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Graduation Requirements

Associate of Applied Science degrees are offered in allied health with major areas of emphasis in paramedic/emergency medical services, and practical nursing; business with major areas of emphasis in business technology, business technology banking and business technology medical; physical therapist assistant; industrial systems technology; general technology with major areas of emphasis in air conditioning and refrigeration, automotive service, computer information systems, cosmetic science, collision repair, facilities management, industrial control systems, law enforcement and welding. Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus is seeking approval for an Associate of Applied Science degree in Physical Therapist Assistant.

Technical certification is offered in air conditioning and refrigeration, automotive service technology, business technology, business technology banking, business technology medical transcription, collision repair technology, computer information systems, cosmetology, enology, facilites maintenance, industrial control systems, industrial electronics technology, law enforcement, paramedic/emergency medical services, practical nursing, viticulture and welding technology.
Proficiency certification is offered in nursing assistant, basic emergency medical services and intermediate emergency medical services.

Effective Fall 2005 new, transfer, or returning students must choose to complete requirements for graduation under the provisions of the 2005 - 2006 Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus catalog or any subsequent catalog provided they were enrolled at the university during the year the catalog was in effect. The catalog a student selects to use to complete degree requirements may require departmental approval and approval of the Office of Student Services if significant curriculum changes have occurred.

For effective use of the result of its constant reexamination of student needs as a means for improving its total educational program, the university reserves the right to make effective immediately any change in graduation requirements for students whose studies have not advanced beyond the level at which the change becomes operative.

Degree Audit and Application for Graduation

Candidates for graduation must complete a degree audit and an application for graduation. Students completing graduation requirements at the end of the fall semester must submit to the Office of Student Services an application for graduation and complete a degree audit in consultation with their advisor on or before the end of the eighth week of the previous spring semester. Students completing graduation requirements at the end of the spring semester or either of the following summer sessions must submit an application for graduation and complete a degree audit in consultation with their advisor on or before the end of the eighth week of the previous fall semester.

Students who file an application for graduation but fail to complete all graduation requirements as planned must submit a new degree audit and new application for graduation.

Financial
Obligation

Before any transcript is issued, the student must have paid any debt owed the university.

Graduation Honors

The Associate of Applied Science degree with honors will be conferred upon candidates who at graduation have earned a minimum grade point average on all courses taken at Arkansas Tech as follows: Summa Cum Laude–3.900 - 4.000, Magna Cum Laude– 3.700 - 3.899, Cum Laude–3.500 - 3.699. Graduation honors will be determined by work taken at Arkansas Tech only. This policy is effective to new students enrolling in the first summer term, 2000, and subsequent terms. Previously enrolled students should contact the Office of the Student Services for clarification of the policy.

Commencement
Participation

Participation in commencement is required of all candidates for degrees except in cases involving hardship. The student may officially petition the Chief Student Officer for the degree to be awarded in absentia.

Students taking courses at other institutions must have official transcripts submitted to the Registrar's Office and have completed all degree requirements prior to the commencement ceremony to be allowed to participate.

Students who do not have a minimum grade point of 2.00 in the major and overall will not be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Academic regalia shall be worn by the student during the graduation ceremony. The academic regalia will consist only of the cap and gown. No decorations, writings, necklaces, braids, pins, cords, medallions or other items other than the Arkansas Tech University Honors cord and medallion shall be worn or placed on the academic regalia.

Diplomas are mailed to graduates following commencement.

Requirements for
Associate of Applied Science Degrees

The requirements for the associate of applied science degree are outlined under each program of study. Associate of applied science programs include a general education component consisting of a minimum of 15 semester credit hours in English, mathematics, social sciences, and computer applications. In addition to the general education component, each program will require a technical component consisting of 45-56 hours. Please refer to individual programs of study for specific requirements. In addition to completing the necessary hours prescribed, candidates for associate of applied science degrees must meet the following requirements:

A. Residence
1. The last 30 semester hours of work toward a degree must be done in residence.
2. No more than a total of 30 semester hours of correspondence, extension, military service, or credit by examination work may be applied as credit towards a degree.

B. Hours of Credit and Grades
1. Refer to major field of study for semester hour requirements.
2. The cumulative grade point average must not be less than 2.00 and not more than 25 percent of the semester hours may carry the "D" grade. Students must have a 2.00 grade point in their major.
3. No more than 50% of technical coursework may be transferred into a program.
4. An official record of any correspondence or transfer work completed at
another institution must be on file in the Office of Student Services prior to the end of the semester or term in which graduation is planned.

Requirements for
Additional Degrees

To complete an additional associate degree, whether the first degree is a bachelor or associate, the following must be completed: (a) a minimum of 30 semester hours at Arkansas Tech in addition to the hours for the first degree, (b) all University catalog requirements for the major field of study, (c) applicable requirements specified under "Requirements for Associate Degrees" above.

Students pursuing an associate degree must use the Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus catalog in effect at the time they first enroll or any subsequent Tech catalog provided they were enrolled at the University during the year the catalog was in effect. No catalog prior to 2005 - 2006 may be selected.

Associate of Arts
General Studies

The associate of arts degree program in general studies is designed primarily for continuing education students who enroll on a part-time basis in the University's evening school. This degree offers students the background, knowledge, and academic preparation necessary to pursue career opportunities not requiring the traditional four-year degree while at the same time providing the foundation for continued study toward a bachelor's degree. This degree is available through the Arkansas Tech University main campus. To qualify for the associate of arts in general studies, the student must satisfy the associate degree requirements and complete the following curriculum:

Curriculum Hours
General Education Courses1 37
Electives 25
Total 62

1See "General Education Requirements"

General Education Requirements

The general education curriculum is designed to provide a foundation for knowledge common to educated people and to develop the capacity for an individual to expand that knowledge over his or her lifetime. Students who have completed the general education curriculum at Arkansas Tech University will be able to:

Communicate effectively
Think critically
Develop ethical perspectives
Apply scientific and quantitative reasoning
Demonstrate knowledge of the arts and humanities
Understand wellness concepts

To accomplish the above goals, Arkansas Tech requires the completion of the following general education curriculum. Students should refer to the curriculum in their major area of study for specific courses either recommended or required by the academic department to fulfill the general education requirements.

English – 6 hours
(See Course Descriptions for minimum grade requirements)
Three hours from one of the following:
ENGL 1013 Composition I
ENGL 1043 Honors Composition I
Three additional hours from one of the following:
ENGL 1023 Composition II
ENGL 1053 Honors Composition II

Mathematics – 3 hours
(See Course Descriptions for minimum grade requirements)
Three hours from one of the following:
MATH 1003 College Mathematics
MATH 1113 College Algebra
Any higher level mathematics course

Science – 8 hours
Four hours of a biological science with laboratory from one of the following:
BIOL 1014 Introduction to Biological Science OR
Any higher level biology course that includes a lab (Note that BIOL 1014 is specifically designed to meet general education objectives and is highly recommended unless you meet the prerequisites for a different course specified by your major).
Four additional hours of a physical science with laboratory from one of the following:
PHSC 1013 Introduction to Physical Science AND
PHSC 1021 Physical Science Laboratory
CHEM 1114 Survey of Chemistry
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry I
GEOL 1004 Essentials of Earth Science
GEOL 1014 Physical Geology
PHYS 1114 Applied Physics
PHYS 2014 Physical Principles I
PHYS 2024 Physical Principles II
PHYS 2114 General Physics I
PHYS 2124 General Physics II
PHSC 1053 Astronomy AND PHSC 1051 Observational Astronomy Lab OR
PHSC 3053 Astronomy AND PHSC 3051 Observational Astronomy Lab

Physical Activity – 2 hours
Two hours from the following:
Physical education activity courses
Recreation (RP) coeducational activity courses
Wellness science activity courses
Theatrical dance activity
Appropriate military science courses completed through cross-enrollment agreement with UCA.

Fine Arts – 3 hours
Three hours from one of the following:
*ART 2123 Experiencing Art
MUS 2003 Introduction to Music
TH 2273 Introduction to Theatre
*ENGL 2173 Introduction to Film
*JOUR 2173 Introduction to Film
Art Majors:
Art Education Majors Take ART 2123
Fine Arts and Graphic Design majors take any of the above options except ART 2123
Music Majors:
Any of the above course options except MUS 2003

Humanities – 3 hours
Three hours from one of the following:
*ENGL 2003 Introduction to World Literature
ENGL 2013 Introduction to American Literature
PHIL 2003 Introduction to Philosophy

Social Sciences – 12 hours
Three hours from one of the following:
HIST 2003 U.S. History to 1865
HIST 2013 U.S. History from 1865
POLS 2003 American Government
Nine additional hours from the following:
*HIST 1503 World Civilization I
*HIST 1513 World Civilization II
HIST 2003 U.S. History to 1865
HIST 2013 U.S. History from 1865
POLS 2003 American Government
ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I
SOC 1003 Introductory Sociology
PSY 2003 General Psychology
*ANTH 1213 Introduction to Anthropology OR
*ANTH 2003 Cultural Anthropology
*GEOG 2013 Regional Geography of the World
AMST 2003 American Studies

*Of the above 18 hours in Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Science, three hours must be from one of the following:

ART 2123 Experiencing Art
ENGL 2173 Introduction to Film
JOUR 2173 Introduction to Film
ENGL 2003 Introduction to World Literature
HIST 1503 World Civilization I
HIST 1513 World Civilization II
ANTH 1213 Introduction to Anthropology OR
ANTH 2003 Cultural Anthropology
GEOG 2013 Regional Geography of the World

State Minimum Core

The courses that comprise Tech's general education curriculum also constitute the University's State Minimum Core, established in accordance with Act 98 of 1989, for implementation the fall semester of 1991. Act 98 requires colleges and universities to identify "a minimum core of courses which shall apply toward the general education core curriculum requirements for baccalaureate degrees at state supported institutions of higher education and which shall be fully transferable between state institutions."