Baccalaureate Courses for AS Degree Holders Begin in January at FGCU; Information Session Dec. 12 at ECC
FORT MYERS, FL - Effective Dec. 2, Associate of Science graduates from Edison Community College can immediately register in the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science program at Florida Gulf Coast University and to help detail options and encourage prospective enrollees, an information session is offered from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12 at ECC Gresham Hall Room 114.
Presentations begin every half hour starting at 5:15 p.m. with representatives from ECC and FGCU, including FGCU’s director of admissions and academic advisors to provide curriculum information about the BSAS program’s two concentrations, computer technology and public services management.
As soon as January, FGCU is offering classes in both concentrations, including a public services course taught jointly by the departments of Justice Studies and Public Affairs, and five computer technology courses: Information Systems, Systems Analysis and Design, Database Concepts and Administration, Data Communications, and Operations Management.
The BSAS degree program consists of 120 credit hours and each concentration specifically addresses the continuing educational needs of students who have earned AS degrees in various disciplines, including paramedics, firefighters, police officers and paralegals, who are already occupationally qualified by virtue of their AS degree but want to progress to related areas.
Students may transfer a maximum of 60 lower division credits from their AS degree to the FGCU bachelor’s degree program.
Students entering the BSAS program will sign a contract that describes coursework and program requirements. The plan of study assumes that students will have completed 18 hours of appropriate general education coursework as part of the AS program and have a 2.0 grade point average.
In addition, BSAS students must fulfill the state College Level Academic Skills Test, or CLAST, and foreign language and graduation requirements.
The agreement between the two schools offers a seamless transition for graduates from ECC’s associate degree to FGCU’s bachelor’s degree, a partnership that will now serve as a model for the state.
Traditionally, AS degrees, which require two years of lower division, freshman and sophomore-level courses, are “terminal” and do not necessarily lead upward to other degrees. The Florida Board of Education provided a $1 million grant to fund the experimental partnership.
For more information, contact FGCU at (941) 590-7878 or ECC at (941) 489-9295.