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2012-2013 CATALOG 

A.A.S. Career Degree Information

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Chattanooga State’s A.A.S. degrees and technical certificates prepare students for specialized careers. These programs are designed for the student who does not intend to transfer to a traditional baccalaureate degree program. (Should a student later decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree, four year institutions may accept some or all credits toward a bachelor’s degree.) Career students can pursue programs leading to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree or a Technical Certificate of Credit.

Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science degrees are designed to prepare students for immediate employment in a specialized area. The A.A.S. degree requires:

  1. Total Credit Hours
    A minimum of 60 semester credit hours of college level work
  2. General Education
    A minimum of 25% of the program must be in General Education and must include at least 3 hours of approved courses from each of the following:

English Composition (3 hours)
Humanities and/or Fine Arts (3 hours)
Social/Behavioral Science (3 hours)
Math or Natural Science (3 or 4 hours)

One additional course from any of the following categories (3 or 4 hours):

Fine Arts
Natural Science
Social/Behavioral Sciences

  1. Major—A minimum of 36 hours in the technical specialty.
  2. A grade of “C” or better is required in all prerequisite courses and in all courses specified by course numbers in the summary of required hours.

NOTE: Any program-directed or technical electives, all Allied Health programs, and Technical Certificates require “C” or better in all course work.

Note: The SUMMARY OF REQUIRED HOURS for the student’s major may require that a specific course be taken to satisfy a given General Education requirement. Otherwise, the student may select any course from the list. If the requirement calls for 3 credit hours and the student selects a 4- or 5-credit course, the extra credit hour(s) will count as unrestricted elective credit toward graduation. (If the requirement specified in the student’s major is a 4-hour course, the 4th credit hour will not count toward satisfying the unrestricted elective requirement because it is required as opposed to being selected by the student.)


Approved General Education Courses for All Degrees

The following courses fulfill general education requirements at Chattanooga State.


*BIOL 2010-2020 sequence must be completed to meet Natural Science requirement.


*MATH 1410 cannot be used to meet the General Education Mathematics requirement for Nursing & Allied Health A.A.S. degree programs.

Math Placement

Students pursuing majors for which the math requirement would normally be calculus or pre-calculus may begin their college math at a higher level if they meet the criteria listed below.

Most degrees at Chattanooga State require at least one college level math course. Meeting the criteria to place into a higher level course does not exempt the student from this requirement, nor is any credit granted for the course(s) the student is able to skip.



Advanced Placement Course

  1. Three (3) high school math credits above the Algebra I level and a Math subscore of 25 on the ACT or corresponding SAT score.

Calculus with Analytic Geometry-I, MATH 1910  Pre-Calculus II


  1. Two (2) high school math credits above the Algebra I level and a Math subscore of 21 on the ACT or corresponding SAT score.
Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences, MATH 1720  MATH-1830 


Technical Certificate of Credit

Programs leading to Technical Certificates of Credit are offered in response to the training needs of area business and industry. Since the credential denotes proficiency in a particular occupation, program standards are determined in consultation with an advisory board of practicing professionals. Students admitted to these programs may be enrolled as Non-degree Seeking students.

General Education Core Academic Certificate of Credit (A.A.S.) Degree

  • (3)
  • Humanities/Fine Arts General Education (3)

  • Social and Behavioral Science Elective (3)

  • Natural Science General Education Electives (3/4)


One additional Course from General Education categories of Communication, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Sciences, or Natural Science/Mathematics (3/4)

Total 15-17 semester hours

Courses designated to fulfill general education by the TBR Community Colleges are published in each community college’s catalog General Education Requirements/University Transfer Information . A complete listing of the courses fulfilling general education requirements for all system institutions is available on the TBR Web site (www.http://www.tbr.edu) under Transfer and Articulation Information.

A grade of “C” or better required for all courses and a 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for all college level work.