b"A.This degree requires the completion of 60 semester hours with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or above. B.The 60 hours must include 45 hours of program-specific coursework and a minimum of 15 hours of general education core:1.Program-Specific Coursework - 45 hours 2.AAS General Education Core - 15/17 hoursEnglish, 3 semester hours (ENG 1033 - Technical English or ENG 1113 - English Composition I) Social Science, 3 semester hours (government, geography, economics, psychology, sociology, marriage and family, anthropology, human growth and development) Math, 3 semester hours (MAT 1033 - Technical Math,MAT 1313 - College Algebra or higher) OR Natural Science, 4 semester hours (4 semester hour Natural Science with laboratory) Public Speaking, 3 semester hours Humanities/Fine Arts, 3 semester hours (any literature, history, foreign language, philosophy, or appreciation course) 3.Students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of required program-specific coursework at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College to be eligible for the AAS degree. 4.Developmental classes are not used toward graduation. Honors and Special Honors Distinction Candidates who meet graduation requirements and earn a grade point average between 3.30 and 3.69 will graduate with Honors. Candidates who meet graduation requirements and earn a grade point average of 3.70 or higher will graduate with Special Honors. GPA will not be rounded to determine Honors and Special Honors.Transfer hours and hours taken outside of the program of study are included in this calculation. Articulation Agreements Articulation agreements are in place with all Mississippi public universities through the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), as well as with Tulane University, University of Phoenix, University of South Alabama, and William Carey University. For more information on a specific articulation agreement, please contact an Enrollment Specialist or advisor at any MGCCC campus or center. Academic Load A typical class load is 15 semester hours. By federal standards, a full-time student is required to enroll in at least 12 semester hours of credit. However, a student maintaining fewer than 15 semester hours is considered part-time at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and will not be eligible for institutional scholarships or the tuition break. A student may not take more than 19 semester hours without permission from the Dean of Teaching & Learning, unless the student's curriculum indicates otherwise. When a full-time student drops below 15 semester hours of credit, the student is automatically assessed the part-time tuition rate in lieu of the full-time tuition rate.A residence hall student who drops to part-time status must move out of college housing and continue his/her studies as a commuter student unless the Campus Vice President and the Dean of Student Services approve the student to remain in college housing. Grades At mid-term and again at the end of the semester, the instructors report the academic standing of each student in each course. Mid-term grades and final grades are available to students online at https://mgccc.edu/ in Web Services. Mid-term grades allow students to evaluate their progress; however, unlike final semester grades, they are not official and do not appear on the transcript. A. Definitions of Letter Grades 50"