NCCC College Catalog 2022-2023 
    
    Sep 28, 2023  
NCCC College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Degree & Certificate Requirements



The Board of Trustees grants the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, and Associate of General Studies degrees. Requirements for the degrees include the successful completion of a minimum of sixty-four (64) semester hours credit and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. To be eligible for graduation, students must have earned at least eighteen (18) credit hours from NCCC. Requirements for graduation may be completed during any semester. Students may participate in the graduation ceremony if no more than 9 credit hours are needed to complete their degree and the student plans to complete the last of their requirements during the following summer term. Any change in graduation requirements must be approved by the Vice President for Student Learning.

Course numbers under 100 will not count toward the sixty-four (64) credit hours required for the associate degrees.

All currently enrolled students who plan to graduate at the conclusion of any given semester must file Intent to Graduate form at the time they enroll for their final semester so that their records may be checked to ensure that all graduation requirements have been met.

Candidates for the Associate of Applied Science in Nursing have additional requirements for graduation.

Students choosing to graduate under the Kansas Transfer Articulation Agreement must meet additional course requirements in completing the AS and AA Degrees.

Certificate Requirements

The Board of Trustees grants a variety of certificates. Requirements for the certificates include the successful completion of all courses within the certificate and either a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or a grade of C or better in all courses within the certificate. Specific certificate requirements are listed on the program path for each certificate. To be eligible for a certificate, students must have earned at least 50% of the certificate hours from NCCC including their final semester at NCCC.

Course numbers under 100 will not count toward the hours required for the certificate.

All currently enrolled students who plan to receive a certificate at the conclusion of any semester must file Intent to Receive Certificate form at the time they enroll for their final semester so that their records may be checked to ensure that all certificate requirements have been met.

Candidates for the Licensed Practical Nursing certificate have additional requirements.

Degrees Offered


Associate Of Applied Science (AAS) Degree

The Associate of Applied Science degree is designed for individuals who wish to begin a career upon graduation. Students completing this program will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree and a two-year certificate in the occupational specialty.

Specialization and Related Courses/Competencies 42-48 hours

  1. Specialization courses/competencies from major technical specialty
  2. Related courses/competencies from the following: interpersonal skills (employability skills), courses from other disciplines

Computer Literacy Proficiency 1-3 hours
Note: A test-out option is available which forgives the requirement but does NOT replace the needed credit hours

General Education Courses/Competencies 12-25 hours

  1. English Composition I and Interpersonal Communication or Fundamentals of Speech- required
  2. Other general education courses selected from: communication, math, science, social or behavioral science, arts and humanities, or physical education

First Year Seminar (or approved substitute) 1 hour
(May be waived for transfer students with 15+ hours)

Other Requirements

  1. Pre- and post-assessments as required by NCCC
  2. Eighteen (18) credit hours must be in residence at NCCC
  3. Total of sixty-four (64) to seventy-two (72) credit hours
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  5. Must clear all holds and obligations to NCCC.

Associate Of Arts (AA) Degree

The Associate of Arts degree is designed for students planning to transfer to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a liberal arts field.

Communications 9 hours
English Composition I, English Composition II, Fundamentals of Speech

Computer Literacy Proficiency 3 hours
Note: A test-out option is available which forgives the requirement but does NOT replace the needed credit hours

Science and Mathematics 11-13 hours

  1. Two science courses with one course having a lab component; additionally, one of the science courses must be considered a biological science and the other must be considered a physical science; and
  2. One mathematics course, including College Algebra or a higher level math course

Social and Behavioral Sciences 9 hours
General Psychology and six credit hours from two of the following areas: economics, geography, political science, psychology, and/or sociology

Arts and Humanities 12 hours
Choose from at least three areas: art*, music*, theatre*, history, language, literature, or philosophy (*performance/participation classes do not meet this requirement)

Physical Education 1 hour
Lifetime Fitness

First Year Seminar (or approved substitute) 1 hour
(May be waived for transfer students with 15+ hours)

Appropriate Field of Study 16-18 hours
Appropriate field of study in liberal arts
For example: study in English, fine arts, education, history, humanities, language, music, social science, or general liberal arts

Other Requirements

  1. Pre- and post-assessments as required by NCCC
  2. Eighteen (18) credit hours must be in residence at NCCC
  3. Total of sixty-four 64 credit hours
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  5. Must clear all holds and obligations to NCCC

Associate Of General Studies (AGS) Degree

The Associate of General Studies degree is a terminal two-year degree designed for individuals who do not plan to transfer.

Communications 6 hours
English Composition I required, plus English Composition II or Fundamentals of Speech or Interpersonal Communications

Computer Literacy Proficiency 1-3 hours
Note: A test-out option is available which forgives the requirement but does NOT replace the needed credit hours

Science and Mathematics 8-10 hours
One biological or physical science and a science lab course, and one mathematics including Intermediate Algebra or a higher level math course

Social and Behavioral Sciences 9 hours

Arts and Humanities 9 hours

Physical Education 1 hour
Lifetime Fitness

First Year Seminar (or approved substitute) 1 hour
(May be waived for transfer students with 15+ hours)

The remaining credits may be selected from various program emphasis areas recommended by the student’s academic advisor 25-29 hours

Other Requirements

  1. Pre- and post-assessments as required by NCCC
  2. Eighteen (18) credit hours must be in residence at NCCC
  3. Total of sixty-four (64) credit hours
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  5. Must clear all holds and obligations to NCCC

Associate Of Science (AS) Degree

The Associate of Science degree is designed for students planning to transfer to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business, education, engineering, mathematics, social or behavioral science, biological science, or related technologies.

Communications 9 hours
English Composition I, English Composition II, Fundamentals of Speech

Computer Literacy Proficiency 3 hours
Note: A test-out option is available which forgives the requirement but does NOT replace the needed credit hours

Science and Mathematics 13-15 hours

  1. Two science courses with both having a lab component; additionally, one of the science courses must be considered a biological science and the other must be considered a physical science; and
  2. One mathematics including College Algebra or a higher level math course

Social and Behavioral Sciences 9 hours
General Psychology and six credit hours from two of the following areas: economics, geography, political science, psychology, and/or sociology

Arts and Humanities 9 hours

Choose from three areas: art*, history, drama*, language, literature, music* and humanities (*performance/participation classes do not meet this requirement)

Physical Education 1 hour
Lifetime Fitness

First Year Seminar (or approved substitute) 1 hour
(May be waived for transfer students with 15+ hours)

Appropriate Field of Study 17-19 hours
A program of study in business, education, engineering, mathematics, social or behavioral science, natural science, or related technologies

Other Requirements

  1. Pre- and post-assessments as required by NCCC
  2. Eighteen (18) credit hours must be in residence at NCCC
  3. Total of sixty-four (64) credit hours
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  5. Must clear all holds and obligations to NCCC

Degree Revocation Policy


It is the policy of NCCC that a degree may be revoked when it is demonstrated by clear and convincing evidence that:

  1. A degree has been erroneously conferred when all requirements had not been satisfied at the time the degree was granted.
  2. A degree has been erroneously conferred as a result of an act of academic dishonesty.