Associate in Science (A.S.)
Associate in Science (A.S.) Degrees
The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is the two-year career education degree offered by Florida colleges to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. Some 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 floridashines.org
Completion of a standard high school diploma or equivalent is required for admission to an A.S. degree. Students must complete the Application for Admission to Eastern Florida State College and pay the application fee. An additional application to the program may be required if it is limited access. See the "Programs and Admission Requirements” listing for specific admission requirements such as testing.
A.S. programs require a minimum of two years of study. Programs contain a minimum of 15 credit hours of General Education Core courses and a minimum of 45 credit hours of career specific courses. The General Education Core courses are designed to provide students with the general knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a work environment. Faculty develop the career specific courses 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 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. Additionally, courses in A.S. degree programs may only be offered on certain campuses and/or may be offered only during a specific semester.
General Education Requirements
In the fall 2022-2023 catalog, all AS degree seeking students are required to complete one core course in Communication, Humanities, Mathematics, Natural Science, and Social/Behavioral Science/Core-Civic Literacy to graduate. The Civic Literacy requirement also includes passing an assessment, to learn more about this visit this link.
Depending on the program, students may be able to select from a list of General Education Core courses or they may be specified. Equivalent honors-level courses may be used in any area.
- In the 2022-2023 academic year, EFSC will begin awarding nationally recognized digital badges upon completion of general education core courses that demonstrate career readiness. These badges are recognized by every public postsecondary institution in the Florida College System (FCS) and State University System (SUS). The first available digital badge is the "Fundamentals of Written Communication." Students will be earn this badge by one of the following:
- Completing ENC 1101 with a grade of "C" or higher
- Complete a course in which ENC 1101 is a prerequisite, with a grade of "C' or higher
- Equivalent credit awarded through accelerated mechanisms
General Education Core Course List:
Written Communications Core Requirement: 3 Credits
- ENC 1101 Composition 1
|ARH 2000||Art Appreciation||3|
|HUM 1020||Introduction to the Humanities||3|
|LIT 1000||Introduction to Literature||3|
|MUL 2010||Survey of Music Literature||3|
|PHI 2010||Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|THE 2000||Theatre Appreciation||3|
|MAC 1105||College Algebra||3|
|MAC 2311||Calculus 1 with Analytic Geometry||5|
|MGF 1106||Topics in Math||3|
|MGF 1107||Explorations in Mathematics||3|
|AST 1002||Introduction to Astronomy||3|
|BSCC 1005||Fundamentals of Biology||4|
|BSCC 1010||General Biology 1||4|
|CHM 1045||General Chemistry 1||3|
|EVR 1001||Introduction to Environmental Science||3|
|PHY 2048||General Physics 1||4|
|PHYC 2053||College Physics 1||4|
|AMH 2020||US History Since 1877||3|
|POS 2041||American National Government||3|
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:
- Filed a Graduation Application and paid the graduation fee by the published deadline.
- Satisfactorily completed the prescribed course of study that totals at least 60 hours.
- Satisfied entry assessment requirements and/or completed with a grade of “S” or better all required developmental education in reading, writing, and mathematics.
- Completed at least 25% of the credit hours required for the degree through traditional instruction at EFSC.
- Completed all coursework with a final grade. Students with a grade of “Incomplete” will not be processed for graduation until a final grade is posted. For graduation in the term of application, the final grade must be posted within the first three weeks of the following term. If the final grade is not posted within the first three weeks of the following term, student must reapply and repay. Student may request to have the “I” converted to a permanent ‘F’ if the course is not required for the credits to graduate.
- Students applying to graduate under the 2022-23 catalog year and thereafter, must have met the Civic Literacy requirements. Detailed information on Civic Literacy requirements can be found here.
- Effective with the 2022-23 academic year, the general education core course requirement applies to all students who are entering into any programs under the 2022-23 catalog year and beyond, regardless of prior postsecondary coursework. This includes transfer students, students entering with prior postsecondary coursework and students from out-of-state.
- Achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher in all college work attempted. Transfer coursework is included in the cumulative GPA.
- 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.
- Students who are applying for an A.S. degree with imbedded College Credit Certificates (C.C.C.) do not need to apply for the C.C.C.s. They will be awarded automatically for any or all certificates for which requirements have been met.
A.S. Degrees and Specializations
Please be aware that EFSC offers several A.S. degrees with multiple specializations. Students may receive a specific A.S. degree only one time. While students may take courses from multiple specializations, the degree will be awarded only once. For example, student earns the A.S. in Engineering Technology, with the Advanced Technology Specialization. Student then wants to complete courses in the Electronics Specialization. Student will not receive the A.S. in Engineering Technology again. Student will pursue the additional courses as a non-degree major.
The transcript and diploma will be posted with the degree name, not the specialization.
- Accounting Technology
- Aerospace Technology
- Aviation Maintenance Administration
- Business Administration
- Business Entrepreneurship
- Chemical Technology
- Computer Information Technology
- Computer Programming and Analysis
- Crime Scene Technology
- Criminal Justice Technology
- Culinary Management
- Dental Assisting Technology and Management
- Dental Hygiene
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Digital Television and Media Production
- Drafting and Design Technology
- Early Childhood Education
- Educational Technology Assistant
- Emergency Medical Services
- Engineering Technology
- Fire Science Technology
- Graphics Technology
- Healthcare Navigator
- Industrial Management Technology
- Landscape & Horticulture Technology
- Medical Assisting Advanced
- Medical Laboratory Technology
- Network Systems Technology
- Nursing RN
- Office Administration
- Paralegal Studies (Legal Assisting)
- Physical Therapist Assistant
- Respiratory Care
- Social and Human Services
- Surgical Technology Services
- Transportation and Logistics
- Veterinary Nursing