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What is the benefit of a transfer associate degree?
Completing a transfer associate degree
- ensures you have completed general education requirements toward a bachelor’s degree
- provides a foundation for your major
- provides an opportunity to explore new areas of study, especially for undecided students.
If I am going to pursue a bachelor’s degree, what are my choices?
KCC transfer programs:
- Associate in Arts (A.A.): General” A.A.* & specialized options – Criminal Justice, English, Elementary Education, History, Mass Communications, Political Science, Psychology, Secondary Education, Sociology and Visual Arts
- Associate in Science (A.S.): General” A.S.* & specialized options – Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Business, Chemistry and Mathematics
- Associate in Engineering Science (A.E.S.)
- Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.)
If you choose a specialized A.A. or A.S. curriculum, some general education courses are prescribed. For example, the A.S. in Business requires Introduction to Psychology or Sociology; Principles of Macroeconomics; and Principles of Microeconomics. A general A.S. student can choose from among 18 social sciences courses. Please contact a transfer advisor for more information.
*Note: A “general” A.A. or A.S. degree allows the flexibility to select many courses required for the first two years of most bachelor’s degrees. Consult with the transfer university.
If I am undecided about my educational goal, should I be a non-degree student?
Undecided students are advised to choose a “general” A.A. or A.S. degree. These degrees give you maximum flexibility. It will also help ensure that courses will satisfy degree requirements. If you do not select a degree program, you are not eligible for financial aid.
Does KCC have services to help me if I am undecided about what to study?
Consider taking advantage of a career counseling appointment or the Career Coach web-based tool. Another comprehensive option is enrolling in “College Exploration”.
Will my courses transfer to a university?
All Illinois community colleges use the same general education core requirements as part of the Illinois Articulation Initiative. It helps simplify the transfer process. Completion of the core courses ensures that general education requirements are completed for transfer to state universities in Illinois and other participating four-year colleges and universities. Make sure you select courses that are specified for your program. Your KCC advisor will work with you to choose appropriate transfer-level courses. You should consult an advisor at the transfer college/university to confirm you are fulfilling their requirements.
What is a credit hour?
Credit hours relate to the total number of hours of instruction and lab/clinical time for the course. The last digit of the course number indicates the number of credit hours earned for the course. For example: ARTS 1613 (3 credit hours), and MATH 1704 (4 credit hours).
What is considered full-time study?
To be classified as a full-time student during a 16-week semester, you must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours. For the 6 or 8-week summer term, 6 credit hours is full-time.
What is a transfer level course?
The answer is within the course number. Transfer-level courses at KCC have a first digit of 1 or 2 and a second digit of 5 to 9. For example: BSNS 1553 is a transfer-level course and AUTO 1213 is not a transfer course.
How many courses should I take each semester?
Generally, we recommend full-time students start with 12 to 15 credits, which is usually 4 or 5 courses. Later, an average course load would be 15 to 16 credits, but may vary depending on your personal responsibilities.
To be successful, how much time should I allow for class preparation?
Unlike high school, college requires extensive preparation and studying obligations outside of class. Expect to invest an additional two to three hours for each hour of class time. The most successful students schedule and stick to specific times for study.
How many hours should I be able to work at my job?
To decide how much you can work, consider your individual responsibilities. Generally, full-time students should limit themselves to 20 or fewer hours of work per week during the transition to college. It is better to be successful with a lighter load than to over-extend and struggle or fail.
Do I need to take a foreign language?
The requirements vary, so it is best to check with your transfer college. If you are undecided, your KCC advisor can share the requirements for each school. To graduate with a bachelor’s degree, two or more semesters of college-level foreign language is sometimes required. When there is a foreign language requirement, it is wise to begin it at KCC as soon as possible.
Should I finish my associate degree before I transfer to a university?
Typically, it is in your best interest to transfer with a transfer degree (A.A., A.S., A.F.A. or A.E.S.). Consult your KCC advisor and an advisor at the transfer institution for the best time to transfer.
Can I transfer with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree?
An A.A.S. is an occupational/career degree, such as Registered Nursing or Electrical Engineering Technology. KCC has cooperative agreements with several colleges including Governors State University and Illinois State University that allow students with specified A.A.S. degrees to complete bachelor’s degrees. These programs may also be called “2 plus 2” or “capstone” programs.
In most cases, your general education courses need to be taken at KCC. Meet with an advisor at the transfer college to determine which courses will be accepted toward their program. Your KCC advisor can work with you to plan the appropriate sequence of the courses to take here if needed.
Can I complete a bachelor’s degree online?
Yes. KCC has a number of online bachelor’s degree completion agreements.
An online bachelor’s degree completion program usually combines on-campus classes at KCC with online courses through the university. After students earn an associate degree from KCC, they can complete “bridge” courses at KCC and take online classes through these universities.
If I attend KCC then transfer to a university, can I still complete a KCC degree?
Yes, if you have completed courses at another institution(s), those courses might meet KCC degree requirements. Consult a KCC advisor for details on transferring back credits and which associate degree options are most suitable for you.