Associate Degree Requirements

Goals for Associate Degrees

All students will acquire fundamental knowledge, skills, and dispositions during their careers at the University. The following overriding goals shape curricular decisions to ensure breadth and depth of content and experience and to encourage independent learning. They help create the context of a value-based liberal arts education and reinforce the University’s Mission Statement including the Catholic University Identity Statement and the Core Values of Providence Health and Services.

University of Providence Graduates Engage the Foundation Questions

What Does it Mean to be Human?

  • recognize the inherent value and interrelatedness of all God’s creation
  • accept the inherent dignity of every person
  • confirm and value cultural differences and similarities
  • recognize that community is essential to being and becoming human

What Does it Mean to Participate in Intellectual Inquiry?

  • participate in the search for truth and knowledge
  • synthesize the cumulative wisdom of human inquiry, past and present as a means to enrich the future

What Does it Mean to “Make a Living” and to Live as a Productive Human Being?

  • communicate clearly and effectively in multiple modes of discourse
  • identify problems and articulate appropriate solutions
  • accept the consequences of their decisions and actions
  • commit to active participation in their chosen field of endeavor

What Does it Mean to Participate in the Spiritual and Religious Dimensions of Life?

  • further God’s work of reaching out to humanity
  • make sound moral judgments
  • recognize the Christian and Catholic traditions

To earn the associate degree (A.A or A.S.) from the University, a student must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 credits.
  2. Maintain a cumulative University of Providence grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
  3. Complete the associate degree Core Curriculum.
  4. Complete an area of specialization. All courses used to complete the specialization must have a grade of “C” or better.
  5. Complete at least twenty of the final thirty semester hours of coursework at the University of Providence.
  6. Complete a minimum of 40% or 15 credits of their major (whichever is greater) in residency at the University of Providence.
  7. Apply for graduation in accordance with the prescribed deadlines.
  8. Comply with all University policies, rules, and regulations.
  9. Pay all indebtedness to the University.

Corps of Discovery Experience

COD 100CORPS OF DISCOVERY 13
Total Credits Required:3
1

Required of all first year, full time, on campus students. Part time students, distance students and students transferring in with 30 or more credits are exempt.

Foundation Skills

ENG 117WRITING ESSAYS 13
Select one of the following:1
ESSENTIALS OF SPREADSHEETS
ESSENTIALS OF WORD PROCESSING
ESSENTIALS OF PRESENTATIONS
CPS 215INFORMATION LITERACY1
PHL 101WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HUMAN3
TRL 201INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY3
Select one of the following (depending on major): 23-4
CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
PRECALCULUS I
CALCULUS I
Total Credits Required:14-15
1

UProvidence requires ENG 099 COLLEGE WRITING SKILLS for students with a score below the following: 17 on the English section of the ACT, a 520 on the Writing section of the SAT, 5 on the Accuplacer Writing Test, or 81 on the English portion of the Compass test.
Transfer students with equivalent ENG 117 WRITING ESSAYS credit may be encouraged to repeat ENG 117 WRITING ESSAYS prior to enrolling in a 300+ level writing course.
 

2

UProvidence requires MTH 090 ELEMENTARY ALGEBRA for students with a score below the following: 18 on the Math section of the ACT, a 450 in the Math section of the SAT, unless the student has received a grade of B or higher in a high school Algebra class.
UProvidence requires MTH 095 INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA for students with a score below the following: 21 on the Math section of the ACT, 510 in the Math section of the SAT, unless the student has received a grade of B or higher in a high school Algebra class or Pre-calculus.

Arts and Science

ENG 215INTRO TO LITERARY STUDIES3
History Array3
Social Sciences3
Fine Arts3
Experimental Science4
Total Credits Required:16

History Array

Select 3 credits from the following:3
GLOBAL HISTORY II
UNITED STATES HISTORY I
UNITED STATES HISTORY II
Total Credits Required:3

Social Sciences

Courses in this category study human society and individual relationships within society as well as provide students with the cognitive and intellectual skills to succeed in the modern world. Students must complete one of the following:

Select 3 credits from the following:3
INTRO TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYST
SOC JSTC & CIVIC ENGMT IN AMER
INTRODUCTION TO LAW
WE THE PEOPLE: INTRO POL SCI
AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY
CONTEMP ISSUES IN HISTORY
THE REAL WORLD: INTRO TO SOC
MACROECONOMICS
MICROECONOMICS
WELLNESS PERSPECTIVES
Total Credits Required:3

Fine Arts

Courses in this category both enhance students’ aesthetic appreciation and allow students to explore the creative process as it relates to visual, literary, and performing arts. Students must complete one of the following:

Select 3 credits from the following:3
INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING
STUDIO ART PRACTICE
DRAWING I
PAINTING I
CERAMICS I
PHOTOGRAPHY I
INTRO TO TECHNICAL THEATER
INTRODUCTION TO ACTING
MUS 1XX - 2XX
Any Music Designated Course level 100 - 200
Total Credits Required:3

Experimental Science

Courses in this category must include an experience in the laboratory, classroom, or the field that allows students to engage in the scientific process by designing experiments, recording their data, analyzing their results, and discussing their findings. Students must complete one of the following:

Select 4 credits from the following:4
STRUCT & FUNC OF HUMAN BODY
THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENTAL ECOLOGY
GENERAL BIOLOGY I
ESSENTIALS OF INORGANIC CHEM
CHEMISTRY IN CONTEXT
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
Total Credits Required:4
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