Academic Catalog

General Studies, Associate in Science - Social Science Concentration

Program Description

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is designed for students who wish to create an individualized program in a specific academic area. Students may explore career fields while selecting courses that will facilitate their goal of transferring to a four-year college/university or beginning a career. Students must complete the following:  

a. All students must complete STSC 150, Student Success Seminar, during their first year of enrollment. 

b. A minimum of 30 credits from the list of Approved General Education Courses. 

c. At least 18 credits from the academic area of Social Science to satisfy the Department Concentration. 

d. Additional elective credits to meet the requirements for the degree (minimum of 60 credits). 


Transfer Information

Students pursuing the General Studies Social Science degree can build a comprehensive concentration in the area of Social Science in order to transfer into a wide range of programs, such as Addictions, Education, Criminal Justice, and Public Services. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a fouryear institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer

Career Information

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science Degrees are designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum provides students the knowledge and skills needed to pursue various career pathways, while providing a credential beyond the high school degree. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. OCC students can also utilize Focus2 Career, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careersTo get started, log in through Ocean Connect.

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

ENGL 151English I3
ENGL 152English II3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement3
Social Science
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement3
Additional Humanities or Social Science Credit
Humanities or Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement3
Mathematics Gen. Ed. Requirement3
Lab Science Gen. Ed. Requirement4
Technology Gen. Ed. Requirement 13
Additional General Education Credit
Any Course(s) from the Gen. Ed. Course List6
Program Requirement
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 22
Department Concentration
To satisfy the department concentration, students must earn 18 credits from the academic area of Social Science. Course prefixes for the Social Science concentration are: STSC, ALDC, ANTH, CRIM, ECON, EDUC, FIRE, GEOG, HLSC, POLI, PSYC, SOCI, SOWK18
Elective Courses
Electives to meet 60 credits9
Total Credit Hours60

Students may attempt to “test out” of the technology requirement. If they succeed, they must take an additional course(s) in math or science or technology from the List of Approved General Education Courses.


A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.