Arts and Sciences Overview
Welcome to the Arts & Sciences Family!
We understand you have many options for pursuing your education so we are excited that you decided to enroll in a program offered by A-B Tech’s Division of Arts & Sciences. Dedicated to your success, we strive to give you a quality educational experience. Our outstanding faculty have experience in neurosurgery, cancer research, military public relations, and the film and television industry. Published authors, working artists, and Fulbright Scholars teach our courses. Our students have opportunities to work with NASA, travel to exciting locations abroad, participate in the international award winning Alpha Upsilon Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, show their work in the Student Art Show, participate in Pi Day activities with the Mathematics department, and attend talks about math and science through the STEM Fridays lecture series. From foreign languages to martial arts, physical fitness to physics, we have something for you.
The Division of Arts & Sciences: Changing lives and strengthening communities.
Transfer Degrees Offered
The North Carolina Community College System develops curriculum standards that determine what courses satisfy the requirements of each of the following transfer degrees. For pathways designed for specific majors at specific universities, please see Pathways Project information below.
- Associate in Arts
- Associate in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering Pathway)
- Associate in Engineering (Electrical Engineering Pathway)
- Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Arts
- Associate in Science
Career and Technical Degrees Offered
- Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
- Associate of Applied Science in Health & Fitness Science
Pathways Project for the Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees
Starting in Fall 2016, the Division of Arts & Sciences is launching the Pathways Project. Based on research by the American Association of Community Colleges, the Teachers College at Columbia University, and by the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement, the Pathways Project is designed to eliminate guesswork by listing specific courses that will prepare students for their chosen major at area universities. Our goal is help students save time by earning their Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in two to three years. By completing the degree quickly, students will save money and use less of their financial aid.
Students will be assigned to one of six common first semesters that includes ACA 122 College Transfer Success, ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry, and the Math course that is appropriate for your discipline. You will also take courses related to your area of interest. In ACA 122 College Transfer Success, you will be asked to commit to a Pathway that will determine what courses you will take for the remainder of your time at A-B Tech. Developed by our faculty, the Pathways are based on requirements at regional universities, follow guidelines from the North Carolina Comprehensive Articulation Agreement, and provide a well rounded General Education component. Currently, there are 23 pathways to choose from:
- Biology Pathway
- Business & Accounting Pathway
- Chemistry Pathway
- Communication Pathway
- Creative Arts Pathway to UNC-A
- Education Pathway to Appalachian State University or Western Carolina University
- English Pathway
- History Pathway
- Mathematics Pathway
- Music Pathway
- Philosophy Pathway
- Political Science Pathway
- Psychology Pathway
- Sociology Pathway
- Spanish/French Pathway
- AA General
- AS General
Pathways for Other Degrees Offered by Arts & Sciences
Pathways are also available for the following degrees:
- Associate in Applied Science Early Childhood Education
- Associate in Applied Science Health & Fitness Science
- Associate in Engineering-Mechanical
- Associate in Engineering-Electrical
- Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Art: Graphic Design
- Associate in Fine Arts in Visual Art: Studio Art
- Associate in Fine Arts in Music
New students starting in Fall 2016 will be assigned a First Semester Advisor during the Transfer Student Orientation Session. Students will be assigned their permanent faculty advisor while enrolled in ACA 122 College Success.
Comprehensive Articulation Agreement
As part of the 2014 Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA) between the North Carolina Community College System and the University of North Carolina System, we have developed new Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees that are designed to better serve our students by:
- Reducing the number of hours necessary to graduate
- Ensuring transfer of courses to University of North Carolina system colleges
- Providing a Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)
A similar agreement exists for the Associate of Engineering and one is being developed for the Associate of Fine Arts.