The Associate in Arts: University Parallel Program
The Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) is a university parallel degree designed for students who intend to earn a bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university. The A.A. degree is comparable to the freshman and sophomore years (lower division) of a university program and requires a total of 60 college-level credit hours for completion.
Within the 60 credit hour A.A. curriculum, students must successfully complete 36 credit hours of general education courses from within the subject areas of communications, mathematics, humanities, behavioral/social sciences and natural sciences. A specific number of credit hours are required in each subject area. A grade of "C" or higher must be earned in all courses designated as Gordon Rule.
The remaining 24 credit hours are electives. It is essential that students work closely with an academic advisor to choose electives required for their intended major at the university or college baccalaureate degree program. The A.A. Planning Guide can help you track your progress.
Also take advantage of the Transfer GPS: Graduation Plans for Success that Eastern Florida has prepared for popular bachelor's level programs such as business, education, engineering, health sciences and music to ensure the plan of study for your A.A. matches up with your future education plans. To transfer into junior level work in a specific major, students must have completed the common program prerequisites for their selected degree so let our Transfer GPS pages and EFSC advisors help guide you.
While students who earn an A.A. degree are guaranteed admission to one of the twelve public Florida universities, they are not guaranteed admission to a limited access program within the institution. These programs limit enrollment to a specific number of applicants and have more rigorous admission standards, so it is imperative that students take all steps necessary to be eligible while at the College.
Visit our articulation agreements page for more information on the documents that guide the transfer process after receiving an EFSC credential. Plus see the Florida College Transfer Student Bill of Rights below, explore our transfer options webpage and click to view official EFSC Catalog A.A. information.
Foreign Language Requirement
For students initially entering Eastern Florida in 2014-2015 and after, including former dual enrollment students entering college for the first time following high school graduation in fall 2014 or after, coursework for an Associate in Arts degree must include demonstration of competency in a foreign language pursuant to s.1007.262, Florida Statutes. Visit EFSC's Foreign Language Competency page for more details on meeting this requirement, including through proficiency testing offered at EFSC.
Students who graduate from Florida colleges with an A.A. degree are guaranteed the following rights under the Statewide Articulation Agreement (State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024):
- Admission to one of the state universities, except to limited access programs.
- Acceptance of at least 60 semester hours by the state universities.
- Adherence to the university requirements and policies, based on the catalog in effect at the time the student first enters college, provided the student maintains continuous enrollment.
- Transfer of equivalent courses under the Statewide Course Numbering System Acceptance by the state universities of credits earned in accelerated programs (e.g., CLEP, AP, Dual Enrollment, Early Admission, International Baccalaureate and AICE).
- No additional General Education Core requirements. Advance knowledge of selection criteria for limited access programs.
- Equal opportunity with native university students to enter limited access programs.
- The state universities will honor all grade forgiveness awarded under the A.A. degree.