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Degree, Certificate, and Letter of Recognition Requirements

Satisfactory completion of the following requirements will determine eligibility for a degree, certificate, or letter of recognition:

  1. Completion of all academic requirements of the program or such comparable courses as are required by the student’s chosen transfer institution.
  2. Completion of a minimum of 64 semester hours for a degree and all required semester hours for a certificate or a letter of recognition program.
  3. All transfer students must complete at least 25 percent of their semester hours at HCC for a degree program or certificate program; exceptions to this are granted to students covered by specific agreement between HCC and another institution or agency.
  4. Completion of the required HCC credits with a minimum of a cumulative 2.0 quality-point index grade point average (GPA).

Student requests for exceptions to the above degree, certificate, or letter of recognition requirements must be reviewed by an academic advisor. The advisor will document the rationale for the student’s request and acquire appropriate approvals. If the exception
is granted, the official Statement of Exception will be included in the student’s permanent file.

All candidates for degrees and certificates of 30 hours or more should file their applications with the dean of student affairs and those for letters of recognition and short term certificates with the Records Office by the published deadline date.

Selection of an Academic Program

Students should select an academic program that meets their needs and field of interest. Students interested in employment upon graduation should select an AAS degree, certificates or letters of recognition in their field of interest. Students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university upon graduation may choose from many AA or AS programs in their desired field of study. If a student intending to transfer is unsure of choosing a specific program of study within the list of available transfer programs, the College suggests
that they choose an AA or an AS degree in Arts and Sciences. The AA degree in General Studies has the most electives and can be used for any purpose. Students cannot receive the AA degree in both General Studies and Arts and Sciences.

Requirements for Students Who Choose to Earn Multiple HCC Credit Credentials

The awarding of multiple credit bearing degrees, certificates, and letters of recognition must follow criteria as specified below:

  • Letters of Recognition (LOR)—There must be at least three additional earned credits from different course work, not used in a previously earned HCC credential, for each additional LOR awarded.
     
  • Certificates—There must be at least six additional earned credits from different course work, not used in a previously earned HCC credential, for each additional certificate awarded.
     
  • Degrees—There must be at least twelve additional earned credits from different course work, not used in a previously earned HCC credential, for each additional degree awarded.

For students seeking to earn multiple credentials as listed above, if their new program does not have enough new credits listed as requirements, then the student must take additional course work to meet the minimum new course work provision as stated above. In such cases, a division chair or director will approve the appropriate course(s) to meet the requirement.

In cases where students’ completed course work does not qualify them to receive a new credential (LOR, Certificate, Degree) they may be entitled to a double major designation. This would mean that they have combined the requirements of two credentials, without meeting the minimum requirements for receiving multiple credentials as specified above.

Computer/Information Literacy

Hagerstown Community College recognizes and advocates the critical need for computer/information literacy among its graduates. Traditionally, any student earning a degree from the college has been required to meet a specific computer literacy requirement. Beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year, this requirement is now formally integrated into the General Education requirements of the college. Students now demonstrate their acquisition of fundamental computer/information literacy skills through meeting the General Education Core Requirements within each degree program.

General Education Core Requirements for the AA and AS Degree

Candidates for the associate of arts and associate of science degree must satisfy specific general education requirements within their degree programs. A minimum of 30 to a maximum of 36 credits must be completed. The requirements are listed below:

Arts/Humanities - 6 credits
Students must choose one course in each of two disciplines according to the specific requirements of their program of study.

Behavioral/Social Science - 6 credits
Students must choose one course in each of two disciplines according to the specific requirements of their program of study.

Biological/Physical Science - 7-8 credits
Students must choose two science courses, a four-credit science laboratory course and an additional course in science according to the specific requirements of their program of study.

English - 6 credits
Students must take ENG 101—English Composition and one other course from the approved list.

Information Literacy - 3 credits
Students must take one course, either IST 102—Introduction to Information Technology or GDT 112—Computer Graphics.

Mathematics - 3 credits
Students must choose one mathematics course at college-level algebra or higher according to the specific requirements of their program of study.

General Education Core Requirements for the AAS Degree

Candidates for the associate of applied science degree must satisfy specific general education requirements within their degree programs. A minimum of 20 credits must be completed. The requirements are listed below:

Arts/Humanities - 3 credits
Students must choose one course according to the specific requirements of their program of study.

Behavioral/Social Science - 3 credits
Students must choose one course according to the specific requirements of their program of study.

Biological/Physical Science - 3 credits
Students must choose one course according to the specific requirements of their program of study.

English - 3 credits
Students must choose one course according to the specific requirements of their program of study.

Information Literacy - 3 credits
Students must take one course, either IST 102—Introduction to Information Technology or GDT 112—Computer Graphics.

Mathematics - 3 credits
Students must choose one mathematics course at college-level algebra or higher according to specific requirements of their program of study.

General Education Core Requirements for the AAT Degree

Candidates for the associate of arts in teaching degree must satisfy specific general education requirements within their degree programs. A minimum of 29-30 credits must be completed. The requirements are listed below:

Arts/Humanities - 3 credits
Students are required to complete HUM 201—The Arts: A Creative Synthesis for this degree program.

Behavioral/Social Science - 6 credits
Students are required to complete PSY 201—General Psychology and either HIS 201—American History I or HIS 202—American History II for this degree program.

Biological/Physical Science - 8 credits
Students are required to take BIO 106—Unity and Diversity of Living Things and PHS 104—General Physical Science for this degree program.

English - 6 credits
Students are required to take ENG 101—English Composition and ENG 102—Composition and Literature for this degree program.

Information Literacy - 3 credits
Students are required to take IST 102—Introduction to Information Technology for this degree program.

Mathematics - 3(4) credits
Students must take MAT 101—College Algebra or MAT 118—Mathematics Modeling Using Algebra for this degree program.

Approved General Education Core Courses by Discipline

Arts/Humanities
ART 101 Introduction to Visual Arts -3
ART 231 History of Western Art I - 3
ART 232 History of Western Art II - 3
HIS 208 American Culture and History in Cinema - 3
HUM 201 The Arts: A Creative Synthesis - 3
HUM 208 American Culture and History in Cinema - 3
HUM 214 World Religions - 3
MUS 101 Music Appreciation - 3
PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy - 3
Any Foreign Language - 3 or 4

Behavioral/Social Science
ANT 201 Cultural Anthropology - 3
ECO 201 Macroeconomic Principles - 3
ECO 202 Microeconomic Principles - 3
GEO 105 World Regional Geography - 3
HIS 101 History of Civilization I - 3
HIS 102 History of Civilization II - 3
HIS 201 American History I - 3
HIS 202 American History II - 3
POL 101 American Government - 3
PSY 201 General Psychology - 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3

Biological/Physical Science
BIO 101 General Biology I - 4
BIO 102 General Biology II - 4
BIO 103 Human Anatomy & Physiology I - 4
BIO 104 Human Anatomy & Physiology II - 4
BIO 106 Unity and Diversity of Living Things - 4
BIO 110 Human Biology - 3
BIO 111 Contemporary Issues in Biology - 3
BIO 112 Biology of Disease - 3
BIO 113 Principles of Biology I - 4
BIO 114 Principles of Biology II - 4
BTC 101 Introduction to Biotechnology - 3
CHM 101 Introductory College Chemistry - 4
CHM 103 General Chemistry I - 4
CHM 104 General Chemistry II - 4
PHS 104 General Physical Science - 4
PHS 105 Descriptive Astronomy - 3
PHS 107 Introductory Physical Geology - 3
PHS 108 Introductory Physical Geology - 4
PHS 109 Meteorology - 4
PHS 111 Earth and Space Science - 4
PHY 112 Applied Physics - 3
PHY 201 General Physics I - 4
PHY 202 General Physics II - 4
PHY 203 Principles of Physics I - 5
PHY 204 Principles of Physics II - 5

English
BUS 113 Business Communication - 3
ENG 101 English Composition - 3
ENG 102 Composition and Literature - 3
ENG 112 Technical Writing I - 3
ENG 201 World Literature I - 3
ENG 202 World Literature II - 3
ENG 205 American Literature I - 3
ENG 206 American Literature II - 3
SPD 103 Public Speaking - 3
SPD 108 Introduction to Human Communication - 3

Information Literacy
GDT 112 Computer Graphics - 3
IST 102 Introduction to Information Technology - 3 OR any course with an GDT 112 or IST 102 prerequisite

Mathematics
MAT 101 College Algebra (3)
MAT 103 Finite Mathematics (3)
MAT 106 Elements of Logic (3)
MAT 114 Introduction to Applied Algebra (3)
MAT 118 Mathematic Modeling Using Algebra (4)
MAT 161 Precalculus (4) OR any math course with a MAT 101 prerequisite or higher