The Associate of Individualized Study (AIS) is a degree for students wishing to choose an area of concentration that is not offered by another degree awarded by the college. The AIS degree is appropriate for those students who may have earned credit hours in a variety of programs, possibly at multiple institutions, because of changing job opportunities, personal need or desire, or other circumstances. The degree combines the existing educational disciplines at the college with a student’s educational history, college credits, and experience to create an area of concentration that best serves the need of the student, especially in connection with career or job objectives.
Unlike other majors at the college, this degree is personalized. Before students pursue this degree, they must have completed an application for the AIS degree, have their proposed curriculum approved by a team made up of three faculty members, and have the final permission of the department dean. For more information about the Associate of Individualized Study degree, contact the department dean.
The AIS Degree program is designed by and for the student. The degree is built on the student’s unique educational objectives. This AIS Degree is ideal for students who have a variety of college level courses but no specific degree or who have attended different colleges so they have multiple transcripts. EGCC advisors will work to combine these credits with EGCC classes to create an individualized degree. Students also may request credit for life experience in place of a course offered at EGCC. This request must be accompanied by a portfolio that clearly demonstrates that the student has achieved at least 70% of the course outcomes for which credit is requested. These credits may be applied to the AIS degree. The procedure for requesting credit for life experience will be explained to the student when he or she makes the request. Taking a class in assembling a portfolio is advised.
A series of steps and a three member advisory committee will be used to ensure the success of a student who is a candidate for the AIS degree.
1. The student will be required to complete an application for admission to the AIS program. This will be reviewed by the dean for business, engineering and information technologies.
2. One person from the college (in most cases a faculty member) must serve as a representative for the student’s concentration area. This will serve as an indication that the applicant has reviewed the proposed program with an appropriate advisory committee member.
3. An appropriate department dean also must sign off on the application form.
Each applicant will have an advisory committee comprised of three people to help ensure that the student is on track with degree requirements.
Upon successful completion of the AIS degree, the graduate will be able to:
Demonstrate skills as original and critical thinkers, readers and writers.
Describe the interaction of history, culture, literature, economics and science as studied within a broad liberal arts curriculum.
Analyze and solve quantitative problems.
Show evidence of breadth and scope of awareness of diverse approaches to knowledge.
The Associate of Science for Biological Sciences Transfer is offered to approximate the first two years of a baccalaureate program in the health or biological sciences or for entrance to a specialized health professional program. This curriculum is designed for students who wish to transfer to a four-year institution to study pre-medical, pre-dental or pre-veterinary medicine; physical or occupational therapy; optometry; biology; or any biological science. This program also is appropriate for any health technology student who wishes to pursue an education beyond the AAS degrees offered by the college.
EGCC’s Transfer Module as approved by the Ohio Board of Regents is integrated into this curriculum to ensure a smooth transfer to upper division programs. As such, this degree is not intended to prepare graduates for specific occupations.
Upon successful completion of the AS (Biological Sciences Transfer) degree, the graduate will be able to:
Demonstrate competency in the science curriculum to fulfill freshmen and sophomore requirements for transfer to most four-year colleges.
Successfully complete the program requirements with a minimum of a 2.5 grade point average.
Ninety-five percent of all students graduating from Eastern Gateway with an Associate of Science Biological Sciences Degree will transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BACCALAUREATE STUDIES
The coursework includes the basic math and science courses that are generally acceptable to the transfer institution. The major emphasis is on completion of general education requirements that are part of the senior institution’s requirements for health and life sciences majors. The curriculum also includes pertinent course work in the humanities and social sciences.
Students enrolling in this transfer program should be aware of the course requirements and applications of transfer credits at the institutions to which they are considering transferring.
Working closely with an academic advisor, a student will be able to tailor a program of study to fit the requirements of the desired transfer institution. It is the student’s responsibility to meet requirements of a program and the needs in regards to transfer.
Information regarding transfer of credits to various colleges and universities is available through the transfer coordinator.
Under an agreement with the Steubenville Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (IBEW-NECA), a graduate of the five-year Inside Apprenticeship program may seek an Associate of Technical Study (Type-B) in Electrical Trades Technology at Eastern Gateway Community College. Under this agreement, an apprenticeship graduate will receive up to 47 credits toward graduation and must complete the following courses (or approved alternates) within the maximum of four years: English Composition I, Technical and Professional Writing, Public Speaking, Technical Algebra, Technical Trigonometry, and College Physics I.
Information and conditions of admission to this program can be obtained by contacting the office of the dean.
Upon successful completion of the degree in electrical trades, the graduate will be able to:
Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills (verbal and written) with coworkers and other technical personnel.
Demonstrate competency in chosen major by verified prior experience and knowledge.
Obtain experience in problem-solving both individually and in group situations.
Demonstrate the ability to understand and apply mathematical concepts.
*Potential student must be a member of the IBEW before starting this degree.