College Programs of Study
St. Clair County Community College provides a solid educational foundation to help students pursue career goals in any field.
There are many ways to earn college credit at SC4. Students may choose to obtain transfer credit toward a four-year degree, earn an associate degree in a career-related area, or obtain a certificate that can be applied toward a degree program while preparing for employment.
Whatever students choose to study, they are urged to plan their program with an SC4 advisor. Programs of study fall into two major categories − transfer and career.
Transfer programs are designed to prepare students who plan to transfer to four-year colleges and universities after completing their coursework at SC4.
Programs designed for transfer toward bachelor’s degrees are:
- Associate in Arts: intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a program in a non-STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field.
- Associate in Science: intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a program in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field.
- Associate in Business (transfer): intended for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university and pursue a program in a business-related field, such as finance, accounting, marketing or management.
These programs prepare students for direct entrance into business or industry without having to continue on to other institutions of higher education. The sequence of classes listed under each program is a suggestion only and is subject to change without prior written notice.
They are designed to prepare students for entry into a specific job-related field, for advancement in a current job, or for making a career change. Many career courses and programs will transfer to other colleges and universities. See an SC4 advisor for additional information on articulation and transfer agreements.
- Associate in Applied Arts and Science − occupational two-year degrees
- Certificates − occupational one-year programs
- Skill Sets - occupation concentrations
Many students come to college undecided about their future career. These students often begin by pursuing a program of study designed to earn basic credits, allowing them to make progress while they explore their options with career guidance experts at the college. A general education degree may be an option for students who have accumulated credits from multiple colleges and universities; see an SC4 advisor for information.
- Associate in General Education
General Education Competencies and Assessment
St. Clair County Community College believes that through exposure to our general education competencies, students acquire knowledge that can apply to many situations and areas, expanding their appreciation and capacity to respond to a variety of perspectives and situations. Learning is a developmental process wherein we build and apply knowledge and showcase skills. Ultimately, we want students to show their knowledge and skill at the start of the course and see improvement as they progress through the course.
A college education implies, in part, the attainment of knowledge and skills in broad areas such as quantitative reasoning, communication, civic responsibility, and information literacy. This general education is included in every program, empowering our students to be productive citizens, successful employees, and lifelong learners.
At St. Clair County Community College General Education competencies are intertwined within every associate degree program. This ensures that no matter which degree a student completes, exposure to all four general education competencies is achieved.
Quantitative Reasoning (QR) is the ability to understand and manipulate numerical representations of data.
- Interpret quantitative information such as using graphs.
- Perform basic calculations in the context of the subject matter.
- Apply number sense to evaluate conclusions.
Civic Responsibility (CR) is understanding the political, economic, social, and global influences on society and our contribution to society.
- Demonstrate civic and social awareness, knowledge, and responsibility at the local, national, and global scale.
- Demonstrate an understanding of personal responsibility in one’s civic and social life, including support for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Demonstrate an understanding of global awareness through a knowledge of international political, economic, social, and environmental factors.
Information Literacy (IL) is the ability to find and use information and evaluate its reliability.
- Demonstrate technological competence to obtain information from data.
- Demonstrate how and where to search for reliable information.
- Demonstrate how to form conclusions based on reliable information.
Communication (CM) is the ability to exchange information and ideas using various methods of delivery, such as writing and speaking.
- Select, develop, arrange, revise, and present ideas effectively.
- Employ and document credible sources of information.
- Use diction, grammar, and sentence structure appropriate to audience and occasion.
Requirements for Graduation
Students must satisfy the following criteria to be granted a skill set from SC4:
- Complete the specific skill set program requirements as listed in this catalog.
- Complete skill set with a minimum GPA of 2.000 or above.
- Complete a minimum of 5 credits at SC4.
Students must satisfy the following criteria to be granted a certificate from SC4:
1.Complete the specific certificate program requirements as listed in this catalog.
2.Complete a minimum of 30 credit hours 100-level or higher (credit hour requirements vary by program) with a GPA of 2.000 or above.
3. Complete a minimum of 10 credits at SC4 or through the Michigan Colleges Online (MCO).
NOTE: Classes with a designation of less than 100 (e.g. MTH 075) cannot be used for graduation credit. These classes may not transfer to other colleges and universities.
Students must satisfy the following criteria to be granted an associate degree from SC4:
- Complete the specific associate degree program requirements as listed in this catalog.
- Complete a minimum of 62 credit hours 100-level or higher (credit hour requirements vary by program) with a GPA of 2.000 or above.
- Complete a minimum of 18 credits at SC4 or through Michigan Colleges Online (MCO).
NOTE: Classes with a designation of less than 100 (e.g. MTH 075 ) cannot be used for graduation credit. These classes may not transfer to other colleges and universities.