Program Overview

The Associate of Science degree program at Richland Community College is offered completely online. All online courses have convenient and flexible schedules that allow students to complete coursework entirely at home. The program’s curriculum focuses on building a strong foundation within many subject areas.

The program is designed for students that are interested in pursing a baccalaureate degree at a four-year educational institution.  Students that are interested in transferring should first consult an academic advisor to determine the transfer requirements for potential Bachelor of Science programs. If a student transfers to the Associate of Science program they must complete a total of 15 credits at Richland Community College in order to graduate.

Students will need to complete a total of 60 credit hours in order to receive the degree. The 60 credits and the program’s courses will be pided into three categories: general education, area of concentration and group requirements. In order for the credits to apply towards the degree, all courses must be above the courses number of 100. Students must also complete all courses with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. 

The group requirement courses have five subject areas such as communications, fine arts/humanities, social science, life/physical science, and mathematics. The area of concentration gives students the ability to pick one of three options to complete the required credits. The first option is to complete at least two courses or at least one sequence within specific subjects such as accounting, physical education, physics, psychology and geography. The second option is to complete at least four courses in specific subjects such as biology, chemistry or mathematics. The third option is to complete at least four courses within the broad fields of business, general science, and social science. Finally, students must also complete a total of 41-45 general education credits.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


    Prospective students should:
    • Be a high school graduate, or
    • Received a High School Equivalency Certificate based on the GED test, or
    • Home schooled student that has taken “ability to benefit” test that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education, or
    • Intend to enroll in a GED course, or 
    • Be a high school junior or senior and be approved for enrollment by the principal, or 
    • Be a “gifted” high school student under the age of 16 and have the approval of the principal. 
    • Submit official high school or college transcripts
    • Submit the admission application 
    • Submit ACT or other comparable test scores

    School Overview

    Richland Community College, located in Decatur, Illinois, is a public, 2-year institution that was founded in 1971 as the Community College of Decatur. The aim of the institution was to provide the citizens in the county an opportunity to receive a higher education. In 1975, the school changed to its present day name and moved to a permanent campus location. Today, the college works offer those in the Richland area and beyond a quality education that is affordable and accessible.

    Students come to RCC to earn an associate’s degree, prepare to transfer to a four-year institution, prepare for the GED, earn a certificate, explore a new career, keep job skills current, or take courses that relate to personal interests. The school is made up of the following divisions:

    • Mathematics, Science & Business
    • Liberal Arts
    • Continuing and Professional Education
    • Health Professions
    • Correctional Education Programs
    • Workforce Development

    RCC offers programs in an online learning environment awarding degrees and certificates in online and hybrid formats.


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