Curriculum Programs of Study

The wide variety of curriculum credit programs at GTCC are designed to meet the educational needs of individual citizens, businesses and industries in Guilford County. When you successfully complete a program of study, you can earn an associate degree, a diploma or a certificate, depending on the program.

GTCC offers a wide variety of planned educational programs, called "curriculum" programs, which range in length from one semester to two years. These programs lead tocertificates, diplomas, or associate's degrees, depending on the nature of the curriculum. Curriculum programs include Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts, Associate in Applied Science, Associate in General Education, diploma, and certificate programs. All curricula are subject to change.

College Transfer

Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Fine Arts.
GTCC offers college transfer through the Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.) and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree programs.

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in one of the liberal arts disciplines or training at a professional school that requires a strong liberal arts background.

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in areas of study such as computer science, engineering, mathematics, the sciences or professional programs that require strong mathematics and science backgrounds.

The Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degree is designed for students who want to pursue a four-year degree in areas of study such as art, drama or music.

The Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (C.A.A.) addresses the transfer of students between institutions in the North Carolina Community College System and the constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. To be eligible for the transfer of credits under the CAA, the student must graduate from the community college with an Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) degree or have completed the 44 hour general education core as defined below and have an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and a grade of "C" or better in all CAA courses. Because the AFA curriculum standard includes only 28 semester hour credits for general education, AFA students who transfer must meet the general education requirements of the receiving institution. Information about the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement can be located at http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/Programs/transfer-information.htm.

The Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (ICAA) between signatory institutions of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) and the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) is intended to provide smooth transfer for community college students who wish to continue their education at an NCICU institution which has signed the agreement. Information about the Independent Comprehensive Articulation Agreement can be located at http://www.ncicu.org/

A diploma is available for the completion of the Associate in Arts (A.A.) or Associate in Science (A.S.) general education core. The core is the first level of completion that allows students to take advantage of the terms of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement.

 

Technical Programs

Career-Technical (not intended for college transfer)
Associate in Applied Science, Associate in General Education, Diploma, Certificate

Associate in Applied Science

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) programs are designed to provide entry-level employment training. AAS programs range from 64 to 76 semester hour credits. A full-time student can typically complete one of these programs within two years. In addition to major course work, Associate in Applied Science degree programs require a minimum of 15 semester hour credits of general education. General education requirements include course work in communications, humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences and natural sciences/mathematics. Certain courses in Associate in Applied Science degree programs may be accepted by a four-year college or university for transfer credit in an associated field.

Diploma
Diploma programs are designed to provide training for entry-level employment. Diploma programs range from 36 to 48 semester hour credits and can usually be completed by a full-time student within two semesters and one summer session. Associate degree level courses within a diploma program may also be applied toward an Associate in Applied Science degree.


Certificate
Certificate programs are designed to provide training for entry-level employment. Certificate programs range from 12 to 18 semester hour credits and can usually be completed within one semester by a full-time student. Associate degree level courses within a certificate program may also be applied toward a diploma or an Associate in Applied Science degree.

 

 

Last published: 10/02/2013