Professional Studies AS – Exploratory Program


The Exploratory Studies program provides the opportunity for undecided students to take courses within a broad range of disciplines. In addition to fulfilling their General Education requirements, students will explore courses in academic and career-track fields. The objective of the program is to help students discover their strengths and interests and to prepare them for a field of concentration.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively.
  • Apply analytical reasoning across academic disciplines.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrate information literacy and technological competency.
  • Recognize and appreciate diversity, historical viewpoints, and the global perspective.
  • Cultivate ethical values, personal wellness, and personal learning strategies.

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

Math Elective 3
  Exploratory Course  3
  Exploratory Course    3
  Free Elective: IST-123 3
WRT-101English Composition I


Total Credit Hours:15

Second Semester

  Science Elective 4
  Humanities Elective 3
  Communication Elective: choose COM-100 or COM-102   3
  Exploratory Course 3
WRT-201English Composition II


Total Credit Hours:16

Third Semester

  Natural Science Elective* 4
  Humanities Elective* 3
  Social Science Elective* 3
  Exploratory Course 3
INF  Information Technology  1
Total Credit Hours:14

Fourth Semester

  Social Science Elective 3
  Humanities Elective 3
  Exploratory Course  3
  Exploratory Course 3
  Exploratory Course   3
Total Credit Hours:15

General Education Requirements


COM-100Speech Communication



COM-102Public Speaking


WRT-101English Composition I


WRT-201English Composition II


Total Credit Hours:9


Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective*

One course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology Electives*

  Mathematics - [one 3-cr. general education course in Mathematics MAT and a 1-cr. course in Information Technology (INF-102)]  or  [ a 4-cr. general education course in Mathematics (MAT) ] 4
  Natural Science: Two general education courses to be selected from these fields:  
Biology (BIO); Chem(CHM); Physics(PHY)
Total Credit Hours:12

Total Credit Hours: 30

Exploratory Course Requirements


Exploratory "Clusters"
Area of Exploration
Credits Course Description Codes
Humanities and Fine Arts 6-9 Arts: Art (ART), Cinema Studies (CIN), Dance (DAN), Fashion (FAB), Music (MUS, MUA), Theatre Arts (THR),
Humanities: Communications (COM), History (HIS), World Languages and Cultures (LAN), Literature (LIT), Philosophy and Religion (PHR), Writing (WRT)
Business, Education, Law and Social Sciences 6-9

Business: Accounting ACC, Finance BNF, Business BUS,  Hospitality (HRM)

Social Science: Anthropology (ANT), Economics (ECO), Geography (GEO), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSY), Sociology (SOC), Education (EDU)

Law: Real Estate (REA), Criminal Justice (CRJ), Homeland Security ( HSE), Legal (LGL) 

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics

Mathematics and Technology: Mathematics (MAT), Computer Science (CIS), Information Technology (INF),  Gaming (GAM)

Science: Biology (BIO), Chemistry (CHM), Physics (PHY), Horticulture (HRT), Health (HSC), Legal Nurse (LGN), Exercise (WEX)

Engineering: Drafting (DFT) , Electrical (ELC), Fire (FIR), Manufacturing (MFG), Medical Office (MOA), Technology (TEC)

Total Credit Hours:21

Total Credit Hours: 60

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

*General Education Elective(s).

**IST-123 will fulfill 3 Free Elective credits for students who place into the course.