPCH-2180Principles of Phonetics3

Mathematics and Data Analysis (3 semester credits)

The ability to integrate numerical methods for use in today’s workforce is essential. Students must complete the following to complete this requirement:

Arts and Humanities/Social and Behavioral Sciences/ Natural and Physical Sciences (6 semester credits)

The appreciation of the achievements of the Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences provides the ability to integrate learning within a complex global perspective; to gain an awareness of and respect for different cultures; to integrate ethical decision making in dealing responsibly with personal, family, and community issues; and to understand, analyze, and describe aspects of human behavior from diverse political, social, historical, and cultural perspectives. To meet this requirement, students must complete the following:

  • Select six (6) semester credits from at least 2 of the following areas, with a minimum of 3 credits in each area:
Arts and Humanities

Program Requirements 

Program requirements are outlined by the specific technical program sequences in this Catalog. Approximately one-half of each Associate of Applied Business program requirements must include a minimum of 15 additional credits of general education or applied general education (i.e., “basic” coursework), for a total of 30 credits of non-technical coursework. Applied general education includes a focus on “21st century” skills and knowledge, including: information and communication literacy; critical thinking and problem solving; interpersonal and collaborative skills; global awareness; and financial, economic, business and civic literacy. Technical program concentrations should consist of 12 to 16 semester credits of technical specialization including a minimum one-semester credit Capstone Course.

The Capstone Course provides students with opportunities to apply technical, oral, and written skills; to prepare resumes and/or portfolios and develop interview skills; to study history and trends in the profession; and/or to discuss ethical and global issues within the profession. The program requirements are identified in the Associate of Applied Degree program sequences in this Catalog.

Cross-listed Courses

Cross-listed courses are identical courses offered in two or more subject areas. They differ only in subject area code and course number. Credit may be earned once for cross-listed courses. If a course is cross-listed with another course that fills a general education or program requirement, either course meets the requirement. 

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Degree candidates at Cuyahoga Community College must be in good standing. An Associate of Applied Science degree will be granted to the student completing the following requirements:

Comprehensive Graduation Requirements

  1. The satisfactory completion of 60 semester credit hours (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000-level or higher.
  2. The achievement of a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 for all courses attempted at Cuyahoga Community College (with exceptions as provided under College policies for repeating a course, Grade Forgiveness and Fresh Start).
  3. The completion of a minimum of 12 credits of advanced coursework (exclusive of physical education and 1800-level special topics and independent study/research courses) of the 60 semester credits. Advanced coursework is defined as follows: 2000-level courses, MATH-1400 level and above, BIO-1500 level and above, CHEM-1300 level and above, and PHYS-1200 level and above.
  4. The completion of no fewer than 20 of the required 60 semester hours (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000-level or higher while in attendance at Cuyahoga Community College.
  5. Special Topics, Independent Study/Research, and Cooperative Education courses may be applied to the general education and program graduation requirements unless otherwise noted.

General Education Requirements

Each of the College’s degree programs require that students complete a set amount of courses in the areas of general education which include: Communication, Mathematics and Data Analysis, Natural and Physical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students completing the general education requirements, along with the specific program requirements for a degree will have achieved the College’s general education outcomes.

All Associate of Applied Science degrees have been designed to meet the general education requirements as listed below. Most programs have selected specific courses to meet the general education requirements. For program specific requirements and/or recommendations, see the Associate of Applied Degree program sequences in this Catalog.

Communication/Mathematics/Natural & Physical Sciences (6 semester credits)

The communication skills of reading analytically, writing fluently, listening critically, and speaking articulately are essential. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

  • ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I1
  • Three (3) semester credits selected from the following subject areas (exclusive of developmental education, ENG-1001 Intensive College Reading & Writing, and English as a Second Language courses):

1Students who transfer credits for ENG-1020 with a grade of "C" or higher and do not have credit for ENG-1010 will have ENG-1010 waived, but the required 6 credit hours in Communication/Math/Natural & Physical Sciences must be earned.
Communication

American Sign Language
ASL-1001Fingerspelling2
ASL-1010Beginning American Sign Language I4
ASL-1020Beginning American Sign Language II4
ASL-1100Deaf Culture3
ASL-2010Intermediate American Sign Language I4
ASL-2020Intermediate American Sign Language II4
ASL-2412Advanced American Sign Language I4
ASL-2420Advanced American Sign Language II4
English
ENG-1020College Composition II3
ENG-102HHonors College Composition II3
ENG-2010Creative Writing3
ENG-2020Women Writers on the Experiences of Women3
ENG-2040Poetry Workshop3
ENG-2050Personal & Reflective Writing3
ENG-2151Technical Writing3
ENG-2310American Literature I3
ENG-2320American Literature II3
ENG-2350British Literature I3
ENG-2360British Literature II3
ENG-2410Introduction to Literature: Poetry3
ENG-2420Introduction to Literature: Fiction3
ENG-2430Introduction to Literature: Drama3
ENG-2450Introduction to Literature: Science Fiction3
ENG-2510African-American Literature I3
ENG-2520African-American Literature II3
ENG-2601Literature for Children and Adolescents3
ENG-2700World Literature3
ENG-2710Shakespeare3
ENG-2720Survey of Biblical Literature3
ENG-2730Exploration of World Mythology3
ENG-2740Literature and Film3
ENG-2760Detective Fiction: Mystery, Murder, and Malice3
Foreign Languages
CHIN-1011Beginning Chinese Language and Culture I4
CHIN-1021Beginning Chinese Language and Culture II4
FREN-1010Beginning French I4
FREN-1020Beginning French II4
FREN-1040Study Abroad in Quebec - Beginner Level4
FREN-2010Intermediate French I3
FREN-2020Intermediate French II3
FREN-2040Study Abroad in Quebec - Intermediate Level4
FREN-2410French Conversation and Composition3
FREN-2420French Civilization and Literature3
GER-1010Beginning German I4
GER-1020Beginning German II4
GER-2010Intermediate German I3
GER-2020Intermediate German II3
ITAL-1010Beginning Italian I4
ITAL-1020Beginning Italian II4
ITAL-2010Intermediate Italian I3
ITAL-2020Intermediate Italian II3
ITAL-2410Italian Conversation and Composition3
ITAL-2420Italian Civilization, Culture and Literature3
JAPN-1011Beginning Japanese Language and Culture I4
JAPN-1021Beginning Japanese Language and Culture II4
JAPN-2011Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture I4
JAPN-2021Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture II4
JAPN-2411Advanced Japanese Language and Culture I3
JAPN-2421Advanced Japanese Language and Culture II3
RUSS-1010Beginning Russian I4
RUSS-1020Beginning Russian II4
RUSS-2010Intermediate Russian I3
RUSS-2020Intermediate Russian II3
RUSS-2410Russian Conversation and Composition3
RUSS-2420Russian Literature and Culture3
SPAN-1011Beginning Spanish Language and Cultures I4
SPAN-1021Beginning Spanish Language and Culture II4
SPAN-1030Spanish for Law Enforcement4
SPAN-2010Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I3
SPAN-2020Intermediate Spanish Language and Cultures II3
SPAN-2411Spanish Conversation & Composition3
SPAN-2420Introduction to Spanish Culture, Civilization, and Literature3
SPAN-2430Civilization, Culture, and Literature of Latin America3
Speech Communication
SPCH-1000Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication3
SPCH-1010Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
SPCH-101HHonors Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
SPCH-1050Voice and Diction3
SPCH-1210Group Discussion3
SPCH-2000Introduction to Communication Theory3
SPCH-20103
SPCH-2020Interviewing3
SPCH-202AInterviewing Overview1
SPCH-202BSelection Interviewing1
SPCH-202CWorkplace Interviewing1
SPCH-2050Oral Interpretation3
SPCH-2060Interviewing for Information1
SPCH-2070Relational Interviewing1
SPCH-21103
SPCH-2120Forensics Activity1
SPCH-2130Business and Professional Communication3
SPCH-2150Introduction to Speech Pathology3
SPCH-2160Intercultural Communication3
SPCH-2180Principles of Phonetics3
 Mathematics
MATH-1100Mathematical Explorations3
MATH-1190Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning3
MATH-1240Contemporary Mathematics3
MATH-1370Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I4
MATH-1380Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II4
MATH-1410Elementary Probability and Statistics I3
MATH-1420Elementary Probability and Statistics II3
MATH-1470Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Science I4
MATH-1480Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences II4
MATH-1490Business Probability and Statistics I3
MATH-1500Business Probability and Statistics II3
MATH-1530College Algebra4
MATH-153HHonors College Algebra4
MATH-1540Trigonometry3
MATH-154HHonors Trigonometry3
MATH-1580Precalculus5
MATH-1610Calculus I5
MATH-161HHonors Calculus I5
MATH-1620Calculus II5
MATH-162HHonors Calculus II5
MATH-2010Introduction to Discrete Mathematics4
MATH-2310Calculus III4
MATH-231HHonors Calculus III4
MATH-2410Introduction to Linear Algebra3
MATH-2520Differential Equations3
 Natural and Physical Sciences
ANTH-1210Human Evolution4
Biology
BIO-1040The Cell and DNA3
BIO-104LThe Cell and DNA Laboratory1
BIO-1050Human Biology3
BIO-105LHuman Biology Laboratory1
BIO-1060Environment, Ecology, and Evolution3
BIO-106LEnvironment, Ecology, & Evolution Laboratory1
BIO-1100Introduction to Biological Chemistry3
BIO-1221Anatomy and Physiology for Diagnostic Medical Imaging4
BIO-1230Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye4
BIO-1300Horticultural Botany3
BIO-1410Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals I4
BIO-1420Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals II3
BIO-1500Principles of Biology I4
BIO-150HHonors Principles of Biology I4
BIO-1510Principles of Biology II4
BIO-151HHonors Principles of Biology II4
BIO-2010Field Botany3
BIO-2020Tropical Biology4
BIO-2050Field Zoology3
BIO-2060Principles of Genetics3
BIO-2070Techniques in Molecular Genetics3
BIO-2100Biology of Aging3
BIO-2150Environmental Science3
BIO-2200Radiobiology2
BIO-2331Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO-233A2
BIO-233B2
BIO-2341Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO-234A2
BIO-234B2
BIO-2500Microbiology4
BIO-2600Pathophysiology3
Chemistry
CHEM-1000Everyday Chemistry3
CHEM-100LEveryday Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM-1010Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM-101HHonors Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry4
CHEM-1020Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry4
CHEM-102HHonors Introduction to Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry4
CHEM-1080Herbal Medicines and Natural Products3
CHEM-1300General Chemistry I4
CHEM-130HHonors General Chemistry I5
CHEM-130LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory I1
CHEM-1310General Chemistry II4
CHEM-131HHonors General Chemistry II5
CHEM-131LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory II1
CHEM-2000Analytical Chemistry5
CHEM-2300Organic Chemistry I5
CHEM-2310Organic Chemistry II5
Earth Science
ESCI-1030Survey of Earth Science3
ESCI-103LSurvey of Earth Science Lab1
ESCI-1040Weather Studies3
ESCI-1310Physical Geography3
ESCI-131LLab in Physical Geography1
ESCI-1410Physical Geology3
ESCI-141HHonors Physical Geology3
ESCI-141LLab in Physical Geology1
ESCI-1510Historical Geology3
ESCI-151LLab in Historical Geology1
ESCI-1610Geology of the National Parks3
ESCI-161LLab in Geology of the National Parks1
Physical Sciences
PSCI-1010Astronomy3
PSCI-101LAstronomy Laboratory1
PSCI-1020Chemistry3
PSCI-102LChemistry Laboratory1
PSCI-1030Earth3
PSCI-103LEarth Laboratory1
Physics
PHYS-1010Astronomy3
PHYS-101LAstronomy Laboratory1
PHYS-1050Everyday Physics2
PHYS-1210College Physics I4
PHYS-1220College Physics II4
PHYS-1300Physics of Optical Materials4
PHYS-2250Radiographic Physics and Quality Control4
PHYS-2310General Physics I5
PHYS-2320General Physics II5
The following courses from non-science subject areas can be counted toward this requirement for the Associate of Applied Science degree:
DIET-1200Basic Nutrition3
MT-1242Somatic Studies I3
MT-1272Somatic Studies II3
MT-1280Somatic Studies III2

Mathematics and Data Analysis (3 semester credits)

The ability to integrate numerical methods for use in today’s workforce is essential. Students must complete the following to complete this requirement:

Arts and Humanities/Social and Behavioral Sciences/Natural and Physical Sciences (6 semester credits)

The appreciation of the achievements of the Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences provides the ability to integrate learning within a complex global perspective; to gain an awareness of and respect for different cultures; to integrate ethical decision making in dealing responsibly with personal, family, and community issues; and to understand, analyze, and describe aspects of human behavior from diverse political, social, historical, and cultural perspectives. To meet this requirement, students must complete the following:

  • Select six (6) semester credits from at least 2 of the following areas, with a minimum of 3 credits in each area:
Arts and Humanities

Program Requirements

Program requirements are outlined by the specific technical program sequences in this Catalog. Approximately one-half of each Associate of Applied Science program requirements must include a minimum of 15 additional credits of general education or applied general education (i.e., “basic” coursework), for a total of 30 credits of non-technical coursework. Applied general education includes a focus on “21st century” skills and knowledge, including: information and communication literacy; critical thinking and problem solving; interpersonal and collaborative skills; global awareness, and financial, economic, business and civic literacy. Technical program concentrations should consist of 12 to 16 semester credits of technical specialization including a minimum one-semester credit Capstone Course.

The Capstone Course provides students with opportunities to apply technical, oral, and written skills; to prepare resumes and/or portfolios and develop interview skills; to study history and trends in the profession; and/or to discuss ethical and global issues within the profession. The program requirements are identified in the Associate of Applied Degree program sequences in this Catalog.

Cross-listed Courses

Cross-listed courses are identical courses offered in two or more subject areas. They differ only in subject area code and course number. Credit may be earned once for cross-listed courses. If a course is cross-listed with another course that fills a general education or program requirement, either course meets the requirement. 

Associate of Technical Study Degree

The Associate of Technical Study (ATS) degree allows students to combine courses from two or more different technical programs to create a degree that focuses on a special career interest. Another ATS option is for students who have successfully completed a course of technical studies in a non-credit bearing post-secondary institution that has an articulation agreement with the College. Based upon the articulation agreement, the student may receive up to 30 transfer credits toward an Associate of Technical Study degree in the specific program identified in the agreements.

Associate of Technical Study Degree

Cuyahoga Community College will grant an Associate of Technical Study degree to students in good standing upon completion of the following requirements:

Comprehensive Graduation Requirements

The Associate of Technical Study degree prepares students with the skills necessary to enter and compete effectively in today’s workforce. It is awarded for the successful completion of an individually planned technical education program which contains an area of concentration formed either by an intra-institutional combination of courses from two or more different technical programs or by credit (maximum of 30 semester credit hours) awarded by the College for courses completed or training received at other institutions with which the College has entered into an articulation agreement.

  1. Students must complete an ATS Contract which includes an outline of specific coursework to be taken to earn the ATS degree.  Students must work with an academic counselor to develop the ATS contract. 
  2. Students must satisfactorily complete at least 60 semester credits (exclusive of physical education) at the 1000-level or higher.
  3. Students must achieve a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 for all courses attempted at Cuyahoga Community College (with exceptions as provided under College policies for repeating a course, Grade Forgiveness and Fresh Start).
  4. Students must complete a minimum of 20 of the 60 semester credits at Cuyahoga Community College after the ATS application has been approved.
  5. Special Topics, Independent Study/Research and Cooperative Education courses may be applied to the general education and program requirements unless otherwise noted.

General Education Requirements

Each of the College’s degree programs require that students complete a set amount of courses in the areas of general education which include: Communication, Mathematics and Data Analysis, Natural and Physical Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students completing the general education requirements, along with the specific program and elective requirements for a degree will have achieved the College’s general education outcomes.

Communication (6 semester credits)

The communication skills of reading analytically, writing fluently, listening critically, and speaking articulately are essential. Students must complete the following to meet this requirement:

  • ENG-1010 College Composition I or ENG-101H Honors College Composition I1
  • Three (3) semester credits selected from the following subject areas (exclusive of developmental education, ENG-1001 Intensive College Reading & Writing and English as a Second Language courses):
    American Sign Language
    ASL-1001Fingerspelling2
    ASL-1010Beginning American Sign Language I4
    ASL-1020Beginning American Sign Language II4
    ASL-1100Deaf Culture3
    ASL-2010Intermediate American Sign Language I4
    ASL-2020Intermediate American Sign Language II4
    ASL-2412Advanced American Sign Language I4
    ASL-2420Advanced American Sign Language II4
    English
    ENG-1020College Composition II3
    ENG-102HHonors College Composition II3
    ENG-2010Creative Writing3
    ENG-2020Women Writers on the Experiences of Women3
    ENG-2040Poetry Workshop3
    ENG-2050Personal & Reflective Writing3
    ENG-2151Technical Writing3
    ENG-2310American Literature I3
    ENG-2320American Literature II3
    ENG-2350British Literature I3
    ENG-2360British Literature II3
    ENG-2410Introduction to Literature: Poetry3
    ENG-2420Introduction to Literature: Fiction3
    ENG-2430Introduction to Literature: Drama3
    ENG-2450Introduction to Literature: Science Fiction3
    ENG-2510African-American Literature I3
    ENG-2520African-American Literature II3
    ENG-2601Literature for Children and Adolescents3
    ENG-2700World Literature3
    ENG-2710Shakespeare3
    ENG-2720Survey of Biblical Literature3
    ENG-2730Exploration of World Mythology3
    ENG-2740Literature and Film3
    ENG-2760Detective Fiction: Mystery, Murder, and Malice3
    Foreign Languages
    CHIN-1011Beginning Chinese Language and Culture I4
    CHIN-1021Beginning Chinese Language and Culture II4
    FREN-1010Beginning French I4
    FREN-1020Beginning French II4
    FREN-1040Study Abroad in Quebec - Beginner Level4
    FREN-2010Intermediate French I3
    FREN-2020Intermediate French II3
    FREN-2040Study Abroad in Quebec - Intermediate Level4
    FREN-2410French Conversation and Composition3
    GER-1010Beginning German I4
    GER-1020Beginning German II4
    GER-2010Intermediate German I3
    GER-2020Intermediate German II3
    ITAL-1010Beginning Italian I4
    ITAL-1020Beginning Italian II4
    ITAL-2010Intermediate Italian I3
    ITAL-2020Intermediate Italian II3
    ITAL-2410Italian Conversation and Composition3
    ITAL-2420Italian Civilization, Culture and Literature3
    JAPN-1011Beginning Japanese Language and Culture I4
    JAPN-1021Beginning Japanese Language and Culture II4
    JAPN-2011Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture I4
    JAPN-2021Intermediate Japanese Language and Culture II4
    JAPN-2411Advanced Japanese Language and Culture I3
    JAPN-2421Advanced Japanese Language and Culture II3
    RUSS-1010Beginning Russian I4
    RUSS-1020Beginning Russian II4
    RUSS-2010Intermediate Russian I3
    RUSS-2020Intermediate Russian II3
    RUSS-2410Russian Conversation and Composition3
    RUSS-2420Russian Literature and Culture3
    SPAN-1011Beginning Spanish Language and Cultures I4
    SPAN-1021Beginning Spanish Language and Culture II4
    SPAN-1030Spanish for Law Enforcement4
    SPAN-2010Intermediate Spanish Language and Culture I3
    SPAN-2020Intermediate Spanish Language and Cultures II3
    SPAN-2411Spanish Conversation & Composition3
    SPAN-2420Introduction to Spanish Culture, Civilization, and Literature3
    SPAN-2430Civilization, Culture, and Literature of Latin America3
    Speech Communication
    SPCH-1000Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication3
    SPCH-1010Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
    SPCH-101HHonors Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
    SPCH-1050Voice and Diction3
    SPCH-1210Group Discussion3
    SPCH-2000Introduction to Communication Theory3
    SPCH-20103
    SPCH-2020Interviewing3
    SPCH-202AInterviewing Overview1
    SPCH-202BSelection Interviewing1
    SPCH-202CWorkplace Interviewing1
    SPCH-2050Oral Interpretation3
    SPCH-2060Interviewing for Information1
    SPCH-2070Relational Interviewing1
    SPCH-21103
    SPCH-2120Forensics Activity1
    SPCH-2130Business and Professional Communication3
    SPCH-2150Introduction to Speech Pathology3
    SPCH-2160Intercultural Communication3
    SPCH-2180Principles of Phonetics3

Mathematics and Data Analysis (3 semester credits)

The ability to integrate numerical methods for use in today’s workforce is essential. Students must complete the following to complete this requirement:

  • Three (3) semester credits of Mathematics at the 1000-level or higher, selected from the following courses:
    MATH-1100Mathematical Explorations3
    MATH-1190Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning3
    MATH-1240Contemporary Mathematics3
    MATH-1370Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers I4
    MATH-1380Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers II4
    MATH-1410Elementary Probability and Statistics I3
    MATH-1420Elementary Probability and Statistics II3
    MATH-1470Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Science I4
    MATH-1480Modern Mathematics for Business and Social Sciences II4
    MATH-1490Business Probability and Statistics I3
    MATH-1500Business Probability and Statistics II3
    MATH-1530College Algebra4
    MATH-153HHonors College Algebra4
    MATH-1540Trigonometry3
    MATH-154HHonors Trigonometry3
    MATH-1580Precalculus5
    MATH-1610Calculus I5
    MATH-161HHonors Calculus I5
    MATH-1620Calculus II5
    MATH-162HHonors Calculus II5
    MATH-2010Introduction to Discrete Mathematics4
    MATH-2310Calculus III4
    MATH-231HHonors Calculus III4
    MATH-2410Introduction to Linear Algebra3
    MATH-2520Differential Equations3

Arts and Humanities/Social and Behavioral Sciences/Natural and Physical Sciences (6 semester credits)

The appreciation of the achievements of the Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences provides the ability to integrate learning within a complex global perspective; to gain an awareness of and respect for different cultures; to integrate ethical decision making in dealing responsibly with personal, family, and community issues; and to understand, analyze, and describe aspects of human behavior from diverse political, social, historical, and cultural perspectives. To meet this requirement, students must complete the following:

Elective Graduation Requirements (15 semester credits)

The remaining fifteen (15) semester credits to complete the required minimum total of sixty (60) semester credits may be chosen from 1000-level courses and above, exclusive of developmental coursework and physical education. Courses taken to meet general education requirements in Communication, Mathematics and Data Analysis, Arts and Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Natural and Physical Sciences cannot count towards fulfilling elective graduation requirements. Selection of elective semester credit hours of coursework shall be related to the occupational objective of the student of the basic components to further develop technical competencies.

Program Requirements

The program leading to an Associate of Technical Study degree must have an area of concentration which is equivalent to thirty (30) semester credits in technical studies and clearly identifiable with a career objective. Approximately one-half of each Associate of Technical Study program is devoted to non-technical studies.

Cross-listed Courses

Cross-listed courses are identical courses offered in two or more subject areas. They differ only in subject area code and course number. Credit may be earned once for cross-listed courses. If a course is cross-listed with another course that fills a general education or program requirement, either course meets the requirement. 

Certificate Programs

Cuyahoga Community College grants Short-Term Certificates, Certificates of Proficiency, Degrees, and Post-Degree Professional Certificates. These curriculum options allow for multiple entry and exit points and supports career laddering.

A student can start in a degree program by taking those courses identified in the Short-Term Certificate, which may be a subset of that degree. They are then ready to enter the job market with these new skills while continuing to pursue their next goal which could be a Certificate of Proficiency.

Once an associate degree is obtained, or if a student already has a bachelor’s degree, a Post-Degree Professional Certificate can be pursued.

Certificates will be automatically awarded when the certificate requirements are completed. Students who do not want to receive an earned certificate must notify the Office of the Registrar at RegistrarOffice@tri-c.edu.

Short-Term Certificate

A Short-Term Certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in a specific career/employment situation.

Short-Term Certificate candidates at Cuyahoga Community College must be in good standing. A Short-Term Certificate will be granted to the student completing the following requirements:

  1. The satisfactory completion of 9-29 semester credits at the 1000 level or higher as defined in the Short-Term Certificate.
  2. The completion of no fewer than nine (9) credits while in attendance at Cuyahoga Community College.
  3. The accumulation of a minimum grade point average of “C” or better (2.00) for all courses attempted at Cuyahoga Community College (with exceptions as provided under College policies for repeating a course, Grade Forgiveness and Fresh Start).
  4. Special Topics, Independent Study/Research, and Cooperative Education courses may be applied to the general education and elective graduation requirements unless otherwise noted.

One-Year Certificate of Proficiency

A Certificate of Proficiency program prepares the students for proficiency in an occupation field, after they successfully complete a prescribed education program.

Certificate candidates at Cuyahoga Community College must be in good standing. A Certificate of Proficiency will be granted to the student completing the following requirements:

  1. The satisfactory completion of 30-37 semester credits at the 1000-level or higher as defined in the Certificate of Proficiency.
  2. The completion of no fewer than nine (9) semester credits while in attendance at Cuyahoga Community College.
  3. The accumulation of a minimum grade point average of “C” or better (2.00) for all courses attempted at Cuyahoga Community College (with exceptions as provided under College policies for repeating a course, Grade Forgiveness and Fresh Start).
  4. Special Topics, Independent Study/Research, and Cooperative Education courses may be applied to the general education and elective graduation requirements unless otherwise noted.

Post-Degree Professional Certificate

The Post-Degree Professional Certificate is a high-quality program of instruction for those students who have already completed an academic degree and are pursuing additional certification in professional and technical fields.

Post-Degree Professional Certificate candidates at Cuyahoga Community College must be in good standing. A Post-Degree Professional Certificate will be granted to the student who has fulfilled the following requirements:

  1. Completed an associate or higher degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution, or an equivalent degree or diploma from a post-secondary program certified and accredited by a state or nationally certified and accredited board.
  2. The satisfactory completion of 20-37 semester credits as identified in the specific Post-Degree Professional Certificate.
  3. The completion of no fewer than nine (9) semester credits defined in the Post-Degree Professional Certificate while in attendance at Cuyahoga Community College.
  4. The accumulation of a minimum grade point average of 2.50.

Degree and Certificate Programs No Longer Offered by the College

The College may award a deleted degree or certificate program for up to two (2) years after its deletion. After that time limit, the student will no longer be able to petition for the deleted degree program.