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Associate in Arts Degree General Information

Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) - Transfer

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) offers one Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. A total of 36 general education credits is required and a minimum of 24 credits is required in the elective area.

Associate in Arts [1058] This curriculum classification is for students who, upon graduation from SCF, transfer to a public or private college/university to earn a bachelor’s degree in a specific area of study. Many areas of study are available at Florida public and selected private colleges/universities for which students may prepare while completing the Associate in Arts degree at SCF. Academic advisors are available to assist with program planning so that the proper academic program prerequisites are taken prior to successful transfer to the university/college from SCF.

Undecided [1052] This curriculum classification is for students who are undecided about their career and/or university/college major. Advisors will ensure that students are provided a broad academic background and the opportunity to focus on a wide array of academic and/or career goals.

Programs Paralleling State University Lower Division 

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) offers areas of study leading to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. Usually referred to as the university parallel or transfer degree, it is designed for students who plan to complete the equivalent of their first two years of college work at SCF and then transfer to a senior institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree. 

The bachelor’s degree, offered by four-year colleges (including SCF) and universities, is defined by a total minimum of 120 term credits: 60 credits at the lower division plus 60 credits at the upper division. At the lower division, students enroll in general education courses and courses to prepare for the major. At the upper division, students declare the major and enroll in specific courses that constitute the major. The A.A. degree is parallel to the first 60 credits of the lower division. 

The A.A. degree includes a minimum of 36 credits of general education requirements in the areas of communications, mathematics, social science, humanities and natural science. An additional 24 credits are required in course work to prepare students for their majors at the upper division of a university or four-year college. Included in the A.A. degree of 60 credits is the requirement that students complete SCF’s international/intercultural requirement and Gordon Rule writing and mathematics requirements. It also is an A.A. requirement to pass the exit exam, achieve a minimum score on a national standardized exam or demonstrate successful remediation and achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Students who do not complete all of the international/intercultural and the Gordon Rule courses within the 60 credits must complete additional courses to fulfill A.A. degree requirements. No substitution of courses can be made without approval of the appropriate administrator(s). 

Students who complete the A.A. degree and are planning to transfer to a state-assisted senior institution have transfer guarantees based on the State Articulation Agreement (SBE Rule 6A-10.024, FAC). General education requirements are considered met when SCF awards the A.A degree, and no further general education courses will be required by state universities. When students include the state prerequisites for university majors within the A.A. degree, students are guaranteed successful transfer within Florida’s State University System, except to majors that have selective admissions or limited access. 

Students attending on a part-time basis will require more than two years to complete the 60 A.A. credits. College preparatory (C.P.) credits and courses carrying only Associate in Science (A.S.) credits cannot be applied to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. 

Students who place into one or more college preparatory courses are strongly encouraged to enroll in the following SLS courses (one credit hour each) prior to completion of the first 15 degree-term credits:   ,  , and   . 

For information about SCF bachelor’s degree programs, visit scf.edu/Bachelors

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Florida’s State Universities
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  University of Central Florida ucf.edu
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  University of North Florida unf.edu
  University of South Florida usf.edu
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Associate in Arts Degree

Prerequisites for State University Majors 

State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) offers one Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. A total of 36 general education credits plus a minimum of 24 elective credits is required. This degree is designed for students who, upon graduation from SCF, plan to continue on at SCF or transfer to a public or private college/university to earn a bachelor’s degree in a specific area of study. Students are encouraged to include their university premajor requirements within the A.A. degree. The state universities in Florida currently offer more than 500 majors. To maximize transferability to a specific university major, students are advised to choose an area of study as early as possible while attending SCF. Students who have not met the universities’ foreign language requirement in high school (two years of the same foreign language) should include eight credits of foreign language within the A.A. degree. 

Students need to take responsibility for determining the core prerequisites of the institution to which they are transferring as some university requirements may vary. 

Students who are undecided about the area of study are urged to work closely with student development advisors and the career resource center. Many careers require degrees in specific majors, and setting career goals can clarify the educational path for many students.

The state’s articulation coordinating council has helped to identify and publish state prerequisites for each major. Common prerequisite listings of university majors are used by student development advisors and students in developing individual program plans. These listings are available from the state website, Florida Virutal Campus

In addition to the articulation agreement between Florida community colleges and state universities, SCF has developed transfer agreements with private colleges and universities to assist SCF graduates with smooth, seamless transfers to the upper divisions of these institutions. Students are urged to work with SCF student development advisors to identify and select appropriate transfer colleges. 

As SCF is a regionally accredited institution, SCF credits transfer successfully to other accredited colleges. However, students considering transfer to private institutions or to out-of-state institutions that do not have agreements with SCF should be aware that requirements vary at private colleges and out-of-state universities. Students should contact the transferring institution for guidance in selecting courses that will provide the needed preparation for the chosen majors. 

Below are programs that identify the state university majors for which students may prepare while completing the A.A. degree. The information is used by student development advisors and students in program planning so that the proper university prerequisites are completed before transferring. Advising assistance is available at SCF and online through Florida Virtual Campus, but students are responsible for determining not only the common prerequisites for a university major but also any additional university-specific requirements and deadlines.




African-American Studies


Art — General

Art History and Appreciation

Art — Studio/Fine Art

Astronomy/Atmosphere Science/Meteorology

Biology/Ecology/Clinical Chemistry/

Marine Biology/Plant Pathology

Business Administration and Management/Business/Business Managerial Economics/Finance/Hospitality Management


Chemistry Science

Civil Technology

Community Health

Computer and Information Engineering

Computer and Information Science

Criminal Justice Studies

Dietetics/Nutritional Services

Dramatic Arts (Theatre)

Economics — Business



(It is strongly advised that all education majors see an SCF academic advisor for appropriate course selection.)

Education —Art

Education — Biology — Secondary

Education — Chemistry — Secondary

Education — Drama

Education — Earth/Space — Secondary

Education — English

Education — Foreign Language

Education — Health

Education — Home Economics Teacher

Education — Mathematics — Secondary

Education — Music

Education — Physical Education/Teacher/Coaching

Education — Physics — Secondary

Education — Science — Middle School

Education — Social Sciences

Education — Special/Elementary/

Pre-Elementary/Early Childhood

Education —Trade and Industrial —Vocational

Industrial/Occupational Specialist Training/

Technical Education

Electrical/Electronics Engineering


English — General/Literature

Forensic Science




Health Administration

Health Information Management

Health Professions Administration


Human Services


Independent Studies

Information Sciences and Systems


Liberal Arts and Sciences

Magazine Production

Mass Communications



Motion Picture & TV/Recording Art/TV Technology

Music General/Performance/Composition/

Theory/Jazz Studies/History and Appreciation

Nutrition and Dietetics

Paralegal/Legal Assisting



Philosophy and Religion



Political Science and Government

Psychology — General

Public Administration

Radio and TV Broadcasting

Radiologic Technology

Rehabilitative Services

Religious Studies

Rhetorical Speech and Communication

Social Sciences — General

Social Work — General


Associate in Arts Degree Requirements Summary

  1. Satisfactory completion, a grade of “C” or better, of the general education requirements for the A.A. degree (36 credits minimum from among the five areas)
  2. Satisfactory completion of at least six term credits of International/Intercultural education
  3. Satisfactory completion of all courses necessary to meet the requirement of the Gordon Rule (SBE Rule 6A-10.030)
  4. Satisfactory completion of at least 60 A.A. term credits of academic work exclusive of college preparatory courses and courses applicable only to an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree