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:

  • Fifteen (15) semester credits selected from the following courses.  Must include two (2) laboratory experiences:
    ANTH-1210Human Evolution4
    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-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-2060Principles of Genetics3
    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-1300General Chemistry I4
    CHEM-130HHonors General Chemistry I5
    CHEM-130LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory I1
    CHEM-1310General Chemistry II4
    CHEM-131LGeneral Chemistry Laboratory II1
    Earth Science
    ESCI-103LEarth Laboratory1
    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-1010Astronomy [PSCI-1010 is now listed as PHYS-1010; students must register under PHYS-1010]3
    PSCI-101LAstronomy Laboratory [PSCI-101L is now listed as PHYS-101L; students must register under PHYS-101L]1
    PSCI-1020Everyday Chemistry [PSCI-1020 is now listed as CHEM-1000; students must register under CHEM-1000]3
    PSCI-102LEveryday Chemistry Lab [PSCI-102L now listed as CHEM-1000; students must register under CHEM-100L]1
    PSCI-1030Earth [PSCI-1030 is now listed as ESCI-1030; students must register under ESCI-1030]3
    PSCI-103LEarth Laboratory [PSCI-103L is now listed as ESCI-103L; students must register under ESCI-103L]1
    PHYS-101LAstronomy Laboratory1
    PHYS-1050Everyday Physics2
    PHYS-1210College Physics I4
    PHYS-1220College Physics II4
    PHYS-2310General Physics I5
    PHYS-2320General Physics II5

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: 

  • Six (6) semester credits selected from the following courses, must be selected from at least two disciplines.
    ART-1010Art Appreciation3
    ART-1040Survey of Non-Western Art3
    ART-2020Art History Survey: Prehistoric to Renaissance3
    ART-2030Art History Survey: Late Renaissance to Present3
    DANC-1100Dance Appreciation3
    English 2000-level literature courses
    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-2510African-American Literature I3
    ENG-2520African-American Literature II3
    ENG-2601Literature for Children and Adolescents3
    ENG-2700World Literature3
    ENG-2720Survey of Biblical Literature3
    ENG-2730Exploration of World Mythology3
    HUM-1010Introduction to Humanities3
    HUM-1020The Individual in Society3
    HUM-1030The Individual in Cosmos3
    Media and Journalism Studies
    MJS-1310Film Appreciation3
    MUS-1010Survey of European Classical Music3
    MUS-1020Survey of Jazz3
    MUS-1030Survey of Rock and Roll3
    MUS-1040Survey of African-American Music3
    MUS-1050Survey of World Music3
    MUS-2520Jazz History I2
    PHIL-1000Critical Thinking3
    PHIL-1010Introduction to Philosophy3
    PHIL-101HHonors Introduction to Philosophy3
    PHIL-1020Introduction to Logic3
    PHIL-2010Comparative World Religion3
    PHIL-202HHonors Ethics3
    PHIL-2031Philosophy of Science3
    PHIL-2040Philosophy of Art3
    PHIL-205HHonors Bioethics3
    Religious Studies
    REL-1010Introduction to Religious Studies3
    REL-2010Religious Traditions of Western Christianity3
    REL-2020Religious Traditions of Judaism3
    REL-2060African-American Religious Experience3
    Theatre Arts
    THEA-1010Theatre Appreciation3
    THEA-1100Survey and Appreciation of American Musical Theatre3
    THEA-2210History of Theatre and Drama I3
    THEA-2220History of Theatre & Drama II3

Elective Graduation Requirements (21 credits)

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.