College Transfer Frequently Asked Questions
College Transfer ProgramsAssociate in Arts
Associate in Arts - Pre-Business Administration
Associate in Fine Arts - Art
Associate in Fine Arts - Music
Associate in Science
Associate in Science - Biology and Biology Education
Associate in Science - Pre-Engineering
Frequently Asked Questions
Transfer to a 4-year College
UNC System Minimum Admission Requirements
- What is the difference between an Associate in Arts and an Associate in Science degree?
- The required and elective general education courses are the same for the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science degrees. The unique feature of the Associate in Science degree is that the fifteen hours of free electives must be math and science courses. The fifteen hours of free electives in the Associate in Arts degree are not restricted as to subject area. Any college transfer course not taken to satisfy the general education requirement can be used as a free elective.
- Should I enroll in the Associate in Arts degree program or the Associate in Science degree program?
- That depends on your academic strengths, interests, and expected major after transferring from Johnston Community College. If you excel in math and science and plan to major in an area that is math and science oriented, you should elect the Associate in Science degree. If your planned major is not math and science oriented, you should elect the Associate in Arts degree.
- What are the advantages in earning an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree rather than transferring prior to earning an associate degree?
- If you earn an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree at Johnston Community College prior to transferring to a college or university in the University of North Carolina system, you will enter as a junior. If you do not complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree prior to transferring, your course work will be evaluated on a course by course basis.
- How can I be sure that I am taking the courses at Johnston Community College that I will need for my four year degree program?
- Some colleges and universities have special requirements for some of their degree programs. If you have decided where you plan to transfer, contact or visit the admissions office and request information on the degree program you are interested in. This information can be used in planning your course work at Johnston Community College. When in doubt about specific courses always consult the college to which you are planning to transfer.
- How long will it take to complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree?
- Enrolled as a full-time student taking the recommended course load each semester an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree can be completed in four semesters.
- Can I complete an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree program at night?
- Yes. An Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree can be completed on a part-time basis at night. To complete either of the degrees at night will require a minimum of six semesters.
- What are developmental courses?
- Developmental courses are offered to provide students an opportunity to remove academic deficiencies as identified by placement testing. For additional information on developmental courses, click on the developmental studies link.
- Am I allowed to take courses that are not in my degree program?
- Yes. Courses that are not in your degree program will not count toward your degree. However, courses not in your degree program may be taken for personal enrichment or for skill development.