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Associate of General Studies

The Associate of General Studies (AGS) degree is not designed for students seeking to transfer to a four-year institution. It is designed for students who are working and need a degree and specific skills for their current job or a job upgrade. Students should work closely with their advisor to determine the appropriate electives to take for this degree.

Students must have a 2.00 cumulative grade point average or better and must complete at least 15 hours at ASU-Beebe to graduate.  

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Total Program

60 Credit Hours

The fourth digit of the course number indicates the number of credit hours. 

University Requirement - 1 or 3 hours

University Requirement - 1 or 3 hours Department
 The 3-hour credit course is required for students who must take at least one remedial course. Students who are not required to take a remedial course may take the 3-hour credit course. In both situations, the courses (1-hour or 3- hour) count toward electives. 
UNIV 1001 Principles of Academic Success I University
UNIV 1003 Principles of Academic Success III University

General Education Core - 29 hours

Communications - 9 hours

Communications  Department
ENG 1003 Freshman English I English
Communications Department
Choose one course below.
ENG 1013 Freshman English II English
ENG 2033 Technical Writing and Communication English
Communications Department
Choose one course below. 
BSYS 2563 Business Communication Business Systems
SPCH 1203 Oral Communications Speech

Fine Arts/Humanities - 3 hours

Fine Arts/Humanities Department
Choose one course below. 
ART 2503 Fine Arts-Visual Art
MUS 2503 Fine Arts-Musical Music
THEA 2503 Fine Arts-Theatre Theatre
THEA 2513 Fine Arts-Film Theatre
HUM 2003 Introduction to Humanities I: Greece and Rome Humanities
HUM 2013 Introduction to Humanities II: Europe Humanities

Physical Education - 1 hour

Physical Education Department
Choose an activity course from PE. 

Mathematics - 3 hours

Mathematics  Department
MATH 1043 Quantitative Literacy Mathematics
 Students may take a MATH course higher than MATH 1043.

Lab Science - 4 hours

Lab Science Department
Choose one course (with a lab) below.
BIOL 1004 Biology for General Education Biological Science
BIOL 1014 Principles of Biology Biological Science
BIOL 1024 Ecology Biological Science
CHEM 1014 General Chemistry I Chemistry
ESCI 1004 Introduction to Environmental Science Environmental Science
PHSC 1204 Physical Science Physical Science
PHSC 1304 Earth Science Physical Science

U.S. History/Government - 3 hours

U.S. History/Government  Department
Choose one course below.
POSC 2103 Introduction to United States Government Political Science
HIST 2763 The United States to 1876 History
HIST 2773 The United States Since 1876 History

Computer Information Systems - 3 hours

Computer Information Systems Department
Choose one course below.
CIS 1503 Microcomputer Applications I Computer Information Systems
CIS 2453 Microcomputer Applications II Computer Information Systems
CST 1104 Introduction to Computer Hardware/Software Computer Systems and Networking Technology

Directed Electives - 3 hours

Directed Electives Department
Choose one course below. 
ACCT 2003 Principles of Accounting I Accounting
ACCT 2013 Principles of Accounting II Accounting
CIS 1503 Microcomputer Applications I Computer Information Systems
CIS 2453 Microcomputer Applications II Computer Information Systems
ECON 2313 Principles of Macroeconomics Economics
ECON 2323 Principles of Microeconomics Economics
PSY 2013 Introduction to Psychology Psychology
PSY 2533 Life-span Development Psychology
PSY 2553 Sensation and Perception Psychology

Electives - 31 hours

Electives  Department
The 31 hours of electives may be taken from any department. Courses taken as part of the core may not be used as electives. UNIV 1001 Principles of Academic Success I or UNIV 1003 Principles of Academic Success III may be used as an elective even if the student was required to take the course because of remedial requirements, OR if the student elects to take it.


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