About Academic Programs

The academic programs division of Rowan-Cabarrus provides instruction in three general areas: the applied sciences, transfer programs and general education. Additionally, the academic programs division of the college provides learning resources to supplement and enhance areas of learning through educational resource services and tutoring services.

Academic Programs

Associate in Applied Science Programs

Associate in applied science programs include the areas of business, health, public services and technical programs. Students whose career goals are to immediately enter the workforce in their chosen profession or trade will find the two year degree, diploma and certificate programs in the applied sciences well suited for helping them reach their goals.  The program offerings in the Associate in Applied Sciences provide education and training in current and emerging careers in our regional service area and beyond. Some of the AAS programs have established articulation agreements with private and public universities which accept some courses toward an undergraduate degree.

Transfer Programs

Sometimes starting off at a large four-year university is not the right choice for students. Whether students want to save money, live closer to home, enhance their study and learning skills or just enjoy the perks of studying at a smaller institution, Rowan-Cabarrus’ transfer programs are an excellent stepping stone to a four-year university. Rowan-Cabarrus offers transfer programs in three areas: associate in arts, associate in fine arts and associate in science. Students who complete a transfer degree may earn up to sixty-four credit hours to transfer to a University of North Carolina System institution. Students who earn a diploma in a transfer program may earn up to thirty-two credit hours to transfer. Students may also earn credit hours to transfer to private and out of state universities. These students should coordinate with their chosen university to determine which courses they should complete to transfer smoothly.

General Education

The associate in general education is a degree program designed for students who want additional flexibility in designing a degree program to meet their educational and academic needs. The associate in general education program is not a transfer degree option, but some individual courses may be received by senior institutions if a student is interested in transferring.

High School Programs

Rowan-Cabarrus high school programs in collaboration with Kannapolis City Schools, Rowan-Salisbury School System, and Cabarrus County Schools provides several opportunities for high school students to get ahead by studying at the college level.

Pre-College Studies

Pre-college studies provides instruction for students requiring basic skills education, GED preparation, English as a second language support and education for the intellectually disabled. It is the goal of pre-college studies to help students gain the skills required to be successful in college, in the workplace and at home.

Educational Resource Services

Educational resource services is the branch of academic programs responsible for providing academic support for students and faculty through learning and technological resources.  The learning resource center information commons provides access to library resources and computer labs. The center for teaching and learning provides faculty with professional development opportunities to hone their skills in teaching pedagogy and classroom technology. Distance education makes it possible for students to learn on a more flexible schedule via telecourses, interactive television, internet, hybrid and web-enhanced courses.