Public Administration

Associate in Arts Degree

This transfer plan is designed to help you prepare to transfer to a Florida public university as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration. The courses within the transfer plan are placed within the General Education requirements and/or the elective credit requirements to earn your Associate in Arts degree; students can only earn one Associate in Arts degree. Please note that the specific university chosen for transfer may have additional requirements than those listed here. For specific transfer information, meet with a Valencia advisor to review your transfer plans, and check the transfer institution catalog for specific degree requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to take electives that relate to their intended Bachelor’s degree program.

Students who have earned the Fire Officer I or Fire Inspector I certification/licensure, may be eligible to receive college credit for certain courses. For more information and requirements, visit the Valencia Web site at to view the Alternative Award of Credit Agreement and complete a Request Form. To have credit awarded, students should bring the required documentation to the appropriate Academic Dean for verification and approval.

Start Right

Degree-seeking students enrolling at Valencia for the first time will have a limited range of courses from which to choose for their first 18 college-level credits. Within the first 18 college credit hours, you will be required to take SLS 1122 (3 credits), ENC1101 (3 credits), and a mathematics course appropriate to your selected transfer plan (3 credits). The remaining courses will be chosen from the General Education Core Courses in humanities (3 credits), science (3 credits), or social science (3 credits), and/or the introductory courses within the A.A. For specific course recommendations and sequencing, you can create an education plan by logging into Atlas, clicking on the LifeMap tab and clicking My Education Plan.

Financial Aid

In order to be eligible for and calculated in your enrollment status for financial aid, courses for which you are enrolled must count toward your Associate in Arts degree (36 credits of general education and 24 credits of electives). Courses listed in this transfer plan may not be eligible for and calculated in your enrollment status financial aid if you took other course work outside of this transfer plan (examples include prior course work from prerequisites, changing a major, and transfer course work not included in this plan).

Common Prerequisites

These are courses that are required for the noted major at Florida public universities. For more information on common prerequisites, check the statewide advising manual at

Math Pathways

A Math Pathway is the recommended math course sequence that leads to completion of the General Education math requirement that a student would take within his/her Meta-Major. The Meta-Majors are a collection of eight academic clusters that have related courses. The intent of selecting a Meta-Major is to help you choose a major and degree based on your interests, knowledge, skills and abilities. The recommended math pathway for this transfer plan is the Public Safety path; see the program requirements tab for specific courses. Advisors are available on all campuses to discuss Meta-Majors and to help you review transfer institution catalogs for specific math requirements.

Communications Credits
or SPC 1017 Interpersonal Communication
ENC 1102Freshman Comp II +*~3
SLS 1122New Student Experience3
Humanities Credits
HumanitiesSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
HumanitiesSee Gen Ed Institutional Requirement (GR) +*~3
Mathematics Credits
Recommended (MGF 1106) (GR) +*~3
Recommended (MGF 1107) (GR) +*~3
Science Credits
ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Core Requirement ~3
ScienceSee Gen. Ed. Core or Institutional Requirement ~3
Social Science Credits
POS 2041U.S. Government ~#3
Social ScienceSee Gen Ed Institutional Requirement (GR) +*~3
Additional Common Prerequisites
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Economics-Macro +~#
Principles Of Economics-Micro +~#
ElectivesTotal Elective/Foreign Language Credits18
Select one of the following:3
Total Credit Hours60


Certified Fire Officers with documentation of passing the recognized Fire Officer I or Fire Inspector I State of Florida Certification Exam approved by the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training and completing the Fire Officer program at Orange County Mid-Florida Tech Center or TECO (Technical Education Center Osceola) may be eligible for the award of credit toward this program. For information and requirements, visit the Valencia Web site Eligible students should contact the Dean of Social Sciences on any Valencia campus for the review and award of credit.

Specialized courses may not be offered every session or on every campus.