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Program Overview

The Associate in Arts College Transfer Pathway provides up to 32-33 credit hours leading to the Associate in Arts and is designed for high school juniors and seniors who wish to begin study toward the Associate in Arts degree and a baccalaureate degree in a non-STEM major (something other than science, technology, engineering, or mathematics).

High school juniors and seniors are eligible to enroll if they (a) have a weighted GPA of at least 3.0 on high school courses and (b) demonstrate college readiness in English, reading, and mathematics. Students are not obligated to complete a pathway or to take classes in a particular order, except in the case of prerequisites.

Optional General Education Hours (0-6 SHC): A student may take up to 6 SHC of foreign language courses and accompanying labs, in a single language, designated as General Education in the CAA as a part of this pathway. These courses are not part of the Universal General Education Transfer Component. Students who complete these courses with a grade of “C” or better will receive transfer credit. The receiving university will determine whether the courses will count as general education, pre-major, or elective credit.

Program Contacts:

Dr. Ashley Morrison

Vice President of Instruction

Degree Curriculum

English Composition - Six Credit Hours

ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry 3
ENG-112 Writing and Research in the Disciplines 3

Communication/Humanities/Fine Arts - Select two courses from the following:

ART-111 Art Appreciation 3
ART-114 Art History Survey I 3
ART-115 Art History Survey II 3
COM-231 Public Speaking 3
MUS-110 Music Appreciation 3
MUS-112 Introduction to Jazz 3
PHI-240 Introduction to Ethics 3

Literature - Select one course from the following:

ENG-231 American Literature I 3
ENG-232 American Literature II 3
ENG-241 British Literature I 3
ENG-242 British Literature II 3

Math - Select one course from the following:

MAT-143 Quantitative Literacy 3
MAT-152 Statistical Methods I 4
MAT-171 Precalculus Algebra 4

Social/Behavioral Science - Select two courses from the following:

ECO-251 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO-252 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
POL-120 American Government 3
PSY-150 General Psychology 3
SOC-210 Introduction to Sociology 3

History - Select one course from the following:

HIS-111 World Civilizations I 3
HIS-112 World Civilizations II 3
HIS-131 American History I 3
HIS-132 American History II 3

Natural Science - Select four credit hours from the following:

BIO-110 Principles of Biology 4
BIO-111 General Biology I 4
CHM-151 General Chemistry I 4
PHY-110 Conceptual Physics 3
PHY-110A Conceptual Physics Lab 1

Academic Transition

ACA-122 College Transfer Success 1

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Associate in Arts Program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate thinking that is clear, accurate, precise, relevant, logical, deep, broad, and fair, while analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating – Critical Thinking
  2. Produce writing that is clear, precise, organized, incisive, and correct (according to the guidelines of Standard Written English) for a variety of purposes and audiences – Writing
  3. Read actively and analytically at the college level and synthesize and apply information across disciplines – Reading
  4. Speak in a manner that is clear, precise, coherent, perceptive, audience-aware, and correct (according to SWE) in both small and large group settings – Speaking
  5. Recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information – Information Literacy

The Associate in Arts is also available online. Online degree students follow the same degree requirements and program learning outcomes as students earning the degree in the traditional format. Though not all transfer courses offered on campus are also offered online, enough are offered via distance to earn the full degree in two years.

Program Costs

Pathway In-State Out-of-State
Tuition and Fees $0.00 $0.00
Books and Supplies $1,200.00 – $1,600.00 $1,200.00 – $1,600.00
Total Cost $1,200.00 – $1,600.00 $1,200.00 – $1,600.00

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Program Facts

Students attending Surry Community College for two years instead of going straight to a four-year college or university typically save


On average students who transfer from a community college outperform students who go straight to a four-year school.

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Attending SCC is a great way for students to gain an affordable college education. The faculty and staff are extremely supportive and offer top-quality education.

Jewel Carrie Parker

SCC Graduate

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