Jul 24, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

General Science Emphasis Major (A.S.)


Major code AS1099* (Campus code)/AS1096 (OHIO Online code)

University College  
Chubb Hall 140
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1935
Fax: 740.593.0206
university.college@ohio.edu
www.ohio.edu/university-college/associate-science

Julie Cohara, Director of Degree Programs/contact person
cohara@ohio.edu

Program Overview

Ohio University’s University College stewards the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degree programs. The A.A. provides students two degree emphasis options to focus their program in fine arts/humanities or social sciences. The A.S. affords students the opportunity to emphasize natural sciences/applied sciences/quantitative skills in their program of study. These associate degree programs are available on all Ohio University campuses.

The A.A. and A.S. curricula integrate the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s (ODHE) Ohio Transfer Module (OTM), which allows students’ general education coursework to become transferable within the state. See the Admissions  section of this catalog for more information.

In their 2016 Guidelines and Procedures for Academic Program Review, ODHE maintains the belief that the A.A. and A.S. degrees “serve as the first two years of a bachelor’s degree.” Students seeking this degree should work closely with their A.A./A.S. academic advisor to identify Bachelor programs of interest and strategically identify the appropriate general education courses that overlap in both the A.A./A.S. program and desired Bachelor program(s) of interest. 

This degree is available on all campuses. The A.S. degree requires a minimum of 60 hours. A maximum of 15 hours earned through the prior learning assessment program may be applied to the A.A. or A.S. degree. At least 18 of the total credits earned toward the A.A. or A.S. must be Ohio University credits. In addition, at least 50 percent of the coursework taken in the area of concentration for the A.S. degree program must be completed through Ohio University. Technical courses count only as electives for both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. You must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in the area of concentration and overall to earn the degree.

If you plan to earn the A.S. degree, contact the director of degree programs in University College so that the valid major code can be properly recorded.

*This program was previously AS1104 - Associate in Science. As part of a recent degree reconciliation process with the State of Ohio, the program code and name will be changing to AS1099 - General Science Emphasis effective the 2024-25 catalog year. The degree offered will be the Associate of Science. 

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements. This program is not eligible for double-majoring with the following associate program codes: AA1094 , AA1095 AA1097 AA1098 , AI5499 , AI5509 . Additionally, this program is not an appropriate degree program for someone who has previously completed a bachelor’s degree.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements. This program is not eligible for double-majoring with the following associate program codes: AA1094 , AA1095 AA1097 AA1098 , AI5499 , AI5509 . Additionally, this program is not an appropriate degree program for someone who has previously completed a bachelor’s degree.

External Transfer Admission

No selective or limited admission requirements. This program is not eligible for double-majoring with the following associate program codes: AA1094 , AA1095 , AA1097 AA1098 , AI5499 AI5509 . Additionally, this program is not an appropriate degree program for someone who has previously completed a bachelor’s degree.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Many entry positions now require an associate degree. A liberal arts degree, like the Associate of Science, can also provide the foundation for a future bachelor’s degree.

Requirements 

Associate Degree Information


Second Associate Degree

You cannot earn the same associate degree twice. Furthermore, you are not permitted to earn both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. If you have already earned the A.I.S. degree, you are not permitted to earn either the A.A. or A.S. degree. Although it is possible to complete an A.A.B. or A.A.S. degree with a double major, you can earn the degree only once. If an A.A. or A.S. has been completed previously, you will not be permitted to complete the A.I.S.

Associate Degree After a Baccalaureate Degree

The Associate of Arts or the Associate of Science will not be granted if you have already earned a baccalaureate degree. The associate program requirements are implied in a four-year degree program.

A.A. and A.S. General Education Requirements


Students completing Ohio University’s Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees are required to complete 36 hours of OTM-approved coursework with a minimum of 24 semester hours from the following:

  • Written Communication (3 hours). Either ENG 1510  or 1610  (for non-native English speakers only) will satisfy the written communication requirement.
  • Quantitative Reasoning (3 hours). Courses that fulfill Quantitative Reasoning requirement are marked in this catalog with the designation (FQR) as the general education code.
  • Humanities: Arts (3 hours). Courses that fulfill the Humanities: Arts requirement are marked in this catalog with the designation (PHA) as the general education code.
  • Humanities: Texts and Contexts (3 hours). Courses that fulfill the Humanities: Texts and Contexts requirement are marked in this catalog with the designation (PHTC) as the general education code.
  • Social or Behavioral Science or Connected World (6 hours). Courses that fulfill the Social or Behavioral Science requirement are marked in this catalog with the designation (PSBS) as the general education code. Courses that fulfill the Connected World requirement are marked in this catalog with the designation (ACNW) as the general education code.
  • Natural Science or Natural World (6 hours). Courses that fulfill the Natural Science requirement are marked in this catalog with the designation (PNS) as the general education code. Courses that fulfill the Natural World requirement are marked in this catalog with the designation (ANW) as the general education code.

NOTE: Common courses used to fulfill BRICKS requirements may also be used to fulfill major requirements. The following courses may also be used towards the 36 hours of General Education coursework: COMS 1030  and ENG 2800 .

Graduation Hours Requirement


The Associate of Science degree requires completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours.

NOTE: Common courses used to fulfill BRICKS requirements may also be used to fulfill major requirements.

Natural Science, Mathematics, Statistics, and Logic Concentration


Complete at least 15 hours in the following courses: