Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Parks, Nancy W.

Director of Assessment, Advising & Testing
Associate Professor of Academic Studies
304-367-4990
245 Hardway Hall
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
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Program Purpose: 

The Board of Governors A.A.S. Degree is a degree program designed to help adults achieve their personal and or professional goals and complete a college degree without committing to a specific academic major.  This degree program is open to any student who has graduated from high school two or more years prior; students who earned GEDs are welcome to enroll if their assigned graduating class has been out of high school two years or more.

The BOG degree requires the successful completion of 21 required hours across a common “core” and 39 credit hours of general electives.  Students completing 15 or more credits in a particular technical or occupational focus will have an “area of emphasis” noted on their academic transcript upon graduation.

The BOG degree can be earned by combining any of the following:  previously earned college credits; enrollment in traditional or on-line courses; military credits; credits earned through “challenge” exams or test-outs; credits awarded through CLEP tests; credits awarded through professional certifications that have been approved through the State BOG/RBA program;  and credits that may be awarded through the official documentation and assessment of prior learning experiences through a portfolio submission.  (See Notes)

Students in the BOG degree program receive highly personalized advising and the benefit of automatic “academic forgiveness” of all Fs earned four or more years prior to enrollment in the program, thus raising the final GPA upon graduation.

Furthermore, the BOG program at Pierpont Community & Technical College welcomes students who have completed all required 60 credits at other colleges and universities but who are unable, for whatever reason, to complete those particular four-year programs.  No additional coursework will be required through Pierpont.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the Board of Governors A.A.S. degree, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate successful completion of those student learning outcomes detailed in their core courses and general electives.
Opportunities: 

Students graduating with a Board of Governors A.A.S. degree may choose to apply all hours of that degree to WV Regents Bachelors of Arts (RBA) degree program at Fairmont State University (or other WV Bachelor-degree granting colleges or universities). Students may also use the BOG A.A.S. in their employment search for any position with the minimum expectation of the candidate having completed at least two years of college-level coursework or of having earned an Associate degree.

Notice to Students: 
Students seeking college credit for certifications/licenses/ training must meet with the Program Coordinator and provide official copies of certifications/licenses/training to determine whether such credentials carry credits approved by the State Board of Governors Degree Program.  If so, those credits are recorded on the student's transcript at no additional charge.
 
Students may also request college credits for general electives (not core requirements) through the "Prior Learning Assessment" (PLA) process if they believe they have significant life experiences that address the student learning outcomes of a particular course(s.)  The student will work with the BOG coordinator to determine what particular courses at Pierpont (or other WV community and technical colleges) might exist that match their experiences.  The BOG coordinator will facilitate meetings between the student and the teaching faculty in those areas to determine what sorts of "work product" must be submitted to verify that the student does indeed meet those student learning outcome expectations OR if a comprehensive "test out" is offered in that course.  Students who wish to document such learning will do the following:
  • complete a 1-credit hour Portfolio Development course;
  • pay a non-refundable evaluation fee of $300 which covers ALL credits requested; thus, a student may appeal for credits for one course or several for the same $300 fee;
  • pay a $10 per credit hour transcription fee for each credit hour granted through the process;
  • understand that there is no guarantee that the number of credits requested will be granted;
  • understand that credits granted through the portfolio or PLA process will not carry letter grades that will affect GPA;
  • understand that other Associate and Bachelor degree programs are under no obligation to accept credits based on portfolio submissions; and
  • understand that financial aid does not cover the costs associated with a portfolio submission.

The West Virginia Council for Community & Technical College Education requires that at least 12 credit hours of the degree be completed at a regionally accredited higher education institution.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
60 CHs
Support Coursework: 
21 CHs

BOGV COMM

BOG Communication Coursework
3
CH(s)

BOGV COMM

BOG Communication Coursework
3
CH(s)

BOGV MASC

BOG Mathematics/Science Coursework
3
CH(s)

BOGV MASC

BOG Mathematics/Science Coursework
3
CH(s)

BOGV SOCS

BOG Social Sciences Coursework
3
CH(s)

BOGV SOCS

BOG Social Sciences Coursework
3
CH(s)

BOGV COMP

BOG Computer Literacy Coursework
3
CH(s)

Course options for completion of general education core include the following:

COMMUNICATIONS:  ENGL 1104 AND ON OF THE FOLLOWING: ENGL 1108, 1109; COMM 2200, 2201, 2202
MATHEMATICS AND/OR SCIENCES:  MTH 1207, 1212; (Most college level math classes can count for this requirement. Please check with program coordinator) SCIE 1100, 1103, 1105, 1115, 1120; CHEM 1101, 1105; PHYS 1101; GEOL 1101
COMPUTER LITERACY: INFO 1100 OR TEST OUT
SOCIAL SCIENCES: 
ECON 2200, 2201; GEOG 2210; HIST 1107, 1108, 2211, 2212, 2213; POLI 1103; PSYC 1101; SOCY 1110,  

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
39 CHs

BOGV ELEC

BOG Elective Coursework
39
CH(s)
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