Mar 27, 2023  
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Associate of Arts, A.A.

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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 requirments of 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:

  • Architecture
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Sociology
  • Social Work
  • Theater
  • Other (identify a program/major that is not on this list)
  • Undecided (interested in a program/major not listed)


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.

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.

Mathematics & Natural Science

Select one math course from the list below.  Select two science courses from two different disciplines (subjects) from the list below.   One of the science courses must be a lab science.

Science (with Lab)

Wellness Graduation Requirement


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 credits hours you will need to take will depend on the number of credit hours you complete in General Education courses.  The maximum number of elective credits need to graduate is 29.

Total Credit Hours: 60

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