College Transfer Program - Associate in Arts & Associate in Science


Degree Programs
The College Transfer program offers a variety of courses in the arts and sciences leading to an Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) or an Associate in Science degree (A.S.). These courses parallel those required during the first two years of study at four-year colleges and universities.

The Associate in Arts curriculum is designed for students pursuing liberal arts or pre-professional programs such as those listed below. Students must take a core of required general education courses in English composition, humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics. In addition to this core, students must take additional college transfer courses based on their specialized interests and needs for a total of 65 semester hour credits.

The Associate in Science curriculum requires a heavier concentration of science and mathematics courses with less emphasis on humanities/fine arts and social/behavioral sciences. Students desiring to major in a health-related, science, or mathematics field would follow the requirements for this degree. An asterisk designates which of the professional majors listed below prefer students to complete the A.S. degree program.

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture*
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Astronomy*
  • Banking & Finance
  • Biology*
  • Botany*
  • Business
  • Chemistry*
  • Communication
  • Computer Science*
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Dentistry*
  • Drafting & Design
  • Drama & Theatre
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electronics
  • Engineering*
  • English
  • Filmmaking
  • Foreign Languages
  • Forestry
  • Geology*
  • Geography
  • Health Technology*
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics*
  • Medicine*
  • Meteorology*
  • Music
  • Nursing*
  • Pharmacy*
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Science*
  • Physical Therapy*
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Speech Education
  • Veterinary Science*
  • Zoology*

* Denotes professional majors which prefer an Associate in Science degree.

Comprehensive Articulation Agreement with the University of North Carolina

In an effort to simplify and facilitate transfer of credit between community colleges and the University of North Carolina System, the University’s Board of Governors and the State Board of Community Colleges have developed and approved a Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. This agreement addresses the transfer of students between institutions in the North Carolina Community College System and from that system to constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina. It applies to all North Carolina community colleges and all constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina.

As one provision of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, students who complete the A.A or A.S. degree requirements at any community college will be able to transfer to constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina with junior status and will be considered to have fulfilled the institution-wide, lower division, general education requirements of the receiving institution. Community college graduates of these programs will normally receive 64 semester hours of academic credit upon admission to the university.

Other provisions of the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement address the transfer of general education core courses for non-graduates and transfer agreements for major or professional specialties. For more information about the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, one may contact the College Transfer Program Coordinator.

The Associate in Arts degree shall be granted for a planned program of study consisting of a minimum of 64 and a maximum of 65 semester hours of college transfer course. (Ref. 23 NCAC 2E.0204) Within the degree program, the institution shall include opportunities for the achievement of competence in reading, writing, oral communication, fundamental mathematical skills, and the basic use of computers.

Courses are approved for transfer through the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement. Community college graduates who have earned 64 semester hours of academic credit in approved college transfer courses with a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale will receive at least 64 semester hours of academic credit upon admission to a university. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions. Courses offered through bilateral agreements may not transfer to all receiving institutions.


Transfer Agreements with Private 4-Year Colleges and Universities
Edgecombe Community College has formal transfer agreements with many private 4-year colleges and universities in North Carolina. These agreements list programs and courses which are accepted for transfer. For information about transfer to a specific college or university, one may contact the College Transfer Program Coordinator.


Writing Intensive Requirements
The Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees at ECC require students to complete at least three writing intensive courses. Two are ENG 111 and ENG 113. The other one may be selected from available humanities and social science offerings. These courses are identified in the course description section of the College Catalog with an ^ symbol. Ex. ENG 111^

Writing intensive courses are designed by faculty to encourage writing across the curriculum and give students practice in extensive writing activities to enhance their communication skills. The courses may focus on academic writing used in upper-level college courses, professional writing used in career settings, and write-to-learn activities to improve the student’s mastery of material. Each area has specific criteria for instructors to follow regarding the types and amounts of writing. Depending on the format, writing intensive courses can require 20 to 50 pages of writing.

For the most current information about the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science programs, contact:

Dr. Harry Starnes 
Dean, Division of Arts and Sciences
Edgecombe Community College
2009 W. Wilson St.
Tarboro, NC 27886
(252) 823-5166, ext. 221