Individualized Studies

Description:

The Individualized Studies program recognizes valuable training and/or work experience by giving students in technical fields the opportunity to receive college credits for their experiences and to apply that experience and knowledge to an associate's degree. It assists individuals in their preparation for career advancement or change. In the first semester, the student will develop a Personal Education Plan (PEP) directly related to career or educational goals. The PEP requires the approval of the department head.

This select program has three components:

  1. Prior learning assessment:12-30 credits in the Technical/Occupational core from industry certifications, work experience, non-credit to credit program articulations, and evidence of other demonstrated competencies
  2. 21 credits of General Education
  3. 6-24 credits taken as part of a Personal Education Plan

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Use oral, written, and non-verbal methods of communication to examine and discuss problems and issues.
  • Analyze primary and secondary sources in different academic disciplines to discern and respect diverse perspectives and experiences.
  • Use critical thinking to solve problems within and across disciplines.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a Technical/Occupational Core.

Program Entry Requirements:

This is a select program. Prospective students must attend a program orientation prior to admission. All students need to take the College's placement at their time of entry into the College. Students who are identified as needing developmental coursework must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of the program. Students are accepted into the program upon assessment of their prior learning and the application of credits to the Technical /Occupational Core.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

A minimum of 60 credits and a grade point average of 2.0 are required for graduation with an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Individualized Studies.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
Technical/Occupational Core 
Students submit industry certifications, work experience, non-credit to credit program articulations, and evidence of other demonstrated competencies for consideration for prior learning assessment.
  12-30 credits  
ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 credits Writing, Research, and Info Lit 1
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra FNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement 3 credits Quantitative Reasoning
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts   3 credits Technological Competency
BIOL 123 - Principles of Biology I or
CHEM 101 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (Lab Based) or
CHEM 103 - Fundamentals of Chemistry I (Non-Lab Based) or
CHEM 105 - Inquiry into Chemistry or
CHEM 110 - Introductory Chemistry or
CHEM 121 - College Chemistry I or
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation or
PHYS 105 - Survey of Physics or
PHYS 108 - Descriptive Astronomy or
PHYS 111 - General Physics I or
PHYS 125 - Musical Acoustics or
PHYS 140 - Mechanics, Heat and Sound or
STS 101 - Introduction to Science, Technology and Society
For BIOL 123: CHEM 121 or CHEM 110 with a "C" or better and high school biology or permission of the department head.
For CHEM 105: ENGL 101 ready.
For CHEM 110: FNMT 118 or MATH 118 placement and ENGL 101 ready.
For CHEM 121: CHEM 110 with a grade of "C" or better and FNMT 118 or MATH 118.
For Phys 105: FNMT 118 (or higher) placement or a passing grade in FNMT 017 (or higher) are required.
For PHYS 111: MATH 162 or Math 171 or MATH 171 placement.
For Phys 140: MATH 171.
For STS 101: MATH 118 or higher placement
3 or 4 credits Scientific Reasoning

Notes

The sequence shown is for illustration purposes. The length of time it takes for a student to complete the Program will vary depending on many factors including how many credits he or she transfers into the Program.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 credits Writing, Research, and Info Lit 2
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking or
ENGL 116 - Interpersonal Communication or
ENGL 117 - Group and Team Communication or

ENGL 118 - Intercultural Communication

ENGL 101, which may be taken concurrently

3 credits Oral Communication/
Creative Expression
HIST 101 - United States History: Colonial America through the Revolutionary Era or HIST 102 - United States History: The Civil War and the 19th Century or
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century and Beyond or
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology or
any Cultural Analysis & Interpretation Elective
  3 credits Cultural Analysis & Interpretation
General Elective   3 or 4 credits  

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
Personal Education Plan (PEP)
To make sure the student takes a coherent and thoughtful series of courses, the student and department chair will develop the Personal Education Plan, which focuses on the student’s anticipated career path. The PEP will be approved by the department head within the student’s first semester.
  6 to 24 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
Personal Education Plan (PEP)
To make sure the student takes a coherent and thoughtful series of courses, the student and department chair will develop the Personal Education Plan, which focuses on the student’s anticipated career path. The PEP will be approved by the department head within the student’s first semester.
  6 to 24 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

60

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Business and Technology, Room B2-22, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8785; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010