Students enrolled in the Associate in Science with an emphasis in Agricultural Education have as their primary objective either the transfer of specific courses or the associate degree in its entirety to Clemson University.
Students in this program have guaranteed transfer credit to the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University. The principle mission of agricultural education is to prepare and maintain professionals to serve the future educational needs of people who are in or affected by the broad agriculture industry. Graduates who meet all the criteria listed below will be accepted without further review of credentials, with junior standing at Clemson University:
Bachelor Degree Completion:
OCtech has an approved articulation agreement with Clemson University – Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education.
Students in the Associate in Science with an emphasis in Sustainable Agriculture have as their primary objective either the transfer of specific courses or the associate degree in its entirety to Clemson University.
Students in this program have guaranteed transfer credit to the College of Agricultural, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson University. Graduates who meet all of the criteria listed below will be accepted without further review of credentials, with junior standing at Clemson University:
Students who do not wish to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion of the degree will obtain the necessary knowledge and skills to improve their success in agricultural production or many of the agricultural support industries.
*Semester hours may vary according to the electives the student may choose. The student should consult with their advisor.
Bachelor Degree Completion:
OCtech has an approved articulation agreement with Clemson University – Bachelor of Science degree in Soils and Sustainable Crops.
The Associate in Science/University Transfer Pathway is designed for competitive entrance into the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies program. The Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies program is a new online undergraduate program in the College of Health Professions at the Medical University of South Carolina. Students who earn an Associate of Science degree or those with 60 general education college credits are eligible to apply to the program and prepare for employment in a health promotion field, such as community health worker or community advocate, health educator, health coach, worksite wellness coordinator and patient advocate. Students completing the MUSC Bachelor in Health Studies Program may apply to enter programs at MUSC with a broader perspective of health, such as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Public Health, Health Administration and Cardiovascular Perfusionist.
The OCtech Associate in Science MUSC Pathway graduate should have a cumulative admission grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. A grade of “C” or better is necessary in each course required by the Associate in Science degree pathway in order to transfer. A designated OCtech advisor responsible for the MUSC Healthcare Studies pathway will work with students under this agreement regarding a recommended degree completion plan.
Students who intend to apply to the MUSC Healthcare Studies program and subsequently intend to apply to one of the MUSC graduate programs upon graduation should also consult the appropriate MUSC program or college advising center for information to customize their program of study. The MUSC Healthcare Studies pathway may be customized to meet general education courses specified as prerequisites for transfer into competitive master’s degree programs in accordance with the MUSC and the South Carolina Technical College System Transfer Agreement (see the OCtech Transfer web page for the specific general education course listing for articulation pathways into additional master’s degree programs, such as Health Informatics, Pharmacy, College of Medicine/MD or College of Dental Medicine/DIDO) It is recommended that students begin exploring Pathway options for graduate programs as early as possible during pursuit of the AS degree at OCtech.
Students have a unique opportunity to pursue Food Science and Nutrition at Clemson University. Students in the Associate in Science degree with an emphasis in Food Science and Nutrition have guaranteed transfer credit to the College of Agricultural, Forestry and Life Sciences at Clemson. Graduates who meet all of the specific criteria will be accepted, without further review of credentials, with junior standing at Clemson University.
If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university, enrolling in the Associate in Arts or Associate in Science curricula can help you reach your goals. In these programs, which are also called the University Transfer programs, you can take any number of college transferable courses, from just a few to an entire associate degree. Also, if you are a public school teacher looking for recertification credit, many of the courses will apply.
If you are interested in courses such as psychology, sociology, humanities, history, literature or the arts, you should enroll in the Associate in Arts degree. Alternatively, if you are more interested in math or science courses (STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), such as calculus, biology or chemistry, you should enroll in the Associate in Science degree.
There are many benefits to attending OCtech as a student in Associate in Arts or Associate in Science. First, because OCtech is a college focused on the needs of first- and second-year college students, our faculty is dedicated to providing instruction on a more individual basis than larger four-year institutions. Our classes are smaller and provide opportunities for you to work one-on-one with your instructors. Additionally, the University Transfer programs offer the same courses that are typically required by four-year institutions as part of each student’s general education requirements. As a result, you can meet a large portion of the required general education courses needed at your transfer school in a small, friendly setting where your instructors truly care about your progress and are willing to assist you as you learn.
Not only will you have access to a supportive faculty at OCtech, but you will also have a faculty advisor and other counselors who will assist you in determining your educational goals and choose the right courses in order for you to make a smooth transition to another college or university. You and your advisor will closely consult with the college to which you plan to transfer so that the courses you take at OCtech will meet that institution’s transfer requirements.
OCtech also offers an Early College program for high school students. High school juniors and seniors who meet the college’s requirements can take college credit courses through dual enrollment with OCtech. Successful completion of these courses may allow high school graduates to transfer the courses to the four-year colleges of their choice. For more information about Early College, contact the OCtech University Transfer Coordinator’s Office.
The Associate in Science in Nursing USC Upstate Transfer program is designed for ADN students to transfer to the University of South Carolina Upstate to pursue a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.
Options are also available for students who plan to transfer to other four-year institutions. Please consult your advisor.