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AS 120 Associate in Science, A.S.

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Graduates earning the Associate in Science meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined by Public Act 87-581, revised PA 90-0655.  Courses meeting this requirement are designated with a ■ .

Curriculum No. 120

General education provides students the knowledge and abilities necessary for future growth as lifelong learners. The abilities of a generally educated person include, but are not limited to, reading, writing, listening, speaking, observing, calculating, and using technology.

The goals of general education aim toward development of general knowledge and intellectual concepts; a system of personal values; higher level skills in communication, quantification, and thinking; and understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and environments; and personal responsibility.

Institutional Student Learning Objectives are divided into four broad categories: Critical Competency, Creative Competency, Communicative Competency, and Cultural Competency. A complete list of the Student Learning Outcomes are available from the Dean of Arts/Communications/Social Sciences, the Dean of Math/Science/Business, or the Vice President of Instruction.

Completion of this Associate in Science curriculum does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (GECC). Students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer. Post transfer students can complete three (3) credits of Social Science and three (3) credits of Humanities and Fine Arts at the Illinois 4-year public institution to complete the GECC requirement. It is strongly recommended you consult with your Kishwaukee College counselor regarding the GECC requirements to transfer.

These requirements are effective for students entering Kishwaukee College or any participating Illinois college or university in summer 2016 or later.

A minimum of 64 credit hours are required for the Associate in Science degree. In fulfilling the required hours for the degree, no more than four hours of physical education activity courses may be used to fulfill the minimum hours required. Within the 64 hours, the following must be completed:

I. General Education

Communications - 9 Credit Hours

Students must receive grades of “C” or higher in ENG 103  and ENG 104 .

Science - 10-11 Credit Hours

Students pursuing a science pathway should take more science credits.

Must choose 7-8 credits from these courses.

Must include a course in life sciences and a course in physical science, and a lab corresponding to one of these courses.

Attention Transfer Students:

The recommended courses listed should be reviewed with an Academic Advisor/Counselor to determine their applicability toward Kishwaukee College degree requirements as well as bachelor’s degree requirements of the four-year institution to which the student will transfer. All graduation and degree requirements for the A.A. or A.S. degree must be satisfied.


Graduates earning the Associate in Science meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in Public Act 87-581, revised PA 90-0655. Courses meeting this requirement are designated with a ■

Humanities and Fine Arts - 6 Credit Hours

Must include one course in humanities, one course in fine arts.

**ENG 286 , HUM 119  or HUM 129  can fulfill one humanities/fine arts area but not both.

II. Student Success

Students transferring from other institutions with 30 or more credit hours will be exempt from the Student Success requirement. This requirement will be waived for students pursuing a second degree at Kishwaukee College.

One of the following:

III. Open Electives

Courses used to meet the open elective requirement may be selected from 100/200 level courses in fine arts, humanities, mathematics, physical science, life science, social sciences, or other undergraduate-level credit courses. Courses should be chosen according to the student’s intended major at the bachelor’s degree level. Students should consult with a Kishwaukee College faculty advisor, academic advisor/counselor, or the transfer institution to verify that selected courses will meet the requirement of the transfer institution. Educational Guarantees will be voided if this is not done.

A maximum of 4 credit hours of physical education activity credit can be applied to meeting this requirement.

IV. Additional Requirements

  1. Meet the College’s academic residency requirement: a minimum of 15 credit hours in 100/200 level course work must be completed at Kishwaukee College for each degree earned.
  2. Fulfill the cumulative grade point average requirement of a grade point average of 2.000 (“C”) in all 100/200 level courses attempted at Kishwaukee College.
  3. Resolve any incomplete grades in Kishwaukee College course work.
  4. Apply for graduation through Kishwaukee College Self-Service located in myKC.