Program Information

Degrees and Certificates Offered

The college offers five associate degrees, the certificate of proficiency and the certificate of specialization. Most of the college’s degrees and certificates are designed to be taken on a full- or part-time basis. Degrees can be completed in two years of full-time attendance. Certificates usually can be completed in one or two semesters. However, since most students attend classes part time, degrees and certificates may take longer to complete. (See “Degree and Certificate Time Limits.”)

  • The associate in arts degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to another college and work toward a bachelor’s degree.
  • The associate of arts in teaching degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to another college and work toward a bachelor’s degree in teacher education.
  • The associate in fine arts degree is offered jointly with the University of Missouri-St. Louis and is designed for students who plan to transfer to UM-St. Louis and earn a bachelor of fine arts degree.
  • The associate in applied science degree helps students develop practical and theoretical skills that prepare them for entry-level jobs.
  • The associate in science degree is designed to transfer to a particular institution in a specialized area.
  • The certificate of proficiency is for persons whose intended job does not require an associate degree. It also is for persons who wish to gain additional information/skills in a particular subject area.
  • The certificate of specialization is for persons who desire information/skills in a specific area, usually related to a current job.

Change of Program

Students can change programs by completing a program/major change form available from the Enrollment Services office.  Students may change their major up to the Friday of week 3 for the fall or spring term, and one business day prior to the summer session.

In some cases, the student may request academic records be re-evaluated to establish a new cumulative grade point average. Any grades below a D for courses taken at the college will not be included in the new cumulative grade point average. Other courses will be accepted if they fulfill degree requirements in the new program. Coursework removed from GPA calculations cannot be used to meet degree requirements.

All courses will remain on the transcript.

Requirements for Graduation

Requirements for an associate degree are as follows:

  1. Status as a degree-seeking student.
  2. Satisfactory completion of one of the programs listed in this catalog.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours.  Fifteen credit hours of transferable credit applicable to the declared associate degree intended for graduation must be completed at St. Louis Community College.
    1. A maximum of nine credit hours in special problems courses may apply as unspecified electives toward the associate degree. Special Problems courses may not be applied as electives defined by disciplines such as “science-mathematics elective” or “humanities-communications elective.”
  4. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher. Credits from previously-attended colleges are not computed in the average.
  5. Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Students who have completed dual credit courses must complete this examination. Students who participated in Early College or other dual enrollment programs, transfer students, and previously enrolled students are exempt from this requirement.
  6. College policy requires students who apply for a degree to participate in an appropriate outcomes assessment prior to degree being awarded. 
  7. Missouri Requirement: One of the following courses is required to meet the Missouri Civics requirement.
HST 101United States History to 1865 (MOTR HIST 101)3
HST 102United States History from 1865 to the Present (MOTR HIST 102)3
HST 137African American History through Reconstruction (MOTR HIST 101AA)3
HST 138African American History from Reconstruction to the Present (MOTR HIST 102AA)3
PSC 101Introduction to American Politics (MOTR POSC 101)3

Requirements for certificates of proficiency and specialization are as follows:

  1. Degree-seeking student status.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher
  3. For students seeking a certificate of proficiency, 15 credit hours must be completed at St. Louis Community College.
  4. For students seeking a certificate of specialization, 9 credit hours must be completed at St. Louis Community College.

Note: Completion of graduation requirements does not mean professional certification or registration or approval to sit for board or licensing examinations.

Second Associate Degree

Persons who wish to receive a second associate degree must earn 15 additional credit hours applicable to the second degree and complete all academic requirements for the additional program.

Application for Graduation

Students preparing to graduate with a degree or certificate must file a graduation application with the Enrollment Services office no later than March 1 for spring, June 20 for summer and Oct. 1 for fall. Students who wish to change from non-degree-seeking to degree-seeking should complete all admission requirements for a degree-seeking student. (See “Change of Status.”)

Degree date reflects the term of application for graduation. All degree requirements must be completed within two weeks of the official graduation date. Any exceptions must be approved by the chief campus academic officer. Students who do not complete degree requirements within the two-week period will need to reapply for graduation in the following term or later, depending on when all requirements for graduation have been met.

Degree and Certificate Time Limits

Students are expected to complete degree and certificate requirements within six years of the date the program of study was declared.

Students failing to meet the original time limit must meet the degree and certificate requirements of any catalog in effect within six years of the semester and year of application for graduation.

Former STLCC students returning to the college may not continue the original program of study if the program was deactivated or no longer accepting new students prior to their re-entry.


Transcripts and diplomas of graduates who have earned cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or higher will be designated With Academic Honors.

Transcripts and diplomas of graduates who have earned cumulative grade point averages of 4.0 will be designated With Highest Academic Honors.

Full-time students who are enrolled in at least 12 credit hours during the fall or spring terms and who earn current grade point averages of 3.5 or higher will be designated Dean’s List for that semester.

Part-time students will be designated Dean’s List at the accumulation of each increment of 12 credit hours with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

All students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress.

  1. Good Standing—Cumulative 2.0 GPA after completing at least six credit hours.
  2. Academic Probation—Less than a cumulative 2.0 GPA after completing at least six credit hours.
  3. Academic Probation/Restricted Probation/Suspension—Students on academic probation will not be allowed to self-advise. Once placed on probation, a student must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the next academic term in which he or she is enrolled, or be placed on restricted probation. Students on restricted probation must sign a contract with the Counseling office stipulating conditions for remaining enrolled at the college. Students on restricted probation have two terms in which to raise their GPA to 2.0. Those that fail to do so will be suspended from the college for one academic year.