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    Jul 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2020-2021 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Overview of Programs

Associate of Applied Business and Associate of Applied Science

These degrees are awarded in recognition of successful completion of minimum of 60 semester credit hours of study in a specific degree program aimed at preparing a student for entry into a specific occupation. Degree coursework includes technical and non-technical studies. Non-technical courses include a combination of 15 hours minimum of general education courses, plus applied general education courses that serve as a base for the technical field, up to a combined minimum of 30 hours. Technical coursework makes up the remainder of the degree, for a combined total not to exceed 65 hours.

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Transfer Degrees

The Associate of Arts and Associate of Science are transfer degrees that fulfill the requirements for completion of the first two years of a baccalaureate degree at most four-year colleges and universities.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours for the degree, including a minimum of 36 credit hours of approved Ohio Transfer Module (OTM) coursework.

Students are encouraged to discuss their transfer intentions with a Terra State advisor early in their Terra State experience to ensure that the correct courses are selected to meet the specific requirements of the receiving college or university.

Suggested pathways are available for many disciplines. Students are encouraged to take approved Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG) courses that are available for their discipline of interest. 

The Associate of Arts degree is appropriate for students who plan to transfer to a Bachelor of Arts or related program. These include English, foreign language, humanities, social sciences, psychology, or K-12 education.

The Associate of Science degree is appropriate for students who plan to transfer to a Bachelor of Science or related program. These include engineering, business, pre-medicine, mathematics or the natural sciences.

Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways

What are the Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways?

The Ohio Guaranteed Transfer Pathways (OGTPs) are designed to provide a clearer path to degree completion for students pursuing associate degrees who plan to transfer to an Ohio public university to complete their bachelor’s degree. The OGTPs also constitute an agreement between public community colleges and universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements and will be counted and applied toward the bachelor’s degree. Students still must meet all university program admission requirements.

Terra State has several AA/AS OGTP degree pathways. The OGTP website serves as the official repository for both generic and institution-specific pathway templates. Please refer to this website for the most up-to-date information.

Individualized Degree Programs

Associate of Technical Study and Associate of Individualized Study

Terra State Community College awards two individualized degrees: the Associate of Technical Study Degree and the Associate of Individualized Study Degree. Students, with the assistance of college staff, develop an individual program of study which may combine technical and general studies courses. More information may be obtained by contacting the respective academic division office.

Certificate Programs

Certificates of Completion are presented to students who complete, with a 2.0 grade point average or better, a course or a series of courses established to certify a job skill or competence.

Students who complete certificate programs can apply their certificate coursework toward an associate degree and are encouraged to do so as their resources permit.

Information Technology Pathways

Terra State has multiple “pathways” for students to prepare for jobs in the Information Technology Industry.

These include degrees and certificates in Digital Arts and Media Design, Computer Systems, Programmable/Computer Controls, and courses and certificates through The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development.

Digital Arts and Media Design
Areas of study include web design, computer animation, and digital video.

  • Web Design

Computer Systems
Areas of study include hardware, networking, data communications, routers, fiber optics, and RF

  • Computer Information Systems
  • Systems and Networking Support

Areas of study include PLCs (programmable logic controllers), HMIs (human-machine interaction) and CAD (computer-aided design).

The Kern Center for Community and Industrial Development
Offers non-credit courses that prepare students for the following certifications:

  • A+ Certification
  • N+ Certification
  • MCSE Certification
  • MCSD Testing

STEMM Pathways

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are the content areas to boost the state economy and regional progress. Some define STEMM as the study of the natural sciences, modern technology, engineering, mathematics, and medical sciences.

Terra State offers students an opportunity to begin work on a STEMM degree. Various programs and certificates in the catalog are marked as a STEMM pathway.

For more detailed information on STEMM programs, click here .

Cooperative Education

Standards and Guidelines

Definition of Cooperative Work Experience:
A cooperative work experience is on- or off- campus paid employment that augments formal classroom instruction. The experience is coordinated by a technical faculty member related to the major and by the co-op coordinator.


  1. A student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 grade point average and a 2.0 grade point average in the technical area to participate in a cooperative work experience.
  2. A student must have successfully completed at least 20 credit hours, 8 of which must be in the student’s major area of study, and approval of a technical faculty member to participate in a cooperative work experience.
  3. Each student who is enrolled in a cooperative work experience must have successfully completed a prerequisite one credit hour on-campus seminar (EBE 2980). This can be taken as a co-requisite upon approval of the technical faculty member.
  4. At a minimum, each student is required to meet with the assigned technical faculty member at the beginning of the term, at the mid-term, and at the end of the term to discuss and evaluate progress in the cooperative work experience.
  5. Each student who is enrolled in a cooperative work experience must document learning outcomes to be achieved through the cooperative work experience, and submit these to the technical faculty member for approval by the end of the second week of the term.
  6. Each student who desires to participate in a cooperative work experience must contact the co-op coordinator to record a job placement assignment.
  7. Students who desire to participate in a cooperative work experience must be enrolled in a cooperative education course in their major in order to receive academic credit for the work experience.

Awarding of Credit:

One credit shall be awarded for a minimum of one hundred fifty clock hours of cooperative work experience that is completed during a semester. A maximum of nine semester credit hours may be earned in cooperative work experience, or any combination of cooperative work experience and practicum, over the associate degree program.

The technical faculty member visits the job site for a conference with the student and supervisor at the mid-term and for a final evaluation. Additional visits may occur. The technical faculty member will evaluate the student based upon pre-approved learning outcomes to be determined between the student and the technical faculty member. The technical faculty member assigns the course grade to the student after appropriate consultation with the supervisor/employer.

Cooperative Education Seminar:
Students desiring to participate in a cooperative work experience will enroll in a prerequisite, one-credit seminar (EBE 2980). The seminar will meet for fifteen classroom hours during the semester. The seminar’s curriculum will encompass the following topics:

  • Developing a resume
  • Developing learning outcomes for a cooperative work experience
  • Expectations of students participating in cooperative work experiences
  • Workplace ethics
  • Interviewing tips and techniques
  • Development of a portfolio for presentation to potential employers

Students will be required to successfully complete the on-campus seminar only one time.

For more information, contact the Cooperative Education Coordinator at 419.559.2252.

Field Experience

Field experience is planned, paid work activity which relates to an individual student’s occupational objectives. With permission of a faculty advisor, the field experience replaces elective or required courses in a student’s associate degree program. The experience is coordinated by a faculty member of the college who assists the student in planning the experience, visits the site of the experience for a conference with the student and his/her supervisor at least once during the term and assigns the course grade to the student after appropriate consultation with the employer/supervisor.

One credit hour shall be awarded for a minimum of twelve clock hours of field experience which is completed during a week. A maximum of nine semester credit hours may be earned in field experience, or in any combination of field experience, cooperative education experience and practicum over the associate degree program.

Summer Session

Terra State Community College offers 6-week, 8-week and 12-week summer sessions in which a variety of technical, general education, special interest, and learning achievement courses are offered.

Gainful Employment Information Regarding Eligible Certificate Programs

Terra State Community College is providing this information to meet federal requirements to disclose information about programs that lead to gainful employment, (75 FR 66665 and FR 66832). Final regulations published in the Federal Register require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV-eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (general employment or GE programs). Those regulations also provide that institutions must disclose to prospective students certain information about the institution’s Gainful Employment Programs. 

Consumer information related to the following Title IV- eligible certificate programs can be found at