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Curriculum and Requirements

PHSC provides programs of instruction consisting of college credit courses offered to freshmen and sophomores who intend to transfer to a Baccalaureate Degree program. The State of Florida has identified common prerequisites for all majors within the State University System (SUS) programs. For the most current information, students should meet with an academic advisor. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule regular advising appointments to discuss their AA progression.

Some college/university majors have no common prerequisites while others have very specific prerequisites. These differing requirements should be considered when students make course selections to satisfy the 36-credit hour General Education Requirement as well as the remaining 24 credit hours needed to complete the AA degree. (See (AA) degree General Education Requirements for more information.)

It is the student's responsibility to verify the transfer prerequisites and grade point average (GPA) requirements for the specific program at the selected university.

PHSC will review student files to verify completion of the degree requirements for the student's declared program of study. Upon earning the credits required to meet the 60-credit AA degree, students will be graduated. Students who graduate cannot continue to receive Title IV financial aid and/or Florida Bright Futures while completing the transfer courses.

Intermediate Algebra (MAT 1033) may be required as a prerequisite for college-level math courses based on placement test scores and will count as elective credit.

Gordon Rule

Rule 6A-10.030, Florida Administrative Code , hereafter referred to as the Gordon Rule, applies to students who entered college for the first time after Spring Term of the 1982-83 academic year. The rule stipulates the requirements of student performance in both the communications and mathematics areas.  A grade of "C" or higher is required for all General Education courses, whether they are being used to fulfill program or elective requirements.

Prior to the award of an Associate in Arts degree, students at the College must fulfill the communication and computation requirements of the Gordon Rule by successfully completing the following courses with a grade of "C" or higher:

  1. Six (6) credit hours consisting English Composition I (ENC 1101), and English Composition II (ENC 1102), or a course equivalent to English Composition II (ENC 1102)
  2. Three (3) credit hours of humanities course work
  3. Three (3) credit hours of social and behavioral sciences course work
  4. Six (6) credit hours of mathematics course work at the level of College Algebra (MAC 1105), or higher

Course descriptions for all courses that fulfill the Gordon Rule communication and computation requirements will include a statement indicating that the course satisfies the Gordon Rule and that a grade of "C" or higher must be attained. These course descriptions are contained in the PHSC Catalog and Student Handbook. Students taking any course that is identified in the PHSC Catalog and Student Handbook as a Gordon Rule course must fulfill the writing requirements of that course whether they are taking the course to fulfill General Education requirements or as an elective.

Gordon Rule Writing-Intensive Courses

PHSC's faculty has established the following rationale for identifying writing-intensive courses that may be used to satisfy the college-level communication portion of the Gordon Rule:

A writing-intensive course is a content-specific course that has as major instructional, learning and assessment objectives, a substantial discipline-based writing component that consists of instructor-assessed, college-level writing assignments. College-level writing exhibits critical and analytical skills to discuss a topic; presents paragraphs that are focused, developed, organized, coherent, and unified; expresses ideas in complete, clear, well-structured sentences; and enhances ideas through discipline-appropriate diction, conventions, and rhetorical strategies. In a writing-intensive course, students are expected to produce a substantial amount of discipline-based writing of which the majority is assessed by faculty toward refining college-level writing skills in a specific discipline.

Foreign Language Requirement

Based on Florida Statute 240.233, all undergraduate students who are admitted to a state university shall have earned two credits of sequential foreign language or American Sign Language at the secondary level or the equivalent of such instruction (eight to 10 semester hours) at the postsecondary level.

An alternate method for students to demonstrate equivalent foreign language competence is by means of credit awarded on the basis of scores on the foreign language subject matter examinations in the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) as indicated in Rule 6A-10.024(5)(b), F.A.C., which shall count toward the eight to ten semester hours. The examination, minimum scores for awarding credit, and maximum credit to be awarded are:

Examination Minimum Score Maximum Credit
     
French 62 8
  50 4
German 63 8
  50 4
Spanish 66 8
  50 4

Any AA degree graduate from a Florida state college admitted without meeting the foreign language requirement must earn such credits prior to graduation from a state university.

Objectives of the AA Degree

The purpose of the AA degree program is to prepare students for transfer at the junior level, especially to the State University System (SUS) of Florida, by providing academic courses that are parallel in content and quality to those taught within the SUS.

General Education Student Learning Outcomes

The General Education curriculum at PHSC provides students with varied opportunities to integrate knowledge, skills, abilities, and attitudes that are essential for personal, intellectual and professional enrichment. The College's General Education curriculum assures breadth that cannot be found in any specific discipline. It exposes all degree seeking students to a diversity of disciplines.

A student learning outcome is a statement of what students should understand and be able to do as a result of what they learned in a course or program of study. The College's General Education Student Learning Outcomes are:

Communications: Students will display effective reading, writing, speaking, listening and nonverbal communication skills.

Critical Thinking: Students will think creatively, logically, critically and reflectively to analyze, synthesize, use and evaluate information.

Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning: Students will apply scientific inquiry and quantitative reasoning to solve problems.

Information Literacy and Technological Fluency: Students will demonstrate the fluent use of technology to locate, organize, analyze and document information from a variety of resources.

Cultural Literacy and Global Awareness: Students will develop a critical understanding of the social, behavioral, cultural, ethical, global and historical processes that define human diversity.

Students are provided assistance to enhance the probability of successful performance at the college level. For example, entering students are administered the Common Placement Test or the Postsecondary Educational Readiness Test (PERT) so they can be advised and placed in the proper communication and computation courses.

General Education Requirements for the AA Program

Additional courses may be required for nonexempt students based on placement test scores.

Note: Developmental education courses are not considered to be college credit courses, and do not count toward a degree.

A grade of "C" or higher is required for all General Education courses, whether they are being used to fulfill program or elective requirements.

English/Reading Developmental Education Courses (0-8 Hours)

Math Developmental Education Courses (0-6 Hours)

AREA I.

Communications 9 Semester Credit Hours

The following course is required for all students:


Note(s):

Students are encouraged to enroll in English Composition I, (ENC 1101) during the first term of their enrollment at the College.

Select one of the following courses:

The following course is required for all students:

Note(s):

Credit earned in courses not offered by PHSC but awarded via transfer evaluations, examinations, and other external credit mechanisms also may be used to meet the Area I requirement. Courses must begin with the following prefixes: AML, ENC, ENG, ENL, or LIT. The credit hour requirement noted above must still be met.

AREA II.

Mathematics 6 Semester Credit Hours

Select two of the following courses:

Note(s):

Credit earned in courses not offered by PHSC but awarded via transfer evaluations, examinations, and other external credit mechanisms also may be used to meet the Area II requirement. Courses must begin with the following prefixes: MAC, MAP, MGF, MTG, or STA. The credit hour requirement noted above must still be met.

AREA III.

Natural Sciences 6 Semester Credit Hours

Select courses from either Option One or Option Two.

Option One

Choose one three or four semester credit-hour course from Category A and one three or four semester credit hour course from Category B. This option usually is selected by students who do not intend to major in natural sciences, engineering or health-related professions. Some courses have a corequisite laboratory. Courses with the suffix of C have the lecture and laboratory combined into one course.

Category A
Category B

Option Two

Choose two courses with their corequisite laboratories. Both the course and corresponding laboratory course must be passed to receive credit in Option Two. This option usually is selected by students who intend to major in the natural sciences, engineering or healthrelated professions. Courses with the suffix of C have the lecture and laboratory combined into one course.

Note(s):

Credit earned in courses not offered by PHSC but awarded via transfer evaluations, examinations, and other external credit mechanisms also may be used to meet the Area III requirement. Courses must begin with the following prefixes: AST, BOT, BSC, CHM, GLY, MCB, MET, OCE, PHY, or PSC. The credit hour and laboratory requirements noted above still must be met.

AREA IV.

Social and Behavioral Sciences 6 Semester Credit Hours

Select two of the following courses:

Note(s):

Credit earned in courses not offered by PHSC but awarded via transfer evaluations, examinations, and other external credit mechanisms may also be used to meet the Area IV requirement. Courses must begin with the following prefixes: AMH, ANT, CLP, DEP, ECO, EDP, EUH, GEA, HIS, INR, ISS, POS, PPE, PSY, SOP, SYG, or SYO. The credit hour requirement noted above must still be met.

AREA V.

Humanities 6 Semester Credit Hours

Select two of the following courses:

Note(s):

Credit earned in courses not offered by PHSC, but awarded via transfer evaluations, examinations, and other external credit mechanisms also may be used to meet the Area V requirement. Courses must begin with the following prefixes: ARH, HUM, MUL, PHI, REL, or THE. The credit-hour requirement noted above must still be met.

AREA VI.

Information Literacy and Technological Fluency 3 Semester Credit Hours

The following course is required for all students:

Note(s):

Students are encouraged to enroll in Microcomputer Applications (CGS 1100), during the first term of their enrollment at the College.

All courses used to meet General Education Requirements must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

Electives 24 cr.

Additional Information:

Sixty hours of college-level work are required in the AA program. Beyond the 36 hours of General Education Requirements, the remaining 24 hours may be completed from courses at the 1000 or 2000 level listed in the PHSC Catalog and Student Handbook.

Students must satisfy all college preparatory requirements before completing 12 credit hours.

Students who do not meet the foreign language requirement set by the State University System (SUS) of Florida (See "Foreign Language Requirement") are urged to take these courses. See an advisor for details.

Exceptions to Mathematics Requirement:

Successful completion of any of the following combinations of courses will not satisfy the mathematics requirement for the AA degree:

  • Both MAC 1102 and MAC 1105
  • Both MAC 1104 and MAC 1105
  • Both MAC 1114 and MAC 1147
  • Both MGF 1202 and MGF 1106
  • Students are urged to select electives relevant to their proposed major. If the major is undecided, advisors are prepared to provide assistance in the selection process. Common course prerequisites for students transferring to the State University System (SUS) of Florida have been established for all degree programs. Students should consult an advisor to determine the required prerequisites for transfer to a specific degree program within the Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS).