Associate Degrees

West Georgia Technical College offers two-year associate degree programs: Associate of Science (AS), Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), and Associate of Applied Science (AAS). These programs have been authorized by the Technical College System of Georgia.

Associate Degree Testing Requirement

Students finishing associate degree programs must complete a general education competency assessment (ETS Proficiency Profile) during either the last semester or the next-to-last semester prior to graduation. The assessment includes items that measure four core skills areas: critical thinking, writing, reading, and mathematics. Unless otherwise provided for in an individual program, no minimum score or level of achievement is required for graduation. The general education assessment is administered during the fall and spring semesters on all campuses and for online programs to accommodate all graduating students.

Associate Degree General Education Requirement

The general education core at West Georgia Technical College is based on the rationale that the successful associate degree graduate must be more than a highly trained technician. The graduate must be competent in the use of oral and written communication and have a level of mathematical proficiency that includes the ability to read and understand mathematical information, solve mathematical problems, and make decisions based on sound data. In addition, the associate degree graduate must have an understanding of the social and psychological self and a familiarity with and appreciation for humanities and the fine arts. In keeping with the College’s established general education student learning outcomes, general education courses in the associate degree programs at WGTC link the student's technical skills with an ability to communicate effectively, demonstrate computational skills, think critically and creatively, be informationally literate, and exhibit ethical behavior and a respect for diversity.

Associate of Science (AS) degree programs require a minimum of 40 credit hours of general education courses; each AS degree notes these specific requirements. The Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and all Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree programs require a minimum of 15 credit hours** of general education courses using the curriculum structure below (all course prerequisites must be met) :

Area I: Language Arts/Communications (minimum of 3 credit hours)

Courses that address Language Arts/Communications learning outcomes:

General Core Courses

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric

3

ENGL 1102Literature and Composition

3

SPAN 1101Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture I

3

SPAN 1102Introduction to Spanish Language and Culture II

3

SPCH 1101Public Speaking

3

Successful completion of ENGL 1101 is required as 3 of the minimum credit hours.

Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences (minimum of 3 credit hours)

Courses that address Social Sciences/Behavioral Sciences learning outcomes:

General Core Courses

ECON 1101Principles of Economics

3

ECON 2105Macroeconomics

3

ECON 2106Microeconomics

3

HIST 1111World History I

3

HIST 1112World History II

3

HIST 2111U.S. History I

3

HIST 2112U.S. History II

3

POLS 1101American Government

3

POLS 2401Global Issues

3

PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology

3

SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology

3

Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics (minimum of 3 credit hours)

Courses that address Natural Sciences/Mathematics learning outcomes:

General Core Courses

BIOL 1111Biology I

3

BIOL 1111LBiology I Lab

1

BIOL 1112Biology II

3

BIOL 1112LBiology II Lab

1

CHEM 1211Chemistry I

3

CHEM 1211LChemistry I Lab

1

CHEM 1212Chemistry II

3

CHEM 1212LChemistry II Lab

1

CHEM 1151Survey of Inorganic Chemistry

3

CHEM 1151LSurvey of Inorganic Chemistry Lab

1

CHEM 1152Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry

3

CHEM 1152LSurvey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry Lab

1

MATH 1101Mathematical Modeling

3

MATH 1103Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

3

MATH 1111College Algebra

3

MATH 1112College Trigonometry

3

MATH 1113Precalculus

3

MATH 1127Introduction to Statistics

3

MATH 1131Calculus I

4

MATH 1132Calculus II

4

PHYS 1111Introductory Physics I

3

PHYS 1111LIntroductory Physics Lab I

1

PHYS 1112Introductory Physics II

3

PHYS 1112LIntroductory Physics Lab II

1

Successful completion of MATH 1101 or MATH 1111 is required as 3 of the minimum credit hours.

Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts (minimum of 3 credit hours)

Courses that address Humanities/Fine Arts learning outcomes:

General Core Courses

ARTS 1101Art Appreciation

3

ENGL 2130American Literature

3

ENGL 2110World Literature

3

ENGL 2310English Literature from the Beginnings to 1700

3

HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities

3

MUSC 1101Music Appreciation

3

THEA 1101Theater Appreciation

3

**To meet the minimum required 15 credit hours, the additional 3 credit hours may be selected from Areas I, II, III, or IV.

Some degree programs have additional requirements that students must meet in order to be considered for admission and program completion. Please consult individual program descriptions and academic advisors for further information.