The Arts and Sciences Division is comprised of six departments: Comprehensive Studies, English, Humanities, Mathematics, Science, and Social Sciences. Two associate degrees are offered: Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS). In addition, a General Studies Certificate and a University Studies Certificate are offered.
Transfer to Other Colleges
Entrance requirements for transfer students vary widely among senior colleges. Many colleges require a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 at the two-year college. They prefer students whose records reflect work toward a major and are free of grades of W or F (see Grade Definitions). Students have the responsibility, with the assistance of their academic advisor, to plan their program of study to meet the requirements of the college to which they expect to transfer. Transfer bulletins showing equivalent courses are available in the Arts and Sciences Division Office in Oconee Hall on the Pendleton Campus. Courses similar to those offered at public and private senior colleges are usually transferable if a student makes a grade of “C” or higher. Generally, courses taken at Tri-County Technical College will not substitute for 300- or 400-level courses required for a major at a senior college.
Scheduling and Entry Options
Day, evening, online, and hybrid classes are available. Students may enter any term. Full-time day students usually complete degree requirements in four semesters. Part-time students, day or evening, should allow at least eight consecutive terms to earn a degree. Certificate students can complete their requirements in less time depending on how many courses are taken each term. The sequence of courses students take will vary depending upon the college to which they plan to transfer and their major.
Some general guidelines for students include:
- New students should take any preparatory courses during the first term;
- First year students should enroll in College Skills (COL 103), an introduction to college and college survival skills;
- Students should begin basic courses such as English, mathematics, and science as soon as possible;
- Students should delay taking a foreign language until the second year unless they have taken a foreign language in high school;
- Employed students should consider taking a reduced load.
Associate in Arts
Associate in Science
Comprehensive Studies Department
The Comprehensive Studies Department offers courses in Developmental Mathematics, Developmental English, Developmental Reading, and College Skills. All of the courses are designed to effectively and efficiently improve students’ ability to succeed in their courses.
Students may be recommended to take Comprehensive Studies Department courses depending on their COMPASS or ASSET placement test scores; or, they may elect to take one or more courses on their own. (Students may or may not need all areas of study.) College Skills (COL 103 ) and Freshman Seminar (COL 105 ) may be used for elective credit with approval of the academic advisor. Students may not receive credit for both COL 103 and COL 105 . Many students take the College Skills course because it teaches study and time management skills.
NOTE: Developmental courses (those numbered less than 100) generate no credit hours, do not affect the GPA, and do not count toward graduation. Effective Summer Term 2000, courses numbered 100 generate credit hours and affect the GPA, but do not count toward graduation in any degree, diploma, or certificate program.