A.S. Degree Programs

Associate in Science Degree Programs

Tallahassee Community College offers Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees in various fields. A.S. degrees are considered terminal degrees in specific areas and are often sought by students seeking to secure employment in a chosen field immediately after graduation.

Each A.S. degree at TCC helps students achieve the skills necessary to be successful in their discipline by aligning curriculum to specific Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs). The Office of Institutional Effectiveness helps program leaders to assess each PLO and remain in compliance with accreditation standards, principles, and guidelines.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

The PLOs for each of the A.S. degree programs offered at TCC are listed below by program name.

Building Construction Management, A.S. (2160)

The Building Construction Management, A.S. degree is dedicated to teach students skills that will prepare them for a career in the construction industry as foreman, superintendent, assistant superintendent, assistant project manager, estimator, building inspector, or expeditor.

Building Construction students will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Identify different materials used in construction and evaluate methods of fabrication and assembly.
  • PLO 2: Apply basic technical and math solving techniques in construction.
  • PLO 3: Understand all applicable laws and regulations relating to construction.
  • PLO 4: Solve complex problems using communication skills to prepare forms and documents required for a construction contract, including drawings and specifications that identify and apply construction management techniques in organizing, scheduling, coordinating, managing and supervising construction activities.

Business Management, A.S. (2109)

The Business Management, A.S. degree helps prepare students for a number of entry-level positions in business and it can also be a great stepping stone for students who want to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Management at a Florida-based university.

Business Management students will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Use marketing terminology to comprehend and recognize the elements of the marketing mix in organizations (product, price, place and promotion). 
  • PLO 2: Analyze financial information to make effective business decisions. 
  • PLO 3: Demonstrate communication skills that are needed for success in the workforce and/or academic environment. 
  • PLO 4: Understand the primary functions of management by identifying tasks related to planning, organizing, leading and controlling. 

Computer Programming and Web Development, A.S. (2158)

The Computer Programming and Web Development, A.S. degree prepares students for employment as computer programmers for web-based applications or supplement training for persons previously or currently employed in the information technology industry.

Computer Programming and Web Development students will be able to:

  • PLO 1:  Investigate programming and web development challenges by using critical thinking strategies that leverage basic principles of computer programming and web development, including the analysis of user requirements, application requirements and the evaluation of program code. 
  • PLO 2:  Formulate effective real-world computer programming and web solutions by designing computer programs and web applications using best practices to effectively solve problems, implement quality solutions, and develop and debug original algorithms and applications.
  • PLO 3:  Construct multi-function and multi-object programs using current industry standards for computer programmers and web developers.

Criminal Justice Technology, A.S. (2138)

The Criminal Justice Technology, A.S. degree prepares students for a rewarding career in law enforcement or corrections and also helps persons already employed in those fields advance in their professions.

Criminal Justice Technology students will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Analyze the impact of crime and criminal justice process on victims and offenders by understanding criminological theory and the study of criminal activities.
  • PLO 2: Apply effective strategies, including the use of current technologies, to integrate legal and ethical practices based upon due process rights within the fields of criminal justice.
  • PLO 3: Use oral and written communication skills that are needed for success in workforce and/ or academic environment.
  • PLO 4: Discuss the various agencies within the criminal justice environment in order to explain the relationship of organizational structure, define roles, responsibilities, and coordination of efforts.

Cyber Security, A.S. (2168)

The purpose of the Cyber Security, A.S. degree to meet the growing need for trained specialists to provide security for increasingly complex information technology.

Cyber Security students will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Design a risk analysis, security policies, and a system damage assessment using critical thinking strategies and forensic methods that include reverse engineering, log analysis, and chain of events, to determine the impact of an incident and/or avoid future incidents.
  • PLO 2: Develop a secure network communication solution that will meet the requirements of the organization and industry best standards by applying security principles and practices that will help protect the network infrastructure and ensure network communication compliance within the organization and with trading partners.
  • PLO 3: Acquire practical knowledge of information security strategies, including security administration, cloud security, and security assessment and authorization that meet current industry standards indicative of an entry-level information systems security professional.

Digital Media, A.S. (2167)

The Digital Media, A.S. degree prepares students for employment as broadcast technicians, sound engineering technicians, and audio and video equipment technicians.

Digital Media students will be able to:

  • PLO 1:  Acquire knowledge of basic principles of Digital Media including the identification and selection of appropriate software and the analysis of technical difficulty for the creation of original digital media content and projects.
  • PLO 2:  Propose effective real-world recording solutions for film and music soundtrack using appropriate technical skills and best audio and visual practices, including knowledge of media manipulation, evaluation of user’s functionality, and analysis of efficacy in project creation.
  • PLO 3:  Author real-world Digital Media products responsive to client needs using different media reflective of industry valued skills of digital media artists.​​​​​​​

Drafting and Design Technology, A.S. (2135)

The Drafting and Design Technology, A.S. degree equips students with technical knowledge and skills that enable them to translate ideas, specifications and calculations to complete accurate working drawings and to use appropriate applications of geographic information systems (GIS) in topographic surveying. This program is great for anyone interested in becoming drafters, computer-aided design (CAD) technicians, CAD specialists, GIS technicians, or assistant to architects, engineers or surveyors.

Drafting and Design Technology students will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Differentiate, identify, and explain the specific disciplines and careers within the broad categories of engineering using critical thinking strategies.
  • PLO 2: Integrate basic engineering fundamentals, technical math and problem-solving techniques across all engineering areas.
  • PLO 3: Practice professional and ethical standards that govern interpersonal and career behaviors relevant to the field.
  • PLO 4: Design solutions and assess expert engineering drawings using basic surveying skills, manual drafting, computer software (e.g., GIS, 2D and 3D) techniques and measurement standards.

Early Childhood Development, Education and Management, A.S. (2123)

The Early Childhood Development, Education and Management, A.S. degree prepares students seeking rewarding careers in early childhood education, child care facility management and/or child care facility ownership. Click here for more information.

Early Childhood Education studets will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Evaluate their own assumptions and beliefs and identify how those shape student learning experiences and teachers' relationships with student families using intercultural knowledge.
  • PLO 2: Leverage core content knowledge to analyze various elements that influence student learning, evaluation, and growth, including curriculum development, relationships, and family influence. 
  • PLO 3: Integrate content knowledge to experiential learning opportunities that relate to curriculum design and assessment strategies that promote exploration and discovery related to lifelong learning in children.

Engineering Technology, A.S. (2163)

The Engineering Technology, A.S. degree prepares students for the challenging, but highly-regarded careers of industrial machinery mechanics; general and operations managers; production and operation worker supervisors; and supervisors of mechanics, installers and repairers.

Engineering Technology students will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Apply basic technical and troubleshooting skills using critical thinking strategies that leverage proficiency in using tools, instruments and the identification of properties of various materials used for different industrial processes.
  • PLO 2: Explain the requirements and role of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in implementing safety in work environment.
  • PLO 3: Author appropriate solutions to basic electronics and electricity challenges using quality assurance methods and quality control concepts in product and process improvements.

Graphic and Web Design Technology, A.S. (2125)

The Graphic and Web Design Technology, A.S. degree prepares students who seek careers as graphic design assistants. It can also be used as supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in this occupation.

Graphic and Web Design Technology students will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Author effective, real-world, client-driven graphic designs that feature critical thinking strategies including the application of appropriate software, use of common practices, and knowledge of design frameworks that elevate the presentation of the end product.
  • PLO 2:  Create and examine the viability of appropriate graphic design solutions needed to design graphic layouts using best practices for optimum visual communication solutions.
  • PLO 3: Craft a variety of graphic designs for display in different platforms reflective of industry valued skills for graphic designers.

Network Systems Technology, A.S. (2165)

The Network Systems Technology, A.S. degree prepares students for entry-level positions in the high-demand computer networking-related fields. Employment types include network administrator, network manager, network designer, network installer, network troubleshooter, inter/intranet worker.

Network Systems Technology students will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Design networking and internet applications using critical thinking strategies developed through practical hands-on experience and the study of industry requirements, including analysis of user’s needs, development and debugging of original algorithms and applications, and the installation and configuration of protocol to establish computer clients, servers, communications equipment and cable plants.
  • PLO 2: Construct an effective troubleshooting and repair plan for computer clients, servers, communication equipment and cable plants using best practices in the field, including knowledge of programming language, evaluation of program functionality, and analysis of efficacy of the platform.
  • PLO 3: Integrate knowledge of operating environments, software identification, and networking analysis that meet current industry standards indicative of an entry-level networking technician. 

Office Administration, A.S. (2107)

The Office Administration, A.S. degree provides students with important skills, such as basic accounting, computer applications, communication skills, and document preparation for entry into an office support staff position or to allow professionals to update/obtain new skills.

Office Administration students will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Prepare documents that meet current industry standards.
  • PLO 2: Set-up storage and retrieval systems for paper-based and digital based systems in ARMA International rules.  
  • PLO 3: Apply appropriate arithmetic formulas to solve mathematical problems related to business operations.
  • PLO 4: Demonstrate effective communication and interpersonal skills that are appropriate to the business environment.

Paralegal/Legal Studies, A.S. (2112)

The Paralegal/Legal Studies, A.S. degree program prepares students to perform effectively as a part of a legal services team and helps students successfully enter the field of paralegal and/or legal assisting. The course work in the program also serves as an informal primer for students considering law school.

Paralegal/Legal Studies students will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Assemble the necessary elements of a sample client case file by leveraging problem solving skills necessary to appropriately define and construct a clear argument, identify multiple legal avenues that speak to the case file, and evaluate relevant legal reasoning for the case.
  • PLO 2: Support lawyers in the analysis of cases serving their client and the application of law to facts by using critical thinking strategies that allow for the identification of issues in the case, the selection of appropriate evidence, and an evaluation of position, context, and assumptions necessary to properly apply the Rules of Civil Procedure to the tasks and documents used in litigation.
  • PLO 3: Apply strong legal written communication illustrated in the analysis and examination of legal case studies that leverage a thorough understanding of legal concepts, mastery of the information relevant to the case, and the skillful use of appropriate disciplinary language.
  • PLO 4: Differentiate and support legally appropriate and ethical solutions when presented with a law office management case study through a deep understanding of legal ethics, recognition of cross relationships between complex legal issues, and the evaluation of different and relevant ethical perspectives within the discipline.

Sports, Fitness and Recreation Management, A.S. (2124)

The Sports, Fitness and Recreation Management, A.S. degree program helps students develop skills that are necessary for those looking for careers as recreation leaders, recreation supervisors, group recreation workers, activity leaders or recreation event coordinators.

Sports, Fitness, and Recreation Management students will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Prepare individuals and groups to participate in a variety of sports.
  • PLO 2: Provide care for and demonstrate prevention of athletic injuries.
  • PLO 3: Understand the foundations of sports, fitness, and exercise science.
  • PLO 4: Design creative events and schedule an effective timeline for individual and group participation.
  • PLO 5: Develop and organize appropriate recreational programs for different populations and abilities.
  • PLO 6: Identify principles and methods of sports management.