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2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Arts, A.A.

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Academic Program Code: 007

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a college or university as a junior to complete a bachelor’s degree. The A.A. degree allows students to take specific courses that are equivalent to those offered in the freshman and sophomore years at four-year institutions. Bachelor’s degree programs or majors at 4-year institutions may also require specific coursework or have admission requirements about which students should be aware if they intend to transfer. Understanding all of these requirements prepares a student to enter an identified program or major at a specific college or university once they graduate from GRCC. With careful and early planning, students who earn an A.A. degree from GRCC may meet the majority of the general education and pre-requisite requirements for the program or major in which they intend to transfer. All students who graduate with an A.A. degree will receive the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) on their GRCC transcript, if they meet the requirements of MTA (grade of a “C” or higher in each course used to meet the MTA).

Students should work with a GRCC advisor or faculty member to identify their Transfer Intent and create an individualized Transfer Plan. Transfer Plans are created by identifying a program/major at a specific 4-year institution and creating a plan that allows students to complete the first two years of that program/major here at GRCC. The Transfer Plan will identify which general education (English Composition, Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science Mathematics) and elective courses the student should take to complete their A.A. degree.

The following Transfer Intent options are available:

  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Astronomy
  • Athletic Training
  • Biology
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Digital Animation & Game Design
  • Economics
  • Education (Elementary)
  • Education (Secondary)
  • Engineering
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • German
  • Health Information Management
  • History
  • Hospitality & Tourism Management
  • Human Resources
  • International Relations
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Nursing (BSN)
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Health
  • Pre-Law (various degree options)
  • Pre-Law Enforcement/Police Acad
  • Pre-Medicine (Biological Sciences)
  • Pre-Optometry (Biology)
  • Pre-Physician Assistant (Biological Sciences)
  • Public Relations
  • Recreation Leadership & Management
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Speech Pathology & Audiology
  • Statistics
  • Theater
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Women & Gender Studies
  • Writing


  • Other (identify a program/major that is not on this list)
  • Undecided (intend to transfer, but unsure of program/major)

General Education Courses

Select 30 credit hours from English Compostion, Social Science, Humanities and Natural Sciences & Mathematics. These 30 credit hours fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) requirements. Students qualify for the MTA if they receive a grade of a “C” or higher in each course used to meet the MTA.

English Composition

Select two of the following courses.


Select two Humanities Electives from two different disciplines.

Foreign Language

Social Sciences

Select PS 110 and one additional Social Science course from a discipline other than PS.

Political Science

All students must take PS 110 to graduate.


Natural Science & Mathematics

From the list below, slect one math course AND two science courses from two different disciplines (subject ares).  At least one of the scienc courses must include a lab.

Natural Science (with Lab)

Program Elective Courses

Once you have selected your English Composition, Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science & Mathematics and Wellness courses, you can take other GRCC courses to complete your degree. For maximum transferability, all courses should be chosen based on your identified program or major at the specific four-year institution you plan to attend. The number of elective credit hours you will need to take will depend on the number of credit hours you complete in General Education courses. 

Total Credit Hours


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