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Thank you for choosing SFCC! After submitting the admissions application, transcripts, placement scores, and applying for financial aid, the next step is to develop your educational plan that will guide you in selecting your classes.
What are your educational goals?
Do you already know the career path you want to travel? Do you want to attend college full-time (an average of 12-17 credit hours per semester) or part-time (less than 12 credit hours per semester). If the you already know in which career path you want to major, you can skip down to Building your education plan. If you aren't sure which path you want to take, don't despair; we can help you get there! Read on.
SFCC offers two types of degrees and certificates.
Associate of Arts (AA)--is designed for the student who wants to start here and then transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a bachelor's degree. General education (math, English, history, public speaking, etc.) courses make up the majority of the AA student's credit toward graduation; elective classes that are related to the student's major make up the rest of the credit required for an AA. If this is your path, click on AA degree to learn the ins and outs of this particular path.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)--is designed for the student who wants to attend college for a shorter period of time and then enter the workforce after graduation. However, students who earn an AAS can still transfer to a four-year college or university. Most of the coursework for an AAS degree are earned by earning credits relevant to the student's major, and the remaining credits consists of general education coursework. Students can choose from more than 30 AAS programs at SFCC.
Certificate (CT)--is designed for the student who want to attend college for less than two years and then enter the workforce after graduation. Course work for certificate programs generally does not require general education courses.
To view the list of AA, AAS and Certifications offered at SFCC, click Degrees and Programs.
If you are searching for a career path, SFCC has several services and a class you can take to help you discover it.
If you can't decide on the career path you want to follow before you enroll in your first semester, call an ARC advisor at (660) 530-5831 to discuss your options. For the first semester you can follow the AA degree plan in general studies to help you get started because most degrees require a certain number of general education courses.
After you identify your goals, write them down. Now you are ready to build your personal education plan. Remember, this plan is always a work in progress, so you will need to make adjustments along the way. Your core and academic advisors can help you develop the best plan for you.
Here are tools and information you will need to build your education plan:
The course catalog is a complete listing of all the requirements for each degree and also provides course descriptions. You can also look up course descriptions online by clicking on Class Search and following the directions. Placement scores let you know if you need to enroll in basic skills courses before you can enroll in general education courses that require a certain placement score.
If you have selected a major, locate the corresponding degree worksheet and print it out. The outline of the coursework that is required for your particular degree will help you in building your education plan. If you don't know what career path you want to choose, contact the ARC at (660) 530-5831 for assistance. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
Other information you will need in preparing to select your classes, if it applies to your situation, is described on the following links:
It is important to know what credit you have already earned that can be applied to your degree at SFCC. That is why you need to note the credit you may have already earned toward your degree at SFCC through dual credit, vocational and technical school credit and credit earned from another college. Knowing this prevents you from taking classes you do not need. Also, it is important to know that the credit you earn at SFCC is accepted at the college or university to which you plan to transfer after graduation.
Don't hesitate to call the ARC at (660) 530-5831 if you need assistance in understanding the information presented in any of the sessions.