Specific Requirements

Associate of Arts, Associate of Science Degrees

In order to receive the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, a student must meet the following specific degree requirements:

  1. Complete one of the regular degree plans as listed in the catalog and approved by the appropriate Divisional Dean.
  2. Candidates for graduation must complete a minimum of 62 semester hours of college credit.
  3. Candidates for graduation must complete at least two semester hours of non-repeated physical education activity courses unless specifically excused from this requirement by the Dean of Instruction.
  4. Candidates for graduation must complete at least 25 percent (minimum 16 semester hours) of work in residence at South Plains College.
  5. Any student who completes 42 semester hours of college-level credit, has at least 25 percent of degree requirements (minimum 16 semester hours) in residence at South Plains College, and lacks only 12 semester hours or less to meet the total semester hours required for graduation may accomplish the remaining semester hours in another accredited college. The student may then transfer those semester hours back to South Plains College for completion of graduation requirements. College-level credits from regionally accredited colleges and universities are accepted in transfer, but only those courses with a recorded passing grade are acceptable toward fulfillment of graduation requirements at South Plains College.
  6. A candidate for any degree must meet the requirements as set forth in the catalog for the year of first enrollment, as long as enrollment is continuous, unless he or she elects to graduate under the requirements of the current catalog. To qualify for a second degree, a student must fulfill the residence requirements (16 semester hours) for the second degree and apply for graduation.

Associate of Applied Arts and Associate of Applied Science Degrees

In order to receive the Associate of Applied Arts or Associate of Applied Science degree, technical students must meet the following specific degree requirements:

  1. Candidates for graduation must complete all prescribed entrance requirements for their major program of study.
  2. Candidates for graduation must satisfactorily complete the specified course of study for the declared major. Candidates for the Associate of Applied Arts and Associate of Applied Science degrees must complete a minimum of 60 semester hours or up to a maximum of 72 semester hours unless the maximum is exceeded as a result of particular program outcomes and/or specialized accreditation or licensure.
  3. Candidates for graduation must have completed at least 25 percent of required course work (minimum of 15-18 semester hours of college-level credit) at South Plains College.
  4. To qualify for a second degree, a student must fulfill the residence requirements (25 percent of the required course work, usually 16-18 semester hours of college-level credit) for the second degree and apply for graduation.

Certificate of Proficiency, Advanced Technical Certificate and Enhanced Skills Certificate

In order to be eligible for the Certificate of Proficiency, Advanced Technical Certificate or Tech Prep Enhanced Skills Certificate, technical students must meet the following specific certificate requirements:

  1. Candidates for graduation must complete all prescribed entrance requirements for their major program of study.
  2. Candidates for graduation must satisfactorily complete the course of study for the declared major in accordance with the following:
    a. Candidates for the Certificate of Proficiency must complete the prescribed number of semester hours up to a maximum of 59 semester hours.
    b. Candidates for the Advanced Technical Certificate must complete the prescribed number of hours in addition to completing all requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree.
    c. Candidates for the Tech Prep Enhanced Skills Certificate must complete the prescribed number of hours up to a maximum of 12 semester hours in addition to completing all requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree.
  3. Candidates for graduation must have completed at least 25 percent of required course work at South Plains College.
  4. To quality for a second certificate, a student must fulfill the residence requirements for the second certificate and apply for graduation.

 


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