The Associate in Science is designed for transfer towards specific science bachelor's degrees. The general education courses required for the Associate of Science degree are approved by the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI); however, the structure of the degree does not meet the minimum IAI general education core requirements. Students will need to complete the general education requirements of the school to which they transfer. Students considering this degree are encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to determine the most appropriate or required course selections for their transfer goals.

Graduates earning this degree meet the requirement for coursework on improving human relations as defined in 110 ILCS 205/9.21 (formerly Ill. Rev. Stat. 1991 Ch. 144 sec. 189.21) or PA-87-581.

Students with previous academic, career and life experiences are encouraged to have a transcript analysis completed and to investigate CLEP and ECC proficiency credit to fulfill prerequisite, course, and/or degree requirements. An academic advisor can help with this process.

Degree Requirements

Course Title Credits
General Education Requirement
Three courses including a two course sequence in writing and one course in oral communication. A grade of C or better in ENG 101 and ENG 102 is required.
English Composition I
English Composition II
Fundamentals of Speech
Take 2 courses with at least one IAI GECC course
IAI GECC Courses:
General Education Statistics
General Education Mathematics
Math for Elementary Teaching II
Statistics I
Finite Math for Business & Managmt
Calculus for Business/Social Science
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II
Calculus with Analytic Geometry III
Non-IAI GECC Courses:
Math for Elementary Teaching I
College Algebra
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Differential Equations
Physical and Life Sciences10
Select 3 courses in total. Select at least one IAI GECC course from the life sciences & one IAI GECC course from the physical sciences; one of these must include a lab. The third course can be either an IAI GECC or non-IAI GECC course. (Note: L=Lab)
IAI GECC Physical Sciences:
Earth Science (L)
Applied Physical Science (L)
Elementary Astronomy
Preparatory Chemistry (L)
Elements of Chemistry: General (L)
General Chemistry I (L)
Intro to Physical Geography
Environmental Geology
Physical Geology (L)
General Physics I (L)
Engineering Physics I (L)
IAI GECC Life Sciences:
Survey of Environmental Biology
Biology for Contemporary Society (L)
Principles of Biology (L)
Molecular & Cellular Biology (L)
Organismal Bio, Evolution, Ecology (L)
Environmental Biology (L)
General Chemistry II
Elementary Organic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry I
Organic Chemistry II
General Physics II
Engineering Physics II
Biotechnology and Society
Plants and Society
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
Computer Science I
Computer Science for Engineers
Computer Science for Engineers
Discrete Structures
Computer Science II
Computer Science III
Humanities and Fine Arts6
Two courses with at least one course selected from humanities and one course from fine arts. (Note: N=human diversity from a non-western perspective; D=human diversity within the United States)
Intermediate French II
Intermediate German II
Intermediate Spanish II
Spanish for Spanish Speakers I
Latin American Civilization
American Civilization
History of Mexico
Introduction to Philosophy
Ancient & Medieval Western Philosophy
Modern Western Philosophy
Critical Reasoning
Introduction to Asian Philosophies (N)
Introduction to Religious Studies
Comparative Religions
Philosophy of Religion
Introduction to Mythology
Introduction to Literature:Fiction
Introduction to Literature:Drama
Introduction to Literature:Poetry
Introduction to Shakespeare
Latinx Literatures of the US (D)
African American Lit 1619-1940 (D)
Multicultural American Literature (D)
Intro to Literature by Women (D)
African American Lit (1940-Present) (D)
LGBTQ Literature (D)
International Literature (N)
Children's Literature
Masterpieces of World Lit
Bible as Literature
Great Books Seminar I
Great Books Seminar II
Great Books Seminar III
Great Books Seminar IV
Great Books Seminar V
Fine Arts:
Art Appreciation
Art of Film
History of Art, Prehistory to 1300
History of Art, 1300 to the Present
Survey of Non-Western Art (N)
History of Photography
The Story of Film to WWII
The Story of Film After WWII
Musics of the World (N)
Music Appreciation
Music Literature From 1400 to 1750
Music Liter. From 1750 to Present
Hip Hop Music Appreciation
Rock and Roll Music Appreciation
Introduction to Film Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Intro-Theatre History & Literature
American Drama
Interdisciplinary Humanities and Fine Arts (may count as either Humanities or Fine Arts):
Ancient & Medieval Western Humanities
Modern Western Humanities
Intro to Non-Western Humanities (N)
Novel and Film
Social & Behavioral Sciences6
Two courses with one course selected from social sciences and one course selected from behavioral sciences. (Note: N=human diversity from a non-western perspective; D=human diversity within the United States)
Social Sciences:
Fundamentals of Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Human Geography (N)
Geography of the Developing World (N)
History of Western Civilization I
History of Western Civilization II
History of World Civilizations I (N)
History of World Civilizations II (N)
History & Politics of Gender
History of Latin America I (N)
History of Latin America II (N)
History of Asia: Ancient to 1500 (N)
History of Asia: 1500 to Present (N)
History of Native America (D)
U S History to 1870
U S History Since 1865
History of U.S. Latinas and Latinos (D)
African American History I (D)
African American History II (D)
Amer Government - National
Amer Govt State Local
Principles of Political Science
Comparative Political Systems
International Relations
Behavioral Sciences:
Introduction to Anthropology (N)
General Prehistoric Archeology
Cultural Anthropology (N)
Human Evolution
Intro to Psychology
Child Psychology
Adulthood and Aging
Social Psychology
Human Growth and Development
Principles of Sociology
Social Problems
Racial and Ethnic Relations (D)
Marriage and Family
Social Psychology
Gender Roles and Social Change (D)
Major Field and Elective Courses23
Students should choose an intended major at a transfer institution as soon as possible and select courses which are required for their major. After fulfilling required courses for their major, students may complete this area with electives. In general, any course numbered 100 or above with a 1.1 code in the course description may be used. If the student wishes to enroll in a course which does not have a 1.1 code he/she should see an advisor prior to enrolling to discuss the transferability of the course.
Total Credit Hours60

College Requirements

  1. A total of 60 hours or more must be completed as specified. This total cannot include any credits earned in courses numbered below 100 nor any courses with ABE, ASE, ECO, or ESL prefixes. The 60 hours total may include up to four hours of credit in physical education, courses prefixed by PHC.
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for all courses numbered 100 and above.
  3. Meet the college’s Academic Residency Requirement for University Transfer degrees: A minimum of 15 semester hours in courses numbered 100 and above and must have been achieved at ECC, excluding AP, CLEP, and proficiency credits.
  4. Students may apply up to six hours of Independent Study credit toward any associate degree.
  5. Students can earn only one transfer associate degree. Should a student seek to earn more than one transfer degree, they will need to submit a Petition to Earn Multiple Transfer Degrees form to the associate dean of advising, transfer, and career development services.