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General Occupational Technology

Curriculum Description

The General Occupational Technology curriculum provides individuals with an opportunity to upgrade skills and to earn an associate degree, diploma and/or certificate by taking courses suited for individual occupational interests and/or needs.

The curriculum content will be customized for students according to occupational interests and needs. A program of study for each student will be selected from any non-developmental level courses offered by the College.

Graduates will become more effective workers, better qualified for advancements within their field of employment, and become qualified for a wide range of entry-level employment opportunities.

Associate in Applied Science

NC CIP: 24.0102
Day and Evening
POS Approved: Fall 2017

A.A.S. Requirements

Minimum General Education Hours 15 *
Minimum Major Courses 49 **
Other Required Hours

0-7 ***

Total Semester Hours: 64-76


* General Education

Humanities/Fine Arts 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Natural Sciences/Mathematics 3
Communications (3 hours must be ENG 111) 6
Total 15

Degree programs must contain a minimum of 15 credit hours including at least one course from each of the following areas: humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics.

Degree programs must contain a minimum of 6 credit hours of communications. Diploma programs must contain a minimum of 6 credit hours of general education; 3 credit hours must be in communications. General education is optional in certificate programs.

** Major Courses
Total Minimum Major Hours Required:  49

Hours are to be selected from approved programs of study in the areas of Core, Core-Subject Areas, Other Major Courses, Other Major Courses-Subject Areas, and/or Other Required Hours.

AAS, diploma and certificate programs must include courses which offer specific job knowledge and skills. Work experience, including work-based learning, practicums and internships may be included in a degree or diploma program up to a maximum of 8 credit hours, and in a certificate program up to a maximum of 2 credit hours.

The subject/course core is comprised of subject areas and/or specific courses which are required for each curriculum program.

Concentration (if applicable)
A concentration of study must include a minimum of 12 credit hours from required subjects and/or courses. The majority of the course credit hours are unique to the concentration. The required subjects and/or courses that make up the concentration of study are in addition to the required subject/course core.

Other Major Courses
Prefixes for Major Courses for curriculums approved to be offered by the College. Other major hours must be selected from prefixes listed on the curriculum standard. A maximum of 9 credit hours may be selected from any prefix listed, with the exception of prefixes listed in the core or concentration. Work experience, including work-based learning, practicums and internships may be included in associate of applied science degree programs up to a maximum of 8 credit hours.

*** Other Required Hours

A college may require other subjects or courses to complete graduation requirements. These requirements may include electives, orientation, study skills courses or other graduation requirements.


A.A.S. State Standard Requirements 49 SHC
A. Core  
  Required courses none
  Required Subject Areas none 
B. Concentration (if applicable)  
  Required courses none
C. Other Major Courses  
  To be selected from the following prefixes: Prefixes for Major
Courses for programs approved to be offered by the college.