Staff Policy D-105.02
Institutional Effectiveness Criterion: Scholarship

Associate in Science and Arts (ASA)

The Associate in Science and Arts (ASA) is a liberal arts degree generally pursued by students planning to transfer to a four-year institution or by students who have not decided on an emphasis of study.

  1. 2 courses in Composition: 6 semester hours minimum
    English Composition (ENG 111 and 112). A 2.0 or higher in each course is required to satisfy this degree requirement.
  2. 1 course in Mathematics: 3 semester hours minimum
    Any entry-level college course that meets the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) math requirement. A 2.0 or higher is required to satisfy this degree requirement.
  3. 2 courses in Social Sciences: 6 semester hours minimum
    Group 1* courses must be selected from at least two of the following areas. Not all courses within an area are eligible for fulfilling this requirement . A 2.0 or higher in each course is required to satisfy this degree requirement.

    Anthropology
    Economics
    Geography

    Political Science
    Psychology
    Sociology

  4. 2 courses in Humanities: 6 semester hours minimum
    Group 1* courses must be selected from at least two of the following areas. Not all courses within an area are eligible for fulfilling this requirement . A 2.0 or higher in each course is required to satisfy this degree requirement.

    Art
    History
    Humanities
    Literature

    Music
    Philosophy/Religion
    Second-year foreign language

  5. 2 courses in Natural Sciences: 6 semester hours minimum
    Must include one lecture/lab science course.
    Group 1* courses must be selected from at least two of the following areas. Not all courses within an area are eligible for fulfilling this requirement . A 2.0 or higher in each course is required to satisfy this degree requirement.

    Astronomy
    Biology
    Chemistry

    Environmental Science
    Physics

  6. 1 course supporting Cultural Perspective/Diversity: 3 semester hours
    Choose one course from a list of qualifying courses.*
    This course may also be used to fulfill other degree requirements.
  7. Any additional Group 1 course needed for a minimum of 30 semester hours of general education coursework. A 2.0 or higher is required to satisfy this degree requirement.
  8. Electives (Group 1* or Group 2*): any credit courses in the college curriculum for a combined total of no less than 60 semester hours.

Notes:

  1. Students must complete at least 15 of the 60 semester hours at NMC.
  2. A maximum of two physical education credits, two professional development seminar credits, and four academic service learning internship credits may be used toward a degree.
  3. Basic skill courses (numbers under 100) do not count toward graduation, even though they may be needed as a prerequisite to required courses.
  4. A grade of 1.0 or higher is required for course completion. However, students should be aware that simply completing a course is not always sufficient to meet degree requirements or to satisfy prerequisite requirements for other courses or transfer.
  5. Graduation with an Associate in Science and Arts (ASA) from Northwestern Michigan College requires that a student complete at least 60 earned semester hours with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.
  6. If obtaining an additional degree reference Policy D-105.06 Additional Credits for an Additional Associates Degree
  7. To qualify for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) students must complete the general education requirements of the ASA degree. A 2.0 or higher is required for each course in the 30 semester hours to be counted toward the MTA.

*As designated in the Northwestern Michigan College catalog.

The Vice President for Educational Services, in conjunction with the appropriate faculty and staff, is responsible for the development and publication of any procedures or guidelines that may be necessary to administer this policy effectively.



Initially adopted as D-302.01 July 11, 1997
Revised May 16, 2001
Revised June 28, 2002
Revised October 27, 2003
Revised January 20, 2006
Revised February 24, 2006
Renumbered D-105.02 December 20, 2006
Revised November 24, 2008
Revised May 13, 2011
Revised February 15, 2013
Revised January 10, 2014

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