Social Sciences, A.S.

Associate of Science

The Associate of Science degree in Social Sciences focuses on how human beings interact with each other in the past and present. It emphasizes, through quantitative and qualitative research methods, how social scientists develop an understanding of the ways in which humans relate to themselves and each other through beliefs, customs, organizations, and institutions.  The Associate of Science degree in Social Sciences prepares students for transfer to a broad range of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts programs, in fields such as economics, geography, geographic information systems, history, political science, psychology, sociology, teacher education, and more.

Transfer Information

This program provides transfer paths that include the general education courses and introductory major courses that students typically take during the first two years at a four-year college or university when they are majoring in a social science. Because senior institutions differ in their requirements, students are strongly urged to work with their assigned advisor or a counselor and to acquaint themselves with the requirements of the major department in the college or university to which they plan to transfer. The responsibility for proper course selection rests with the student.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
1HIS Elective 3
MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
3 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline) 1
Total 14
2nd Semester
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
Choose One
ITE 152 Introduction to Digital and Information Literacy and Computer Applications 3
4 General Education Elective 3
2MTH 245 Statistics I OR Higher 3
3 Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab 4
5 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Total 16
3rd Semester
6CST 110 Introduction to Human Communication 3
7 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Choose One
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3
SOC 200 Introduction to Sociology 3
5 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
5 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
Total 15
4th Semester
4 General Education Elective 3
7 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
8 Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective 3
9 Transfer Electives 6
Total 15
Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ENG
111
3
Elective
1HIS
3
MTH
154
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
3
4
Choose One
SDV
100
1
SDV
101
1
Total 14
2nd Semester
ENG
112
3
Choose One
Introduction to Digital and Information Literacy and Computer Applications
ITE
152
3
General Education Elective
4
3
Statistics I OR Higher
2MTH
245
3
Physical or Life Science Elective w/Lab
3
4
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
5
3
Total 16
3rd Semester
Introduction to Human Communication
6CST
110
3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
7
3
Choose One
PSY
200
3
Introduction to Sociology
SOC
200
3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
5
3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
5
3
Total 15
4th Semester
General Education Elective
4
3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective
7
3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective
8
3
Transfer Electives
9
6
Total 15
Total credits for the Associate of Science = 60

1 Select any HIS course listed under social/behavioral sciences in General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

2 Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 261 and MTH 263. Credit will not be awarded for both MTH 262 and MTH 264.

3 See physical and life science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

4 Select any course listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution. 

5  See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

6 Select from the following: CST 100, CST 110  CST 126, or CST 229.

7 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives. Students must choose courses from two of the three areas listed. Credit will not be applied if student takes two courses from the same area. Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet requirements of the transfer institution.

For this elective only students may select a social/behavioral science course from either the general education electives or transfer electives in footnote #9. This elective is not needed if selections for all other requirements total 60 credits or more.

9 Students can take another General Education Electives or select a course from the following transfer elective list. In consultation with an advisor, students may select from any beginning world languages (101 or 102), BUS 241, CST 126, CST 229, ECO 230, EDU 200, HIS 203, HIS 231, HIS 251,  HIS 254,  ITE 100, ITE 152, PLS 136, PLS 250, PSY 215, PSY 225, SOC 215, SOC 225, SOC 236, SOC 266, choosing the course that best meets the requirements of your intended transfer institution.