A.A. Degree General Education

Required Courses for Graduation - (A.A. DEGREE) – 36 Semester Hours

General Education teaches students a broad base of knowledge and develops higher order thinking skills. Through the General Education requirements within the Associate in Arts degree, the student will:

  • communicate with clarity and precision
  • use technology to acquire, organize, and convey information
  • describe a wide range of global, social and cultural points of view and apply various perspectives to analyze human behavior
  • develop awareness of diverse ethical perspectives
  • understand and exhibit civic engagement and social responsibility
  • apply critical thinking through problem-solving.

Degree Requirements

English - 6 credits

ENC 1101English Composition I

3 credits

And

ENC 1102English Composition II

3 credits

ENC 1107Advanced College Writing

3 credits

ENC 2210Technical Communications

3 credits

AML 2010American Literature to 1865

3 credits

AML 2020American Literature after 1865

3 credits

ENL 2012English Literature to 1798

3 credits

ENL 2022English Literature after 1798

3 credits

LIN 2670Linguistics and English Grammar

3 credits

LIT 2030Introduction to Poetry

3 credits

LIT 2110World Literature: Homer to the Renaissance

3 credits

Or

LIT 2120World Literature: Enlightenment to the Present

3 credits

In each of the above courses, students will demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple assignments and complete each course with a grade of “C” or higher.

Humanities - 6 credits

AML 2010American Literature to 1865

3 credits

AML 2020American Literature after 1865

3 credits

ARH 1000Art Appreciation

3 credits

ARH 2050History of Art (Prehistoric - Gothic)

3 credits

ARH 2051History of Art (Renaissance through Modern)

3 credits

ENC 1102English Composition II

3 credits

ENG 1123History of Film I

3 credits

ENG 1124History of Film II

3 credits

ENL 2012English Literature to 1798

3 credits

ENL 2022English Literature after 1798

3 credits

ENL 2330Introduction to Shakespeare

3 credits

HUM 1233Humanities Literature: Baroque to Present

3 credits

HUM 1533Humanities: Philosophy

3 credits

HUM 1541Humanities Literature: Ancient to Renaissance

3 credits

HUM 2512Humanities: Fine Arts

3 credits

IDS 1110The Pursuit of Knowledge

3 credits

IDS 1955Interdisciplinary Study Abroad

3 credits

LIT 2110World Literature: Homer to the Renaissance

3 credits

LIT 2120World Literature: Enlightenment to the Present

3 credits

MUL 2010Survey of Music Literature

3 credits

MUL 2012Survey of Music Literature - Musical Theater

3 credits

MUY 2100Humanities: Music and Music Therapy

3 credits

PHH 2060History of Philosophy: Ancient and Medieval

3 credits

PHH 2403History of Philosophy: Modern

3 credits

PHH 2603History of Philosophy: Contemporary

3 credits

PHI 1002Philosophical Practice

3 credits

PHI 1010Introduction to Philosophy

3 credits

PHI 1103Critical and Creative Thinking

3 credits

PHI 1113Reason and Emotion

3 credits

PHI 1635Ethical Issues in Health Care

3 credits

PHI 1801Philosophy of Art

3 credits

PHI 2100Introduction to Logic

3 credits

PHI 2620Environmental Ethics

3 credits

PHI 2630Introduction to Ethics

3 credits

PHP 1791Existentialism

3 credits

REL 1300Introduction to World Religions

3 credits

THE 1000Introduction to Theatre (Drama)

3 credits

THE 2300Survey of Dramatic Literature

3 credits

In each of the above courses, students will demonstrate college-level writing skills through multiple assignments and complete each course with a grade of “C” or higher.

Mathematics - 6 credits

MAC 1105College Algebra

3 credits

MAC 1114Plane Trigonometry

3 credits

MAC 1140Precalculus Algebra

3 credits

MAC 2233Business Calculus I

3 credits

MAC 2311Calculus I with Analytic Geometry

5 credits

MAD 2104Discrete Mathematics

3 credits

MAP 2302Differential Equations

3 credits

MAS 2103Linear Algebra

3 credits

MGF 2106Survey in Mathematics

3 credits

MGF 2107Explorations in Mathematics

3 credits

MTG 2204Elementary Geometry

3 credits

STA 2023Elementary Statistics I

3 credits

Students must complete each course with a grade of “C” or higher.

Science - 6 credits

AST 1002General Astronomy

3 credits

AST 1002LGeneral Astronomy Laboratory

1 credit

BSC 1005Life Science

3 credits

BSC 1005LLife Science Lab

1 credit

BSC 1084Survey of the Human Body

4 credits

BSC 1254Tropical Marine Ecology

3 credits

BSC 1254LTropical Marine Ecology Lab

1 credit

BSC 1421Introduction to Biotechnology

3 credits

BSC 1421LIntroduction to Biotechnology Laboratory

1 credit

BSC 2010General Biology I

3 credits

BSC 2010LGeneral Biology I Lab

1 credit

BSC 2011General Biology II

3 credits

BSC 2011LGeneral Biology II Lab

1 credit

BSC 2093Anatomy and Physiology I

3 credits

BSC 2093LAnatomy and Physiology I Lab

1 credit

BSC 2094Anatomy and Physiology II

3 credits

BSC 2094LAnatomy and Physiology II Lab

1 credit

CHM 1020Introduction to Chemistry

3 credits

CHM 1045General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHM 1045LGeneral Chemistry I Lab

1 credit

CHM 1046General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHM 1046LGeneral Chemistry II Lab

1 credit

CHM 1083Consumer Chemistry

3 credits

CHM 2210Organic Chemistry I

3 credits

CHM 2210LOrganic Chemistry I Lab

1 credit

CHM 2211Organic Chemistry II

3 credits

CHM 2211LOrganic Chemistry II Lab

1 credit

CHS 1510Introduction to Forensic Science

3 credits

GLY 1010Introduction to Geology

3 credits

MET 1001Weather and Climate

3 credits

OCB 1000Introduction to Marine Biology

3 credits

OCB 1000LIntroduction to Marine Biology Lab

1 credit

OCB 1630Marine Ecology

3 credits

OCB 1630LMarine Ecology Lab

1 credit

OCB 2010Marine Biology

3 credits

OCE 2001Introduction to Oceanography

3 credits

OCE 2001LOceanography Lab

1 credit

PCB 1030Introduction to Ecology

3 credits

PHY 1020Principles of Physics

3 credits

PHY 2048Physics with Calculus I

3 credits

PHY 2048LPhysics with Calculus I Lab

1 credit

PHY 2049Physics with Calculus II

3 credits

PHY 2049LPhysics with Calculus II Lab

1 credit

PHY 2053College Physics I

3 credits

PHY 2053LCollege Physics I Lab

1 credit

PHY 2054College Physics II

3 credits

PHY 2054LCollege Physics II Lab

1 credit

PSC 1121Survey of Physical Science

3 credits

PSC 1341Physical Science

3 credits

PSC 1341LPhysical Science Lab

1 credit

Consult Educational Services about specific science requirements for major and for university transfer.

Social Science - Students must take 6 credits from the following

AMH 2010American History: Discovery through Reconstruction

3 credits

AMH 2020American History: Reconstruction to the Present

3 credits

EUH 2000Western Civilization: Origins to 1485

3 credits

EUH 2001Western Civilization: 1485 to 1815

3 credits

EUH 2002Western Civilization: 1815 to the Present

3 credits

WOH 2012World History to 1500

3 credits

WOH 2022World History Since 1500

3 credits

WOH 2040World in the 20th Century

3 credits

Students must take 12 credits total of Social Science courses.

Social Science - Students must take 6 credits from the following

ANT 2140Introduction to Biological Anthropology and Archaeology

3 credits

ANT 2410Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics

3 credits

ASN 1010Introduction to East Asia

3 credits

CPO 2002Comparative Politics

3 credits

DEP 2004Human Development

3 credits

ECO 2013Principles of Economics Macro

3 credits

ECO 2023Principles of Economics Micro

3 credits

GEA 2000World Regional Geography

3 credits

INR 2002Introduction to International Relations

3 credits

INR 2500Model United Nations

3 credits

POS 1041American Government

3 credits

PSY 2012Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

SYG 2000Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

SYG 2010Social Problems

3 credits

Students must take 12 credits total of Social Science courses.

A series of college preparatory reading courses will be required of all students who test into college preparatory level reading.

Humanities

AML X000 (CLEP), ENL X000 (CLEP), ARH X000 (CLEP), REL X300

When college level exams are successfully passed for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the above courses can be awarded for General Education Requirements.

Mathematics

STA 2014 (AP), MAC X147(CLEP), MHF X202 (IB), MHF X209 (IB)

When college level exams are successfully passed for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the above courses can be awarded for General Education Requirements.

Science

CHM X020 (AP and CLEP), ISC X050 (IB), ISC X051 (AP), PHY X020 (IB)

When college level exams are successfully passed for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the above courses can be awarded for General Education Requirements.

Social Science

EUH X009 (AP), GEO X400 (AP), AMH X000 (AP)

When college level exams are successfully passed for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the above courses can be awarded for General Education Requirements.

Electives – 24 Credits

Additional Requirements:

Computer Competency

Demonstrate competency in the basic use of computers either by passing a computer competency examination or by successfully completing an approved computer course or program (with a grade of "S" or "C" or better). The computer competency examination may be taken at any of the IRSC Assessment Services Departments. Courses approved to meet the computer competency requirements for the A.A. Degree are CGS-1060, CGS-1100, CIS-1000, EME-2040. (see Associate in Arts Degree Requirements up one level).

Foreign Language: 8-10 credits

Effective August 1, 1991, most public universities in Florida require student to complete two years of one foreign language at the high school level or the equivalent (8-10) semester hours at the college level. Some majors and universities require additional foreign language competencies. Please consult an advisor regarding your foreign language transfer requirements.

NOTE: No upper level or occupational courses are permitted in the Associate in Arts Degree programs. In the Course Description section of the Catalog, courses are designated with code letters “P” for Professional/Academic, “O” for Occupational and “U” for Upper Level. Courses with no designation are not intended to transfer to senior colleges or universities; however, they may be accepted as transfer courses at some institutions. Consult an advisor/counselor at the transfer institution of your choice.

Required Prerequisites

(See Program Listings or Advisor/Counselor)

To earn the Associate in Arts Degree, certain General Education requirements and elective courses must be satisfactorily completed. Although A.A. students at Indian River State College do not declare majors, students must select prerequisite courses which will best prepare them for transfer into a particular major field at a specific college or university.

In planning the program of study at Indian River State College, students are advised to seek the aid of an advisor/counselor. An advisor/counselor can help review selections of courses acceptable for meeting the General Education requirements, since specific General Education courses may be recommended for a particular major. In addition, an advisor/counselor can suggest prerequisites and sequences of courses for a specific major.

Note: The length of programs may vary depending on the major area of study and the college or university the student plans to attend.

The following are examples of programs that meet the requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree and include prerequisite electives generally recommended for certain majors at most of the state (public) universities. Students should check, however, that the suggested courses meet the requirement for the major field at the specific college or university that they plan to attend. Choice of program and selection of courses are the student’s responsibility.

Note: The Program Code required for the IRSC Application for Admission is the five digit number following the Program Title.