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The Associate of Arts/Associate of Science in University Studies program at Utah Valley University is an associate-level program designed for students that seek general education or preparation for a bachelor program in any discipline. Candidates work with a faculty advisor to create a degree plan that suits current work and personal life demands as well as educational needs.
This degree is ideal for strengthening a current position or for seeking work in a new field altogether. To complete this program, students must complete a total of 60 credit hours. Of these 60 credit hours, 35 come from general education requirements and 25 from core discipline coursework.
Every university studies student follows the same curriculum for their general education. First, students practice writing for the humanities and for science and technology. Writing skills are essential, so this program seeks to prepare students for any situation requiring it. Candidates must complete three credits in mathematics. The course depends on the intended major: Quantitative Reasoning for the Humanities and Arts, Statistics for the Social Sciences, and College Algebra for Business, Education, and Science.
Students then complete a three-credit course focusing on some aspect of United States history of governance. To promote both a healthy mind and a healthy body, the program requires students to learn about ethics and personal health and complete a Fitness for Life course. Core discipline requirements are made up from whatever courses satisfy both the advisors and the student. All 25 credits must come from courses at or above the 1000 level, and for students in the AA path, eight of these must come from classes in one foreign language.
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