The Smart Start to a Bachelor’s Degree

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) is the smart start to earning a bachelor degree.  During the two-year program, students earn 60 credits.  They take similar general education courses as freshman and sophomores at a university (only the classes are much smaller than a typical university lecture hall class).  

Graduates of the A.A. can go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree at The College of the Florida Keys or transfer to another college or university.  CFK has “2+2” partnerships with all of Florida’s 12 public and 31 independent universities, as well as a dozen other institutions—making it easy to take the next step.

Think Ahead. Plan Ahead.

A.A. students are encouraged to think ahead from the very beginning.  Your academic advisor will help you develop a Career Pathway/Bachelor’s Degree Plan, which will align your elective courses to the major in which you intend to pursue a bachelor’s degree.  Keep in mind that there may be additional requirements and prerequisite courses that exceed 60 credits, so it is important that you work with your advisor and consult the CFK catalog.  

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

To earn an Associate in Arts degree students must earn sixty (60) credits. Students must complete thirtysix (36) credit hours of general education courses (Area I–VI) and 18–19 credit hours of elective course work (Area VII), 3 credit hours of Computer Competency (Area VIII), and 2–3 credit hours of College Success (Area IX).

General Education Requirements for the Associate in Arts Degree (36 credit hours)

Area I: Letters Requirements (6 credit hours)

A grade of “C” or higher is required in order to satisfy F.A.C. 6A-10.030 requirements.

Core Communication Requirements (6 credit hours)

The following courses each require significant college level writing that conforms to the requirements of F.A.C. 6A-10.030 (Other Assessment Procedures for College-Level Communication and Computation Skills).

  • ENC 1101 – English Composition I (3)
  • ENC 1102 – English Composition II (3)
  • Any course with an ENC prefix for which and ENC 1101 course is a prerequisite (i.e. English Composition II)

Optional Communication (Optional Communication courses count towards General Education Electives)

  • SPC 1608 – Intro to Speech Communication (3)
Area II: Humanities Requirements (6 credit hours)

The following courses each require demonstration of college–level writing skills through multiple assignments and apply to F.A.C. 6A-10.030 writing requirement.

Core Humanities Requirements (choose 3 at least credit hours)

  • HUM 1020 – Intro to Humanities (3)
  • PHI 2010 – Intro to Philosophy (3)
  • ARH 1000 – Art Appreciation (3)
  • MUL 1010 – Music Appreciation (3)

Optional Humanities

  • ARH 1050 – Art History Ancient to 1400 (3)
  • ARH 1051 – Art History 1400 to present (3)
  • CRW 1001 – Creative Writing (3)
  • CRW 1300 – Beginning Poetry Writing (3)
  • CRW 2100 – Beginning Fiction Writing (3)
  • ENG 1300 – Writing About Film (3)
  • HUM 2250 – Humanities of the 20th Century (3)
  • LIT 2020 – Introduction to Short Fiction (3)
  • LIT 2380 – Women in Literature (3)
  • PHI 2600 – Intro to Ethics (3)
  • REL 2240 – New Testament Survey (3)
  • REL 2300 – World Religions (3)
Area III: Mathematics Requirements (6 credit hours)

A grade of “C” or higher is required in order to satisfy F.A.C. 6A-10.030 requirements.

Core Mathematics Requirements (choose at least 3 credit hours)

  • MAC 1105 – College Algebra (3)
  • MAC 2311 – Calculus I (4)
  • MGF 1106 – Math for Liberal Arts I (3)
  • STA 2023 – Introduction to Probability and Statistics I (3)
  • Any course for which a Core General Education Mathematics course is the immediate prerequisite 94

Optional Mathematics

  • MAC 1147 – Pre Calculus/Trigonometry (4)
  • MAC 2233 – Calculus for Business Majors (3)
  • MAC 2312 – Calculus and Analytic Geometry 2 (4)
Area IV: Natural Science (6 credits required)

Core Natural Science Requirements (choose at least 3 credit hours)

  • AST 1002 – Astronomy (3)
  • BSC 1005 – Survey of Biological Science (3)
  • BSC 1010 – Principles of Biology I (3)
  • BSC 1085 – Anatomy and Physiology I (3)
  • CHM 1045 – General Chemistry I (3)
  • PHY 1053C – General Physics I (4)
  • Any course for which a Core General Education Natural Science course is the immediate prerequisite

Optional Natural Science

  • BSC 1011 – Principles of Biology II (3)
  • BSC 1086 – Anatomy and Physiology II (3)
  • CHM 1046 – General Chemistry II (3)
  • MET 1010 – Intro to Meteorology (3)
  • OCB 1000- Introduction to Marine Biology (3)
  • OCE 1001- Introduction to Oceanography (3)
  • PCB 2030 – Environmental Biology (3)
Area V: Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credits required)

Core Social Science Requirements (choose at least 3 credit hours)

  • AMH 2020 – History of the United States, 1876 to 1945 (3)
  • ECO 2013 – Macroeconomics (3)
  • POS 1041 – National Government (3)
  • PSY 2012 – General Psychology (3)
  • SYG 1000 – Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • Optional Social Science AMH 2010 – History of the United States to 1876 (3)
  • AMH 2030 – Contemporary US History (3)
  • DEP 2004 – Human Growth & Development (3)
  • ECO 2023 – Microeconomics (3)
  • POS 1001 – Introduction to Political Science (3)
  • WOH 1012 – World History I (3)
  • WOH 1022 – World History II (3)
Area VI: Additional General Education Credits Requirements (6 credit hours)

Six (6) Credits from any of the above General Education Core or Optional courses

95 Area VII: Elective Requirements (18–19 credit hours)

This requirement may be met by selecting courses listed in the course description section of catalog. Do not choose courses that are not ordinarily counted in the AA degree. It is recommended that students select electives appropriate to their intended major.

Other Degree Requirements

Area VIII: Computer Competency* (3 credit hours)
  • CGS 1000 – Introduction to Computer Science (3)
  • CGS 1010 – Computer Applications in Education (3)
  • CGS 1100 – Introduction to Computer Applications (3)
  • COP 1220C – C Programming (3)
  • COP 1332 – Visual Basic (4)
  • COP 2221 – Intermediate Programming in C (3)
  • COP 2334C – Object Oriented Programming in C++ (3)
  • COT 2003 – Foundations of Computer Science (4)
  • EME 2040C – Technology in Education (3)
  • LIS 2004 – Introduction to Internet Research (1)

*Students may test out of Computer Competency by passing appropriate approved competency assessment.

Area IX: College Success Competency (2–3 credit hours)
  • SLS 1101 – Preparing for Student Success (3)
  • SLS 1261 – Student Leadership (2)
  • SLS 1106 – First Year Experience Orientation (2)
  • Other SLS College Credit Courses

Total Credits Required: 60 

University Transfer Planning

What is an articulation agreement and what does it have to do with you?

As a student of The College of the Florida Keys, you have options as to where you would like to continue your academic career. The State of Florida already has an articulation agreement between community colleges and the twelve state universities (6A-10.024). This agreement states that any student who graduates with an A.A. Degree will be accepted to one of the twelve state universities. However, the articulation agreement does not guarantee that a student will be immediately accepted into the major of his/her choice within that university. In addition, the agreement guarantees acceptance into one of the state universities, but not necessarily the student’s first choice.
 
In addition to the agreement within the State University System, Florida Keys Community College is partnering with many other institutions to expand student options for seamless transition. Articulation agreements are designed for students to transfer to a particular public or private university as a junior to complete a four-year bachelor degree in a specific major.
 
This site will give you information about all of The College of the Florida Keys’ articulation agreements with other institutions.
 
If you have specific questions regarding these agreements, please contact Brittany Snyder, D.M, Vice President of Academic Affairs.
 
CFK Degrees
Articulation Agreements & Degrees
College/University List
Associate in Science: Nursing

Agreement

RN-BSN

RN-MSN

Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

www.ajcunet.edu

Associate in Arts

Associate in Science: Nursing

Associate in Applies Science: Business Administration

Agreement

BS: Business Specializations

BS: Public Administration

BS: Information Technology Specializations

BS: Public Safety Specializations

BS: Nursing 

BS: Psychology

Capella University

www.capella.edu

Associate in Arts

Associate in Science

Associate in Science: Hospitality & Tourism

Agreement

BA

BS

Florida International University

www.fiu.edu

Associate in Arts

Associate in Science: Nursing

Associate in Applied Science or Specialized Associate Degree

Agreement

Baccalaureate degree programs

Kaplan University

www.kaplanuniversity.edu

Associate in Arts

Agreement

Baccalaureate degree programs

Keiser University

www.keiseruniversity.edu

Associate in Science: Environmental Studies

Agreement

Baccalaureate degree program of Environmental Science

St. Leo University

www.saintleo.edu

Associate in Arts: Studio/Fine Arts

Agreement

BA-Visual Communication with a concentration in Advertising Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography or Sequential Art
 
Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media with a concentration in interactive design or game development

Savannah College of Art and Design

www.scad.edu

Associate in Arts

Agreement

Baccalaureate degree programs

Strayer University

www.strayer.edu

Associate in Arts

Associate in Science

Agreement

Baccalaureate degree programs

University of Maryland Global

www.umgc.edu

Associate in Science: Nursing

Agreement

BSN

University of Miami

www.miami.edu

Associate in Arts

Associate in Science

Agreement

Baccalaureate degree programs

Click to learn more

University of Central Florida

www.ucf.edu

Associate degree programs

Agreement

Baccalaureate degree programs

Click to learn more

Western Governors University

wgu.edu