Field of Study Curricula
Through the careful selection of elective courses, students may use the Associate of Science degree as preparation for several fields leading to a baccalaureate degree in other four-year institutions. Associate degrees do not offer a sufficient number of hours of concentration in academic disciplines to allow the designation of a major; however, elective hours in the associate’s degree program should be selected to fit into the student’s plan for declaring a major when transferring to another four-year institution.
Field of Study curricula have been approved in nine program areas: Business, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Engineering, Engineering Technology, Mexican-American Studies, Music, and Nursing. All public four-year institutions of higher education in Texas are required to accept approved Field of Study courses in fulfillment of lower division requirements for bachelor’s degrees. Receiving institutions may not require incoming transfer students to repeat courses with the same content as Field of Study courses.
Students should carefully study the baccalaureate degree requirements of colleges to which they are considering transfer and arrange their programs of work on the basis of this study. Field of Study curricula should also be considered if a student is considering majoring in one of these fields at a transfer institution.
The following is a list of approved Field of Study courses offered by Brazosport College in bachelor’s program areas in which the Associate of Science (AS) degree may provide the more suitable preparation:
Choosing Your Field of Study
Brazosport College counselors are prepared to assist students in reviewing the requirements of other colleges and universities and guiding students in the selection of courses that make best use of core curriculum, Field of Study curricula, and elective courses. Careful selection of courses will assure the maximum number of transfer credits toward the bachelor’s degree.
In some instances, students may achieve more transfer credits by concentrating on a Field of Study curriculum. A counselor’s guidance can be especially helpful if students are trying to decide between an associate degree and maximum transfer of credit since the requirements vary at different colleges and universities.
For more information, call the Brazosport College Counseling Office at 979-230-3040.