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2014-2015 Catalog 
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate of Science, A.S.

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The Associate of Science (A.S.) 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.S. 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 which students should be aware of 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.S. 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.S. degree will receive the Michigan Transfer Agreement endorsement on their GRCC transcript.

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 inform which general education (English Composition, Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science & Mathematics) and elective courses students should take to complete their A.S. degree. 

The following Transfer Intent options are available:

  •  Biology
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Other (identify a program/major that is not on this list)

General Education Courses

Select a minimum of 30 credit hours from the English Cmposition, Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Sciences & Mathematics courses.  These 30 credit hours fulfill the Michigan Transfer Agreement requirements.

English Composition

Select two courses in English Composition.


Select two Humanities courses from two different disciplines (subjects) from the list below.

Social Science

Select PS 110 and one additional Social Science course from the list below, other than PS discipline.

Political Science

All students must take PS 110 to graduate.

Natural Science & Mathematics

Select 20 credit hours from two or more disciplines (subjects), including two “two-semester” course sequences taken from a minimum of two disciplines (subjects), one of which must be a laboratory science. You must include at least one Math course that meets the Michigan Transfer Agreement guidelines.

Biology Course Sequences

 For a biology major sequence, BI 151 and BI 152 are required for most transfer institutions.

Mathematics Course Sequences



Physical Science Course Sequences



Once you have selected your English Composition, Humanities, Social Science, Natural Science & Mathematics and Wellness courses, you can take any 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 need to take will depend on the number of credit hours you complete in General Education courses.  The maximum number of elective credit hours needed to graduate is 29.

Total Credits: 60

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