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Dutchess Community College is authorized by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York to award the following degrees and certificates:
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS (A.A.)
Programs that lead to this degree are designed for those students who plan to receive a baccalaureate degree from a senior college or university. The A.A. degree may be completed in two years and consists primarily of courses in the liberal arts and sciences, special liberal arts and science courses related to the student's major field of interest, and electives.
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE (A.S.)
These programs are designed primarily to prepare students to continue their education for the baccalaureate degree in scientific or professionally related programs at a senior college or university. The A.S. degree may be completed in two years and consists of a core of liberal arts and science courses, additional required special courses related to the student's field of interest, and electives.
ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE (A.A.S.)
These programs may be completed in two years and prepare their graduates for immediate employment in specific occupations or careers. Many graduates, however, do transfer some or all of their credits toward more advanced study at a senior college or university. The A.A.S. degree consists of a basic core of liberal arts and science courses, special courses related to a specific career area, and electives.
DCC offers two types of credit certificate programs: an Academic Certificate and an Applied Academic Certificate.
The Academic Certificate includes career-oriented courses and at least nine credits of liberal arts courses.
The Applied Academic Certificate includes career-oriented or technical courses and at least one liberal arts course, ENG 101. Certificates may be of varying length. However, it is expected that the majority of certificate programs can be completed in one calendar year. Courses in certificate programs are applicable to associate degree programs at DCC.
Each semester, the College offers numerous online courses in a variety of disciplines. In online courses, communication with the professor and the other students occurs electronically and assignments, papers and tests are done from your computer. The quality of teaching and expectations for learning are the same whether the course is taken online or on-campus. Students should be aware that success in online learning requires organization, self-discipline and good time management skills. DCC’s online courses are offered through OpenSUNY.
Students registering for an online course should review the “Are You Ready?” information and complete the self-assessment that is posted on the OpenSUNY site at http://open.suny.edu. All continuing students enrolling in online courses must have a cumulative grade point average (CPA) of 2.5 or higher. All full-time students must have successfully completed 12 credits before enrolling in an online course.