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Degrees/Certificates

Moraine Valley grants five associate's degrees and various occupational certificates.

The Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Arts in Teaching, and Associate in Fine Arts degrees are designed for students who wish to transfer to a bachelor's degree program at a four-year college or university.

The Associate in Applied Science degree and occupational certificates are designed for students who desire immediate employment upon program completion.


Transfer Programs

The Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.), and Associate in Fine Arts (A.F.A.) degrees are transfer programs which provide an opportunity for students to complete the first two years of study leading to a bachelor's degree. By selecting the proper courses, students may transfer as juniors without loss of time or credit. Students wishing to complete a transfer program should consult with an academic advisor to plan a program that will meet individual student needs.

Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.)
Programs are for students who plan to major in liberal arts disciplines such as education, English, foreign language, geography, history, law, music, philosophy, physical education, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, and speech. The transfer program consists of 62 credit hours: 38 credit hours of general education and 24 credit hours of additional degree requirements/electives.

Associate in Science Degree (A.S.)
Programs are for students who plan to major in science disciplines such as biology, chemistry, chiropractic and osteopathy, dentistry, engineering, geology, mathematics, medicine, medical technology, naprapathy, nursing, pharmacy, occupational and physical therapy, physics, and veterinary medicine. It is also for transfer business majors such as accounting, business administration, finance, human resources, marketing, and management. The transfer program consists of 62 credit hours: 38 credit hours of general education and 24 credit hours of additional degree requirements/electives.

Associate in Fine Arts Degree (A.F.A.)
Programs are for the unique needs of students who plan to major in music, art or art education. Typically, the baccalaureate degree for art and art education majors requires students to complete a sequential list of courses in the major during their freshman and sophomore years, and will require that students complete additional general education at the transfer institution. Consequently, these students' needs are not addressed by the A.A. and A.S. degrees. The A.F.A. transfer program consists of 62 credit hours for art and art education, and 64 credit hours for music. For students selecting the art specialization, the student will take 38 credit hours of general education, 15 credit hours of required courses, and 9 credit hours of electives. For students selecting the art education specialization, the student will take 41 credit hours of general education, 15 credit hours of required courses, and 6 credit hours of electives. For students selecting the music specialization, the student will take 29 credit hours of general education and 35 credit hours of required music for a total of 64 program credit hours.

Associate in Arts in Teaching Degree (A.A.T.)
Programs are for students who plan to major in specific areas of teacher education. Moraine Valley offers an A.A.T. for students planning to major in secondary mathematics.

Illinois Articulation Initiative
Moraine Valley Community College is a participant in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), a statewide agreement that allows transfer of the completed Illinois transferable General Education Core Curriculum between participating colleges and universities. Completion of the General Education Core Curriculum assures transferring students that lower-division general education requirements for an associate's or bachelor's degree have been satisfied. Contact the Academic Advising Center for additional information and read about the IAI on the web.

Transfer Majors
Art A.A.—
Courses required in the first two years of an art degree.

Art A.F.A.—Courses required in the first two years of an art degree.

Art Education A.A.—Courses required in the first two years of an art education degree.

Art Education A.F.A.—Courses required in the first two years of an art education degree.

Biological Sciences—The study of living organisms and biology.

Business A.S.—For students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in the areas of accounting, finance, management, or marketing.

Chemistry A.S.—This program provides an in-depth foundation of sequential coursework in science and math, preparing students for third and fourth year studies in the baccalaureate program.

Clinical Lab Science A.S.—Foundation courses required in the first two years of a clinical lab science degree.

Computer Science (Information Systems Emphasis) A.S.—Focuses on the use of computer technology and information management methods to solve business problems.

Computer Science (Technical Emphasis) A.S.—Focuses on algorithms, theoretical foundations of computer science and development of software.

Criminal Justice A.A.—For student pursuing baccalaureate degrees in the fields of corrections, criminal justice, law enforcement, and Police management.

Early Childhood Education A.A.—To teach young children (birth to age 8) in Illinois public schools. Teachers must be certified by the State of Illinois upon completion of their baccalaureate degree program.

Elementary Education A.A.—To teach young children (grades K-9) in Illinois public schools. Teachers must be certified by the State of Illinois upon completion of a four-year degree.

English A.A.—Foundation courses required in the first two years of an English degree, exposing students to various forms of literature, including poetry, fiction and more.

Engineering A.S.—Focus is on the application of scientific principles to practical problems.

History A.A.—Basic courses required in the first two years of a history degree.

Manufacturing Technology/Machining A.S.—Specializes in the application of manufacturing concepts, principles and processes to plan, design and manage machines and people.

Mass Communication A.A.—Encompasses four major program areas: radio/TV/film, advertising/public relations, journalism/ news editorial/photojournalism, and mass communication (integrated).

Mathematics A.S.—Develops rigorous, logical thinking; an appreciation and familiarity with complex structures and algorithms; and the ability to learn technical materials and abstract concepts.

Music A.A.—Offers a broad background in music theory, literature, keyboarding skills, aural skills, ensemble performance, and applied music instruction.

Music Education A.A.—A broad background in music theory, literature, keyboarding skills, aural skills, ensemble performance and applied music instruction is provided

Nursing A.S.—R.N.s become licensed upon passing the state licensure exam and completion of a four-year degree. They may supervise, teach and delegate responsibilities; deliver direct patient care; prepare patients for surgery; establish patient care plans; and more.

Political Science A.A.—Study the theory and practice of government and politics.

Psychology A.A—Scientific study of human and animal behavior, along with the biological and mental processes which underlie behavior.

Secondary Education A.A.—To teach in an Illinois public school (grades 6-12), teachers must be certified by the State of Illinois upon completion of a four-year degree.

Secondary Mathematics A.A.T.—Courses required in the first two years of a Secondary Education Mathematics degree.

Social Work A.A.—Social work is devoted to helping people function optimally in their environment by providing direct and indirect services to individuals, families, groups and communities.

Sociology A.A.—Basic courses required in the first two years of a Sociology degree.

Special Education A.A.—To teach in Illinois public schools, individuals must be certified by the state of Illinois after completion of a four-year degree.

Speech Communication A.A.—Basic courses required in the first two years of a speech communication degree.

Theater Arts A.A.—Basic courses required in the first two years of a theater arts degree.

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