The Course Directory is divided into four sections of discrete program offerings:
Section 1 - AGSC Articulation Transfer Disciplines and Academic Support Disciplines;
Section 2 - Occupational/Technical Disciplines;
Section 3 - Health-Related Professions Disciplines;
Section 4 - College Preparatory/Developmental Studies
AGSC stands for the Alabama Articulation and General Studies Committee. The AGSC was created in March of 1994 through State Legislation (ACT 94-202).
The AGSC was created to simplify the transfer of course credit between public institutions of higher education. To accomplish this task, the AGSC has developed and has implemented a statewide general studies and articulation program that facilitates the transferability of coursework among all Alabama public colleges and universities.
The STARS System is a web-based database that allows students, advisors, faculty, and administrators to obtain the most current AGSC approved transfer information.
Code A = AGSC approved transfer courses in Areas I-IV that are common to all institutions.
Code B = Area V courses that are deemed appropriate to the degree and pre-major requirements of individual students.
Code C = Potential Area V transfer courses that are subject to approval by respective receiving institutions.
Note: If a transfer code is not entered for a course it is a Code C by default.
NOTE: To facilitate the development of a statewide transfer/articulation program, the AGSC created the following five areas that outline the minimum general academic content that is covered in the freshman and sophomore years prior to transfer to a four-year institution in Alabama. All the transfer guides (except for Engineering) follow these area guidelines.
AREA I - Written Composition
AREA II - Humanities & Fine Arts
AREA III - Natural Sciences & Mathematics
AREA IV - History, Social, & Behavioral Sciences
AREA V - Pre-Professional, Major, & Elective Courses
Programs that do not require a GED or High School diploma for entry, and are not creditable toward these Associate Degrees:
Associate in Arts
Associate in Science
Associate in Applied Science
Associate in Applied Technology
The State Board of Education requires institutions to operate on a semester system. Semester hours of credit are then based upon the average number of hours of instruction weekly during a 15-week period, with an hour of instruction defined as not less than 50 minutes of instructor/student contact. A semester system is defined as a fall semester, spring semester, and a summer term. A variety of class meeting schedules that fall within this structure may be present within the institutions.
A semester hour of credit (or credit hour) is based upon the average number of hours of instruction taught weekly. The ratio of weekly contact hours to credit hours varies with the type of instruction being used. There are six general categories of types of instruction: (1) Theory, (2) Experimental Laboratory, (3) Practical Application Laboratory, (4) Clinical Practice, (5) Preceptorship, and (6) Internship.
The definitions for each category/type of instruction are:
Theory. Instruction focused on principles, concepts, or ideas. Generally requires extensive out-of-class preparation prior to class each week as well as follow-up assignments. “Theory” instruction is the term which will be used to include lecture, recitation, discussion, demonstration, seminar, and other standard classroom instruction. “Theory” instruction is under the direct supervision of an instructor. Ratio: 1:1 (one hour of credit for one hour of theory instruction as defined.)
Experimental Laboratory. Instruction focused on experimentation in a classroom, laboratory, or studio through teacher-assisted, hands-on learning experiences. An experimental laboratory is generally required in conjunction with the theory of an academic course. “Work is normally completed in the learning environment, but may include out-of-class assignments such as practice and/or laboratory report writing. “Experimental laboratory” instruction is generally under the direct supervision of an instructor. Ratio: 2:1(one hour of credit for two hours of “experimental” instruction as defined.) or 3:1 (one hour of credit for three hours of “experimental” instruction as defined.)
Practical Application Laboratory. Experience-based instruction focused on “real world” activities, albeit in a simulated environment for the purpose of developing occupational competencies related to the use of equipment, tools, machines, and other program-specific work products. A practical application laboratory is generally required in career and technical programs; requires limited out-of-class assignments per week; emphasis is in the use of equipment, tools, machines, etc. found within the lab environment. “Practical application laboratory” involves the development of manual skills and job proficiency and is under the direct supervision of an instructor. Ratio: 2:1 or 3:1
Clinical Practice. Experience-based instruction focused on “real world” activities, generally in healthcare of service occupation programs, offered in a “real world” environment, for the purpose of developing skills related to the discipline. A clinical practice laboratory is generally required in healthcare related fields. Work is normally completed in the learning environment, but may include out-of-class assignments. “Clinical Practice” is under the direct supervision of an instructor. Out-of-class assignments each week are used to prepare the student for the clinical experience. Ratio: 3:1 (one hour of credit for three hours of “clinical practice” instruction as defined.)
Preceptorship. P3 or P5. Advanced experience-based instruction, under the supervision of a licensed healthcare professional, for the purpose of enhancing occupational competencies. The course instructor works with the healthcare professional to determine the clinical assignments for students. The instructor must be readily available for consultation with the healthcare professionals. Ratio: 5:1 or 3:1 (one hour of credit for five hours or three hours of preceptorship instruction as defined.) NOTE: programs of study for which accreditation and/or licensing bodies require a different ratio must comply with discipline-specific time-to-credit criteria.
Internship. “Internship” is the term which will be used to include cooperative education, apprenticeships, practicums, sponsored work instruction. Internship involves the development of job skills by providing the student with a structured employment situation that is directly related to, and coordinated with, the educational program. Student activity in internship is planned and coordinated jointly by an institutional representative and the employer, with the employer having the responsibility for control and supervision of the student on the job. Work is normally completed in the learning environment, but may include out-of-class assignments. Ratio: 5:1 (one hour of credit for five hours of “internship” instruction as defined.) NOTE: programs of study for which accreditation and/or licensing bodies require a different ratio must comply with discipline-specific time-to-credit criteria.