General A.S. Degree Information

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is the two-year career education degree offered by Florida colleges (previously known as community colleges) to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. A.S. degrees will transfer to Florida colleges; making it possible for students to complete a Bachelor’s degree. View your options within the Florida College System at www.floridashines.org.

A.S. programs require a minimum of two years of study. Programs contain a minimum of 15 credit hours of General Education and a minimum of 45 credit hours of career specific courses. The General Education courses are designed to provide students with the general knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a technical work environment. The career-specific courses have been developed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies required for initial employment. These courses are divided into program specific groupings such as Major Courses, Core Courses and Support Courses. In addition, some programs allow students to select one or more courses from a list of approved Technical Electives.

It is very important that students meet with an academic advisor to carefully plan their schedule to target completion of the A.S. degree program. Certain programs require students to complete technical courses in a specific sequence to ensure learning is maximized. Also, courses in A.S. degree program may only be offered on certain campuses and/or may be offered only during a specific semester.

General Education Requirements:
Depending on the program, the courses to be taken as the General Education portion of the A.S. degree may be exactly specified or may allow students to select from a set of preapproved courses. Equivalent honors-level courses may be used in any area. Click here to view the official EFSC Catalog A.S. degree general education requirements.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS: 3 credits required
ENC 1101 Composition 1

COMPUTATION: 3 credits required
Note: All non-exempt A.S. students must demonstrate college level mathematics competency by completing all required developmental education courses, even if their program allows the use of a natural science course.

Math requirements differ by program. Some programs have specific math requirements which must be met for graduation.

ORAL COMMUNICATIONS: 3 credits required
SPC 2608 Fundamentals of Speech Communications

HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT: 3 credits required

SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE: 3 credits required
Exception: HLP 1081 may not be used to satisfy the A.S. Social/Behavioral Science requirement.

The A.S. technical degree programs are developed and maintained with assistance from technical advisory committees. These committees are actively involved in reviewing the curriculum, equipment, and facilities, and preparing recommendations that assist the College in keeping programs state-of-the-art. All A.S.  Degree programs of study may not be offered at each campus.


Graduation Requirements for the Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree

Responsibility for meeting the requirements for graduation rests with the student. The Associate in Science Degree is awarded to those students who have:

  1. Satisfactorily completed a prescribed course of study that totals at least 60 hours and satisfactorily completed all courses within the student's selected program.

  2. Satisfied entry assessment requirements and/or completed with a grade of “S” or better all required college-developmental education courses in reading, writing, and mathematics.

  3. Completed at least 25% of the college credit hours through Eastern Florida State College.

  4. Achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher in all college work attempted. An "I" received in term of graduation is calculated as an "F" grade for purposes of computing the student's GPA for graduation. If the course work is completed within three weeks of the beginning of the following term, resulting in a passing grade, the student's transcript will be amended and a final GPA calculated.

  5. Filed an Intent to Graduate Application on or before the published deadline. This includes an advisor's signature and the payment of graduation fee.

  6. Submitted all outstanding transcripts and removed all financial obligations to the college. Final transcript and diploma will not be released until student has removed all financial obligations to the college.