Academics
Degree Types
Three Rivers College offers the following types of degrees:

Associate of Arts Degree


The Associate of Arts (AA) is a degree primarily for transfer to a bachelor's program at a four-year college or university. Students pursuing an Associate of Arts degree select a university parallel program of study with the help of faculty and professional staff advisors. The requirements for the Associate of Arts degree are as follows:
  • Complete a minimum of 64 credit hours of university parallel credits with a 2.0 or higher grade point average, 42 of which comprise the state mandated general education program. In addition to the 42 general education credits, 2 hours must be lifetime wellness or physical education activity courses. No more than 2 credits in physical education activity courses may be counted toward the degree requirement of 64 hours. A total of 4 credit hours for instrumental and choral groups may be included in the 64 credit hours.
  • Complete at least 15 of the final 30 credit hours of the degree at Three Rivers College. A student may request to transfer a maximum of 6 credits back from an approved college if taking the credit at Three Rivers would constitute a hardship.
  • Three Rivers College limits academic residency to no more than twenty-five percent of the degree requirements for all associate degrees for active-duty service members. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty service members are enrolled. Reservists and National Guardsmen on active-duty are covered in the same manner.
  • A maximum of 9 credit hours in applied sciences may be accepted as electives in meeting the requirements for the Associate of Arts degree upon the recommendation of the Registrar and the approval of the Vice President for Learning.
  • All students must complete the state and federal Constitution requirements as specified in Section 170.011 RSMo (Supp. 1987). This requirement is met by taking GOVT 121: National and State Government. Students transferring an appropriate government or political science course from another institution may take GOVT 220 to satisfy this component.
  • Students must meet all financial obligations to the college before receiving their diplomas.
  • Students are required to complete all admission requirements before receiving degrees OR grades.
  • All graduates are required to complete the ETS exit assessment. The Three Rivers Assessment Office administers this exam in the fall and spring semesters. Appointments may be made by contacting the Testing Center at 573-840-9667.
  • Three Rivers limits academic residency to no more than twenty-five percent of the degree requirements for all associate degrees for active-duty service members. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty service members are enrolled. Reservists and National Guardsmen on active-duty are covered in the same manner.

Associate of Science Degree


The Associate of Science (AS) is a specialized degree that is intended for transfer into a pre-professional program or a coherent self-sufficient component of a specialized, four-year occupational program. Associate of Science students must complete all the courses that appear in the selected program of study. Three Rivers offers an Associate of Science degree in Administration of Justice, Engineering and Environmental Health.

Students must complete at least 15 of the final 30 credit hours of the degree at Three Rivers College. A student may request to transfer a maximum of 6 credit hours back from an approved college if taking the credit at Three Rivers would constitute a hardship.


Associate of Arts in Teaching Degree


The Associate of Arts in Teaching degree (AAT) is a statewide, specialized degree that is intended for transfer to approved teacher education programs at Missouri four-year colleges and universities. Associate of Arts in Teaching students MUST complete all the courses that appear in the selected program of study. In addition, AAT students must have attained a 2.75 GPA and must have passed the MoGEA Three Rivers offers an Associate of Arts in Teaching in elementary education, middle school education and secondary education.

Students must complete at least 15 of the final 30 credit hours of the degree at Three Rivers College. A student may request to transfer a maximum of 6 credit hours back from an approved college if taking the credit at Three Rivers would constitute a hardship.


Associate of Applied Science Degree


The AAS Degree programs are planned primarily to provide workers for the region served by the college. Students are prepared for immediate entry into the job market upon completion of their selected programs. It is not intended as a transfer degree into a four-year program and contains courses that are not primarily designed for transfer. In the event of a transfer to a four-year institution, a student should expect a receiving institution to evaluate each course in terms of its applicability to the requirements of a student's major field of baccalaureate study. Students are responsible for verifying current articulation agreements with four-year institutions in their area of study.

Students must complete at least 15 of the final 30 credit hours of the degree at Three Rivers College. A student may request to transfer a maximum of 6 credit hours back from an approved college if taking the credit at Three Rivers would constitute a hardship.

Individual courses may be specified in the general education requirements of certain degree emphasis areas. They are listed along with core requirements in the Programs of Study sections of the catalog. The college perceives education not only as preparation to earn a living, but as a way of life, responsible to both the individual and the college community. For this reason, approximately 25% of each program leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree is comprised of general education courses.

The requirements for the degree are as follows:
  • Must have successfully completed all courses in curriculum.
  • Complete at least 15 of the final 30 credit hours on the degree at Three Rivers College.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher on all credits. (A letter grade of "C" or better is required in all program and related courses in Nursing and Medical Laboratory Technology.)
  • Must have been regularly admitted to the college and made application for candidacy for the Associate of Applied Science degree.
  • Complete state and federal Constitution requirements as specified in Section 170.011 RSMo (Supp. 1987).
  • Students must meet all financial obligations.

One-Year Certificate


Three Rivers offers curricula leading to one- year certificates upon completion of required courses. The requirements for the certificate are as follows:
  • Students must complete all courses in the prescribed curriculum, two of which must be Three Rivers' courses, and have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher for the courses in that curriculum.
  • Students must meet both state and federal Constitution requirements as specified in Section 170.011 RSMo (Supp. 1987).
  • Students must meet all financial obligations.

Short-Term Certificate


Three Rivers offers curricula leading to short-term certificates upon completion of required courses. The requirements for the certificate are as follows:
  • Students must complete all courses in the prescribed curriculum, one of which must be a Three Rivers course, and have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher for the courses in that curriculum.
  • Students must meet all financial obligations.
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