- David M. Mariner, Ph.D., Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies
The focus of the program is to offer an alternative pathway to students with a more positive outcome of an associate degree. The associate degree (i.e., Associate of Arts or Associate of Science) requires a minimum of 60 credits in a broad-based, liberal arts curriculum. Students completing this degree will be qualified to pursue entry-level employment that requires a liberal arts foundation, or to continue their education in a baccalaureate degree program. Students in this program will achieve competencies in oral and written communication, scientific and quantitative reasoning, humanities, technological competency, information literacy, and social and behavioral sciences. Critical Analysis and Reasoning are imbedded across the curriculum. Additionally, students will develop a depth of knowledge in an academic area completing 21 credit hours from an approved course of study.