The Associate in Science (AS) degree program prepares students for employment in selected fields. A certificate may be awarded in some programs after one year or less of prescribed work. An official high school transcript indicating graduation or official GED scores indicating successful completion and an official transcript sent directly from each college and university previously attended are required for admission to a college credit certificate program. Students who wish to transfer should pursue the Associate in Arts (AA) degree or the AS degree in one of the statewide articulated AS to BS/BA degree programs.
Associate in Science Degree Program
The Associate in Science (AS) degree will be awarded upon completion of the program hours shown in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. All AS degrees include at least 15 credit hours of General Education courses. All PHSC AS degrees include English Composition I, (ENC 1101). A grade of "C" or higher is required for all General Education courses, whether they are being used to fulfill program or elective requirements. At least 25 percent of the credits toward the degree, other than Credit-by-Exam, CLEP, or Advanced Placement, must be earned in residence at PHSC. A cumulative, degree-level grade point average of not less than 2.0 or "C" must be achieved prior to graduation.
Objectives of the AS Degree
The purpose of the AS degree is to prepare students to enter the workforce. Students who wish to transfer should contact the university to determine the transferability of courses. Statewide articulation exists between PHSC and the State University System and between selected public and private colleges and universities for some of the AS degrees to provide the opportunity to continue in a bachelor's degree program.
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 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.
AS and College Credit Certificate Programs
PHSC is authorized to award the Associate in Science (AS) degree and College Credit Certificates in career/technical fields upon satisfactory completion of the established standard number of credit hours required for each specific AS program as approved by the Division of Florida Colleges. Individuals must complete the 15-hour General Education courses for the AS degree and the remaining hours from an approved program. Only courses designated at the 1000 and 2000 levels are applicable to this degree. At least 25 percent of the credits toward the degree, other than Credit-by-Exam, CLEP, or Advanced Placement, must be earned in residence at PHSC. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of not less than 2.0 or "C" must be achieved by graduation. In all College Credit Certificate programs, a cumulative GPA of not less than 2.0 or "C" must be achieved. After completing the specified number of hours in a College Credit Certificate program, a student may continue in an AS degree. Students who wish to transfer credits from any AS program to another institution must accept the responsibility for securing approval in advance from that institution.
Health Programs Accreditation
The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA).
The Emergency Medical Services Program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the EMS Professions (CoAEMSP).
The Nursing (Associate Degree) R.N. Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
Associate in Science Degree Requirements
An Associate in Science (AS) degree will be awarded upon completion of the hours specified in the program. The individual must complete 15 hours in General Education courses and the remaining courses listed in the program. (The majority of AS degrees at PHSC require 18 hours in General Education courses.) Courses designated for Technical Certificates, except where specific articulation agreements exist, or those below the 1000 or 2000 level, are not applicable to this degree. At least 25 percent of the hours in a student's program, other than by Credit-By-Examination, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Advanced Placement (AP), must be earned in residence in classroom instruction at PHSC. A cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.0 must be achieved prior to graduation.
A grade of "C" or higher is required for all General Education courses whether they are being used to fulfill program or elective requirements.
The General Education requirements for the AS Degree are:
Communications 3 Semester Credit Hours
The following course is required for all students:
- ENC 1101 - English Composition I  3 cr.
Students are encouraged to enroll in English Composition I, (ENC 1101) during the first term of their enrollment at the College.
Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Semester Credit Hours
Select one of the following courses:
- AMH 2010 - History of the United States I  3 cr.
- AMH 2020 - History of the United States II  3 cr.
- AMH 2070 - History of Florida  3 cr.
- AMH 2091 - Survey of African American History  3 cr.
- ANT 2000 - Introduction to Anthropology  3 cr.
- ANT 2100 - Introduction to Archaeology  3 cr.
- ANT 2410 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3 cr.
- ANT 2511 - Introduction to Physical Anthropology  3 cr.
- CLP 2140 - Abnormal Psychology  3 cr.
- DEP 2002 - Child Psychology  3 cr.
- DEP 2004 - Lifespan Development  3 cr.
- DEP 2302 - Adolescent Psychology  3 cr.
- DEP 2402 - Psychology of Adulthood and Aging  3 cr.
- ECO 2013 - Principles of Macroeconomics  3 cr.
- ECO 2023 - Principles of Microeconomics  3 cr.
- EDP 2002 - Educational Psychology  3 cr.
- EUH 1000 - Western Civilization I: 700 BC to 1200 CE  3 cr.
- EUH 1001 - Western Civilization II: 1200 to 1763  3 cr.
- GEA 2000 - World Regional Geography  3 cr.
- GEA 2210 - Geography of North America  3 cr.
- HIS 2300 - War and Society  3 cr.
- INR 2002 - Introduction to International Relations  3 cr.
- ISS 2160 - Contemporary Ethnic Diversity Issues  3 cr.
- ISS 2263 - Psychosocial Aspects of the Holocaust  3 cr.
- POS 2041 - American Federal Government  3 cr.
- POS 2112 - State and Local Government  3 cr.
- PPE 2001 - Introduction to Personality  3 cr.
- PSY 1012 - Introduction to Psychology  3 cr.
- SOP 2640 - Consumer Psychology  3 cr.
- SOP 2721 - Cross-Cultural Psychology  3 cr.
- SOP 2772 - Human Sexuality  3 cr.
- SYG 1361 - Death in America  3 cr.
- SYG 1420 - Families in Transition  3 cr.
- SYG 2000 - Introduction to Sociology  3 cr.
- SYG 2010 - Social Problems  3 cr.
- SYG 2221 - Women in American Society  3 cr.
- SYG 2430 - Marriage and The Family  3 cr.
- SYG 2809 - Gender Violence in Global Perspectives  3 cr.
- SYO 2201 - Sociology of Religion  3 cr.
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 II 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.
Mathematics and Natural Sciences 3 Semester Credit Hours
Select one of the following courses:
- AST 1002 - Introduction to Astronomy  3 cr.
- BSC 1005 - Introduction to Biology  3 cr.
- BSC 1020 - Human Biology  3 cr.
- BSC 1050 - Introduction to Environmental Science  3 cr.
- BSC 1085 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I  3 cr.
- BSC 1085L - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory  1 cr.
- BSC 1086 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II  3 cr.
- BSC 1086L - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory  1 cr.
- BSC 1311 - Marine Biology  3 cr.
- BSC 2010 - Biology I  3 cr.
- BSC 2010L - Biology I Laboratory  1 cr.
- CHM 1020 - Chemistry in Your Life  3 cr.
- CHM 1025 - Introductory Chemistry  3 cr.
- CHM 1025L - Introductory Chemistry Laboratory  1 cr.
- CHM 2045 - General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I  3 cr.
- CHM 2045L - General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis I Laboratory  1 cr.
- CHM 2210C - Organic Chemistry I  5 cr.
- GLY 2010 - Introduction to Geology  3 cr.
- MAC 1105 - College Algebra  3 cr.
- MAC 1147 - Precalculus Algebra/Trigonometry  5 cr.
- MAC 2233 - Applied Calculus  4 cr.
- MAC 2311 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I  5 cr.
- MAC 2312 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II  5 cr.
- MAC 2313 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry III  4 cr.
- MAP 2302 - Differential Equations  3 cr.
- MCB 2010 - Microbiology  3 cr.
- MCB 2010L - Microbiology Laboratory  1 cr.
- MET 2010 - Introduction to Meteorology  3 cr.
- MGF 1106 - Mathematics for Liberal Arts  3.0 cr.
- MGF 1107 - Explorations in Mathematics  3 cr.
- MTG 2206 - College Geometry  3 cr.
- OCE 2001 - Introduction to Oceanography  3 cr.
- PHY 1053 - General Physics I  3 cr.
- PHY 1053L - General Physics I Laboratory  1 cr.
- PHY 2048C - General Physics I with Calculus  4 cr.
- PSC 1121 - Survey of the Physical Sciences  3 cr.
- PSC 1341 - Introduction to the Physical Sciences  3 cr.
- STA 2023 - Introduction to Statistics  3 cr.
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 requirement noted above still must be met.
Humanities 3 Semester Credit Hours
Select one of the following courses:
- ARH 1000 - Art Appreciation  3 cr.
- HUM 1020 - Introduction to Humanities  3 cr.
- HUM 2210 - Humanities: The Ancient World to the Middle Ages  3 cr.
- HUM 2230 - Humanities: The Renaissance to the Modern Day  3 cr.
- MUL 1110 - Music Appreciation  3 cr.
- PHI 1630 - Applied Ethics  3 cr.
- PHI 1010 - Introduction to Philosophy  3 cr.
- PHI 2070 - Introduction to Non-Western Philosophy  3 cr.
- PHI 2100 - Introduction to Logic  3 cr.
- REL 2000 - Introduction to Religion  3 cr.
- REL 2300 - World Religions  3 cr.
- THE 2010 - Survey of Drama: Ancient Greece to the Early Renaissance  3 cr.
- THE 2011 - Survey of Drama: High Renaissance to Present  3 cr.
- THE 1000 - Theatre Appreciation  3 cr.
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 IV requirement. Courses must begin with the following prefixes: ARH, HUM, MUL, PHI, REL, or THE. The credit hour requirement noted above still must be met.
Information Literacy and Technological Fluency 3 Semester Credit Hours
The following course is required for all students:
- CGS 1100 - Microcomputer Applications  3 cr.
Students are encouraged to enroll in Microcomputer Applications (CGS 1100), during the first term of their enrollment at the College.
Each program also will include computer competencies, general computational skills, oral communication skills and human relations skills taught in a specific course or courses, based on the curricular needs. Some programs also may require particular courses to meet the requirements in II, III, IV, and V above. See the individual program listings for required General Education Courses that must be completed.
It is strongly recommended that the first of any required English and mathematics courses be taken within the first 15 hours of course work. If the need for college preparatory courses is indicated by placement scores, college preparatory courses must be completed by the time the student completes 12 credit hours. The first of any required English and mathematics courses, as applicable, should be taken as soon thereafter as the student demonstrates the necessary skills for these courses.
In accordance with state Rule 6A.10.0315(1), Florida Administrative Code, students entering into degree programs (including AA, and AS) shall enroll in college preparatory communication and computation courses if their placement test scores indicate a need for college preparatory coursework. Students must successfully complete required college preparatory coursework by the time they have accumulated twelve (12) hours of college credit courses, or must maintain continuous enrollment in college preparatory courses until requirements are completed while performing satisfactorily in their degree coursework.