ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREES AND TRANSFER PLANS

An Associate in Arts degree at St. Petersburg College can prepare you to transfer to a bachelor’s degree at SPC or at a state university. Our general A.A. degree can be taken completely online.

St. Petersburg College offers Credit transfer plans in specific areas, including associate degree programs that guarantee admission for eligible students into select programs at the following universities after they have earned their associate degree at SPC:

Average salary based on education level

Source: Florida Education & Training Placement Information Program; 2019-20 graduates

Guaranteed Admission to State Universities Through Florida's 2+2 System

Once you’ve completed the associate degree program at St. Petersburg College, you are guaranteed admission as a junior to one of the state's public universities to pursue a Bachelor of Arts or certain Bachelor of Science degrees. In Florida, this is called the 2+2 system, which allows you to pursue a bachelor's degree by first attending a state or community college and then transferring to a four-year institution using Florida’s college credit transfer plan. At St. Petersburg College, you take the same general education courses you would take as a freshman and sophomore at a university, but you get smaller classes and lower tuition costs - about 50 percent less than Florida's public universities.

Plan Ahead

Please be aware that admission to certain high demand universities or certain limited access programs and majors at state universities can be very competitive. Admission to these programs may require an additional admission process and can be based on GPA and completing the foreign language requirement and all common prerequisites.

If you are working toward completing the associate degree program at St. Petersburg College, you should see an academic advisor and choose a program of study or major as early as possible so you can identify the courses you need. SPC has created dozens of A.A. transfer plansto help guide you in the courses you will need for specific majors. You can also find the requirements for about 250 university majors and track your progress toward completion through the college credit transfer evaluation tool on the FloridaShines website.

See our A.A. transfer plans

Associate in Arts Degree

GEN-AA
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2022 (610)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2022 (610), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Summary

This program is offered as a Fully Online program.

The General Education program at SPC introduces all students to the fundamental knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential to study further in the major, to develop educated members of the community and the world, to provide the foundation for becoming informed, independent thinkers, who can comprehend, evaluate, and address the issues that human beings face in their personal lives, careers, and community affairs.

The Associate in Arts degree emphasizes a Liberal Arts education and is designed to transfer to a bachelor's degree at a state university or SPC. Along with classes to prepare you for your major at the four-year level, you also take at least 36 hours in general education areas.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to satisfying the General Education and Elective course requirements, students must:
-complete at least 60 college-level credits.
-complete at least 15 credits in residence (at SPC).
-earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses completed.
-earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA in all courses completed at SPC.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE:
If you have not completed two consecutive years of the same foreign language in high school or 8 credits in college, you will need to complete 8 credits of foreign language before completing the A.A. program.

CIVIC LITERACY:
As per Florida Rule 6A-10.04213, Associate in Arts degree students entering a Florida College System (FCS) or State University System (SUS) institution in the 2021-2022 academic school year and thereafter must demonstrate competency through successful completion of a civic literacy course AND by achieving a passing score on the Florida Civic Literacy Examination (FCLE).

AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Communications - Composition
Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AA degree.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Communications - Speech
Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Social and Behavioral Sciences - American Government
Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. Completing POS 2041 or POS 2041H will satisfy the course component of the Civic Literacy Requirement.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Humanities and Fine Arts - Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. Completing ARH 1000, HUM 1020 or IDS 1106 will also satisfy the Enhanced World View Requirement.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Mathematics - Elective
Students may complete an additional 3 credits from the Mathematics Core coursework above
OR
Select 3 credits from any Mathematics course with: MAC, MAP, MAS, MGF, MTG or STA prefix. Minimum grade of "C" required.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Natural Sciences - Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required. Completing any course with an "L" or "C" in the number will also satisfy the Natural Sciences Laboratory requirement.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Natural Sciences - Elective
Students may complete an additional 3 credits from the Science Core coursework above
OR
Select 3 credits from any Science course with: APB, AST, BCH, BOT, BSC, CHM, ESC, EVR, EVS, GLY, HUN, MET, MCB, OCB, OCE, PCB, PHY, PSC or ZOO prefix. Minimum grade of "C" required. Completing any course with an "L" or "C" in the number will also satisfy the Natural Sciences Laboratory requirement.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Natural Sciences - Laboratory
Complete at least 1 course from the Natural Sciences coursework that includes a laboratory component. Minimum grade of "C" required. Natural Science Laboratory courses include any "C" or "L" course with the following prefixes: APB, AST, BCH, BOT, BSC, CHM, ESC, EVR, EVS, GLY, MCB, MET, OCB, OCE, PCB, PHY, PSC or ZOO.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Ethics
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework below. Minimum grade of "C" required.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Computer and Information Literacy Competency
Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses below. No minimum credits required.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Foreign Language
This degree program requires a minimum of two consecutive years of a foreign language in high school OR two semesters of a foreign language at the college level.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Civic Literacy
Competency may be demonstrated by completing at least one course from the approved General Education Civic Literacy coursework below (minimum grade of "C" required) AND satisfactory completion of an assessment (exam). This requirement is in compliance with Rule 6A-10.02413 of the Florida Administrative Code.
AA GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Electives
Complete 24 credits to satisfy the 60 credit requirement for the Associate of Arts degree. The college-level course (credits) used to satisfy the Computer and Information Literacy Requirement and Foreign Language Requirement will be counted as Elective credits. The college-level course (credits) used to satisfy the Enhanced World View requirement and Civic Literacy requirement will be counted as Elective credits UNLESS counted in another General Education Requirement.

Total Credits:
60
Academic Pathways The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term,
VIEW THE RECOMMENDED ACADEMIC PATHWAY

If you have already started the program,
VIEW THE ARCHIVED ACADEMIC PATHWAYS

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
Program Leadership Information
Joseph Leopold
Dean, Communications
leopold.joseph@spcollege.edu
727.341.3719
Jimmy Chang
Dean, Mathematics
chang.jimmy@spcollege.edu
727.341.4305
Natavia Middleton
Dean, Natural Sciences
middleton.natavia@spcollege.edu
727.394.6995
Joseph Smiley
Dean, Social & Behavioral Science
smiley.joseph@spcollege.edu
727.712.5851
Barbara Hubbard
Dean, Humanities & Fine Arts
hubbard.barbara@spcollege.edu
727.394.6011

Florida CIP Code

1192401010: GENERAL DEGREE TRANSFER (AA)

Federal CIP Code

24.0101: Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.