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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does a student decide between an AA degree and AS degree program?
The Associate in Arts (AA) is a two-year degree with an emphasis on courses
such as English, humanities, history, sociology and psychology. The Associate
in Science (AS) is a two year degree with an emphasis on courses such as
biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. The AA degree is designed for
liberal arts majors – Bachelor of Arts degree and the AS degree is designed for
science and mathematic majors – Bachelor of Science degree.

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2. What is the General Education Core?
The GenEd core is 44 semester hour courses that demonstrate general
intellectual skills, such as critical thinking, writing, speaking and listening,
problem solving, quantitative reasoning or analysis and information competency.

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3. Can I take classes at RCC while still in high school?
Yes. There are (3) ways high school students can take community college
courses for free! Dual Enrollment, Huskins Classes, Learn and Earn Online.

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4. When can I transfer?
You can transfer whenever a four year institution grants admittance. This will
vary depending on the program you desire, the school of your choice, the
courses you have selected and the grades you have earned at RCC. RCC
recommends you stay at RCC long enough to complete the 44 semester hour
general education core. Ideally, we would prefer you to earn your AA or AS.
Upon completion of the 64 or 65 credit hours of the AA or AS degree and
upon acceptance.

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5. What grade must I have to transfer a course?
You must earn a 77/C for a course to transfer.

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6. What is a prerequisite?
Completed course or courses a student must complete prior to enrolling and
taking a class. For example, ENG 111 has a prerequisite of ENG 090/090A and
RED 090 or appropriate placement exam scores; MAT 171/171A has a
prerequisite of MAT 080 or appropriate placement exam or SAT score.

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7. What is a Corequisite?
Two or more classes that may be taken simultaneously. For example, a student may
enroll in ENG 131 while being enrolled in ENG 114.

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8. What are developmental courses?
Based upon your placement exam scores, you may have to take remedial
courses in mathematics, English and reading. Although these courses lengthen
your program of student, they assure College Transfer preparedness in your
college transfer courses.

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