USF Regulation 3.019: Associate in Arts Certificate

Upon the student’s successful completion of the minimum requirements for the Associate in Arts Certificate, the University will present the student who has properly made application with an appropriate certificate.

  1. To receive the Associate in Arts (AA), the student must complete 60 semester hours of university credit; at least 20 of the last 30 semester hours or a total of 36 credit hours must be completed at the University of South Florida (USF) Sarasota-Manatee; must have a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher based on work attempted within the USF System; and must fulfill the writing and computation course requirements of 6A-10.030; in addition, a transfer student must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher when combined with transfer work accepted and evaluated by the USF Sarasota-Manatee Office of Admissions; satisfy rule 6A-10.030 (Gordon Rule); and satisfy the General Education Requirements of USF Sarasota-Manatee. Physical Education and military science credits do not count within the 60 semester hours toward the Associate in Arts Certificate.
  2. Students should contact their advisor, prior to the application deadline, to apply for the Associate in Arts Certificate. The deadline to apply for a certificate in each semester is stated in the Academic Calendar in the catalog.
  3. The Associate in Arts certificate must be awarded prior to the term that the student becomes eligible for the baccalaureate degree.
  4. USF Sarasota-Manatee completes final processing for the Associate in Arts Certificate after grade processing at the end of the semester for which the student applied. All work, including transfer work taken in that semester, is included in the evaluation of the requirements for the Associate in Arts Certificate.
  5. Any incomplete grades shown on the permanent record of an Associate in Arts applicant at the time grades are processed is treated as an F in the GPA calculation.
  6. The General Education Requirements are based on the approved University policy in effect in the catalog year the student chooses according to the University policy regarding the choice of catalog. USF Sarasota-Manatee makes the determination of whether or not General Education Requirements are met without consideration of the student’s choice of major at the time he/she applies.
  7. Residence credit is broadly defined to include USF-sponsored student exchange programs and the University of Florida Correspondence Division. University of Florida Correspondence Division credit is not included in the student’s USF Sarasota-Manatee GPA. When the grades from USF-sponsored student exchange program institutions are included in the grade point average calculation, they are also counted in the student’s GPA as work attempted at USF for the Associate in Arts Certificate.
  8. Academic Advising may contact an applicant who has not been enrolled within the USF System for three semesters to ascertain whether or not that applicant meets the residency requirements.
  9. In approving any application for the Associate in Arts Certificate, USF Sarasota-Manatee accepts satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades according to the approved University policy in effect during the terms of the student’s enrollment without regard for the student’s declared major. Students must be aware that if they have taken any courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis where such grades are not acceptable by the college of the major, the students may be required to repeat particular courses for a traditional letter grade or take additional courses for a traditional letter grade to meet the college requirements.
  10. All USF Sarasota-Manatee colleges accept the AA Certificate from any USF institution. That is, USF Sarasota-Manatee places the students minimally at the junior level and considers them to have met the University’s General Education Requirements. The applicability of the courses taken by the student toward his/her major program is determined by the college of the student’s major. Similarly, any special requirements for a student’s professional certification (e.g., Education) are not necessarily met by the Associate in Arts certificate, but could be included as part of the General Education Requirements. Thus, students should check with their colleges concerning meeting any special requirements in an efficient manner.
  11. USF Sarasota-Manatee posts the awarding of the Associate in Arts Certificate on the permanent record but does not alter the calculation of the GPA, nor does it interrupt the accumulation of the student’s record.
  12. Students who follow a baccalaureate degree program as recommended by a college are not necessarily eligible for the Associate in Arts certificate prior to the completion of 90 semester hours.