Programs of Study
Associate in Arts (A.A.) (A10100)
Associate in Science (A.S.) (A10400)
Associate in Fine Arts Degree (A.F.A.) (A10200)
44 Hour Core - (CAA) ARTS
44 Hour Core - (CAA) SCIENCE
Central Piedmont offers three degrees designed for college transfer – the A.A., Associate in Arts (A10100), the A.S., Associate in Science (A10400) and the A.F.A., Associate in Fine Arts (A10200). The Associate in Arts degree emphasizes the liberal arts; the Associate in Science degree emphasizes science and mathematics; the Associate in Fine Arts degree emphasizes art, dance, and music.
The degree programs offer courses comparable to the freshman and sophomore levels at four-year colleges and universities. Students who want to transfer to a senior institution should work with an academic advisor, a student counselor or with a college transfer faculty advisor. These officials will advise college-transfer students on the strategic selection of courses that meet their two-year degree requirements and also, lower division general education requirements at the four-year schools in North Carolina. Because these requirements vary among the four-year schools, students should obtain a current catalog from the 4-year school they plan to attend and discuss their plans with a representative from the given institution.
Students seeking to transfer to one of the UNC system institutions should visit the following web site: www.ga.unc.edu.
For More Information
Visit the CPCC website at www.cpcc.edu.
Students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Students must take placement tests in English, reading and, mathematics to enroll in English and mathematics courses.
Students must complete a minimum of 64 semester hours of transfer courses including the required general education courses. A minimum of 21 semester credit hours must be earned at CPCC; 12 of them must be the final credit hours prior to graduation. (Exceptions may be made with the approval of the appropriate academic dean.)
Procedures for Students Desiring a Second Degree
- The student desiring a second degree informs his/her counselor of his/her intent to receive two associate degrees prior to applying for graduation in the Graduation Office.
- The counselor evaluates the student’s transcript to determine if additional semester hours/coursework is required.
- The counselor documents his/her decision on the Advisement Screen of the mainframe with a statement similar to the one below.
“With the completion of all graduation requirements, the student will be eligible for the Associate in Arts (A10100) and the Associate in General Education (A10300) degree.”
- The student applies for graduation in the Graduation Office, submitting a separate application for each degree sought.
- A graduation analyst confirms that the counselor has noted the student’s intent on the Advisement Screen and continues with graduation audit process. If no note is found on the Advisement Screen, the graduation analyst informs the student that he/she needs to speak with a counselor before proceeding.
CPCC General Education Goals
Through its general education program, Central Piedmont seeks to provide a high quality of education for its students and to ensure that graduates have the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to function effectively in their personal and professional lives.
Central Piedmont Community College defines general education as acquiring and integrating the general knowledge, intellectual skills, attitudes, and experiences needed by an individual to achieve a level of competency appropriate for a two-year college graduate, preparing for advanced work and life-long learning, and functioning more fully as a person and as a member of society.
The following goals identify the essence of a general education. Although some competencies may be achieved primarily through successful completion of particular courses, students should have the opportunity to develop and use many of these skills throughout their programs.
Students will demonstrate the ability to obtain meaning from printed, electronic, and graphical resources.
Students will effectively communicate both orally and in writing. Students will demonstrate the ability to locate, critically evaluate, and present information.
Students will apply mathematical concepts and skills to analyze, manipulate, and interpret quantitative data.
- Computer Skills
Students will demonstrate the basic computer skills necessary to function in a technological world.
- Critical Thinking / Problem Solving
Students will demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, question, and evaluate content as a guide to understanding and action.
- Cultural Awareness
Students will demonstrate knowledge of cultural similarities and differences.
- Social / Behavioral Sciences
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the influence of the individual on group behavior and conversely, the influence of the group on the individual.
- Natural Sciences
Students will demonstrate comprehension of the major steps of the scientific method.
- Humanities / Fine Arts
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the humanities and critical skills in assessing cultural/artistic merit and significance.
- Health / Physical Education
Students will demonstrate knowledge and/or skills of health and physical education.
NOTE: This goal does not apply to the Associate in Fine Arts Degree.
College Transfer Degree Requirements
Students electing to participate in the following CAA must also meet CPCC’s institutional General Education requirements. In order to meet these requirements the student must elect and complete:
- Communications (COM)
- Technology (CIS/CSC)
- Health and Physical Education (HEA/PED)
Central Piedmont has expanded students’ options to transfer to senior institutions by entering into bi-lateral agreements. The terms of the agreement are limited to the particular institution and may not be applied to other schools. Agreements have been established with the following institutions:
- Montreat College
- Strayer University
- Queens University (specifically for Business and Accounting)
- UNC-Charlotte (specifically for Teacher Education)