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 at the 1000-level or higher. No more than 3 of the 60 credits can be completed in physical education.
  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 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 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 that 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 Science 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 courses:


Communication Studies
COMM-1010Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
COMM-101HHonors Speech Communication3
ENG-1020College Composition II3
ENG-102HHonors College Composition II3
ENG-2151Technical Writing3


MATH-1100Mathematical Explorations3
MATH-1190Algebraic and Quantitative Reasoning3
MATH-1240Contemporary Mathematics3
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-154HHonors Trigonometry3
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
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-1070Insect Biology3
BIO-1100Introduction to Biological Chemistry3
BIO-1221Anatomy and Physiology for Diagnostic Medical Imaging4
BIO-1230Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye4
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-2020Tropical Biology4
BIO-2060Principles of Genetics3
BIO-2100Biology of Aging3
BIO-2150Environmental Science3
BIO-2331Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO-2341Anatomy and Physiology II4
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-1081Medicinal Plants Chemistry3
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-2300Organic Chemistry I5
CHEM-2310Organic Chemistry II5
Earth Science
ESCI-103LEarth Laboratory1
ESCI-1040Weather Studies3
ESCI-1050Introduction to Ocean 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
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

Students who transfer in credits for ENG-1020 College Composition II without having credit for ENG-1010 will have ENG-1010 waived, but the required 6 hours in Communication/Mathematics/Natural & Physical Sciences must be earned.

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. Program requirements are identified in the Associate of Applied Science 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.