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2013-2014 College Catalog 
2013-2014 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Arts / Associate in Science

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Transfer Opportunity Curriculum

Transfer preparation degree opportunities are offered through the Associate in Arts Degree and the Associate in Science Degree. The Associate in Arts degree program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a senior institution and pursue a course of study in the liberal arts, business, or a social service professional area. The Associate in Science degree program is designed for students who plan to transfer and pursue a course of study in the liberal arts or a specialized professional field. The following outline of general education requirements for these two degrees should be completed with consideration of the academic requirements of the institution to which the student intends to transfer and in consultation with an academic advisor.

Essential Functions of Educational Programs

In accordance with the Alabama Department of Postsecondary Education, Shelton State Community College designates the following requirements for Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. These requirements follow the statewide general education guidelines honored by all public colleges in Alabama ((STARS guide)  ).Specifics for each of the degrees (AA and AS) are listed in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

Associate in Arts / Associate in Science

Area I – Written Composition: 6 Credit Hours

Area II – Humanities and Fine Arts: 12 Credit Hours

(For courses commonly accepted for transfer by baccalaureate institutions, see the STARS Approved Course List ).

  • Literature 3-6 Hrs.
    Note: Must complete a 6-hour sequence either in literature or history
  • Speech 3 Hrs.
  • Fine Arts 3 Hrs.
  • Fine Arts or Humanities Electives 0-3 Hrs.

Area III – Natural Science and Mathematics: 11 Credit Hours

 (For courses commonly accepted for transfer by baccalaureate institutions, see the STARS Approved Course List ).

Area IV – History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences: 12 Credit Hours

(For courses commonly accepted for transfer by baccalaureate institutions, see the STARS Approved Course List ).

A student should take no more than six hours in a single discipline.

  • History/Literature 3-6 Hrs.
    Note: Must complete a 6 hour sequence either in literature or history
  • History, Social, and Behavioral Sciences 6-9 Hrs.

Area V – Pre-Professional, Pre-Major, and Elective Courses: 19-23 Credit Hours

Total Hours Required for Degree: 60 - 64

Transfer Programs Available

The Alabama General Studies Committee has approved program templates and/or articulation guides for many university transfer programs. Program templates and guides are available at stars.troy.edu for public Alabama Colleges and Universities. For private or out-of-state colleges or universities, the student should work with a Shelton State advisor and contact the institution as early as possible in his/her academic career. 

Some of the available programs are:

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z


  • Advertising (UA only)
  • Agribusiness Economics (AA&MU Only)
  • Agricultural Economics (AU Only)
  • Agriscience Education (AU Only)
  • Agronomy and Soils (AU Only)
  • Animal/Dairy Science
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel and Textiles (UA Only)
  • Apparel Merchandising, Design, & Production Management (AU Only)
  • Applied Mathematics (AU Only)
  • Architecture (AU Only)
  • Art Education
  • Art History B.A.
  • Art Studio B.A.
  • Art Studio B.F.A.
  • Athletic Training


  • Behavioral Science (ATHENS Only)
  • Biology
  • Biology Education (Middle/High School)
  • Biomedical Sciences (USA Only)
  • Building Science (AU Only)
  • Business (All Business Majors)
  • Business Education: Middle/High School


  • Career Technical Education (ATHENS Only)
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry Education (Middle/High School)
  • Clinical Lab Sciences/Medical Tech
  • Communication Studies or Speech
  • Computer Science
  • Consumer Sciences (UA Only)
  • Criminal Justice 


  • Dance (UA Only)


  • Economics B.A.
  • Elementary or Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Management (JSU Only)
  • Engineering - Aerospace
  • Engineering - Biomedical (UAB Only)
  • Engineering - Biosystems (AU Only)
  • Engineering - Chemical
  • Engineering - Civil
  • Engineering - Computer Engineering
  • Engineering - Computer Science
  • Engineering - Electrical
  • Engineering - Industrial
  • Engineering - Materials
  • Engineering - Mechanical
  • English (BA or BS)
  • English/Language Arts Education:Middle/High School
  • Environmental Science
  • Exercise Science and Wellness (JSU only)


  • Family and Consumer Sciences (JSU Only)
  • Fisheries Science (AU Only)
  • Food and Nutrition (UA Only)
  • Foreign Language
  • Forest Management/Forest Science (AA & MU Only)
  • Forestry (AU Only)
  • French Education: Middle/High School


  • General Science Education: Middle/High School
  • General Studies in Human Environmental Sciences (UA Only)
  • Geography
  • Geography Education: Middle/High School
  • Geology
  • German Education: Middle/High School
  • Graphic Design (AU Only)


  • Health Education: Middle/High School
  • Health Information Management (UAB Only)
  • Health Sciences 
  • Health Services Administration (AU Only)
  • Health, P E & Recreation (UNA Only)
  • History
  • History Education: Middle/High School
  • Horticulture (AU Only)
  • Hotel & Restaurant Management (AU Only)
  • Human Development & Family Studies 
  • Human Environmental Sciences (UNA Only)
  • Human Services (Troy Only)


  • Industrial Design (AU Only)
  • Industrial Hygiene (UNA Only)
  • Information Systems (USA Only)
  • Information Technology (USA Only)
  • Interdisciplinary Arts (UWA Only)
  • Interior Architecture (AU Only)
  • Interior Design 
  • International Studies
  • Interpreter Training (Troy Only)


  • Journalism


  • Laboratory Technology (AU Only)


  • Math Education: Middle/High School
  • Mathematics
  • Meterology (USA Only)
  • Music
  • Music Education (Middle/High School)


  • Nuclear Medicine Technology (UAB Only)
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition & Food Science (AU Only)


  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Physics Education (Middle/High School)
  • Political Science
  • Polymer and Fiber Engineering (AU Only)
  • Poultry Science (AU Only)
  • Pre-Denistry
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Osteopathic Medicine
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Speech Therapy
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine
  • Psychology B.A. or B.S.
  • Public Administration (AU Only)
  • Public Relations
  • Public Safety & Health Administration (Athens Only)


  • Radiologic Sciences
  • Recreation Leadership (JSU Only)
  • Rehabilitation Services Education (AU Only)
  • Rehabilitation [Non-Certification] (Troy Only)
  • Religious Studies
  • Respiratory Therapy/Cardio Science
  • Restaurant and Hospitality Management (UA Only)


  • Social Science
  • Social Studies Education: Middle/High School
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Education: Middle/High School
  • Special Education
  • Speech Pathology
  • Sport & Fitness Management (Troy Only)
  • Surveying and Geomatics Science (Troy Only)


  • Technology, Industrial Technology or Engineering Technology
  • Telecommunication and Film or Broadcasting
  • Textile Management and Technology (AU Only)
  • Theatre


  • Wildlife Sciences (AU Only)

NOTE: Students must print and retain a STARS Articulation Guide for their specific program of study. Failure to do so may result in some courses not being accepted by the receiving institution.

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