(1) “A.A. degree” means the Associate of Arts degree.
(2) “A.A.S. degree” means the Associate of Applied Science degree.
(3) “A.A.T. degree” means the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree.
(4) “Arts” means courses that examine aesthetics and the development of the aesthetic form and explore the relationship between theory and practice. Courses in this area may include fine arts, performing and studio arts, appreciation of the arts, and history of the arts.
(5) “A.S. degree” means the Associate of Science degree.
(6) “Biological and physical sciences” means courses that examine living systems and the physical universe. They introduce students to the variety of methods used to collect, interpret, and apply scientific data, and to an understanding of the relationship between scientific theory and application
(6-1) “Associate of Science in Engineering (A.S.E.)” means a degree that recognizes a mastery in engineering and that:
(a) Meets the lower-level degree academic content, outcomes, and requirements for engineering education, similar to the first two years of a parallel baccalaureate program in engineering education;
(b) Requires at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 grade scale in all courses required by the degree program in computer science, engineering, mathematics, and the physical and natural sciences; and
(c) If conferred, transfers without further review or course-by-course match by Maryland public and participating independent four-year institutions into a parallel baccalaureate program, except that transfer students may be treated like native students with regard to credits earned through Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and transcripted credits.
(7) “English composition courses” means courses that provide students with communication knowledge and skills appropriate to various writing situations, including intellectual inquiry and academic research.
(8) “General education” means the foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students.
(9) “General education program” means a program that is designed to:
(a) Introduce undergraduates to the fundamental knowledge, skills, and values that are essential to the study of academic disciplines;
(b) Encourage the pursuit of life-long learning; and
(c) Foster the development of educated members of the community and the world.
(10) “Humanities” means courses that examine the values and cultural heritage that establish the framework for inquiry into the meaning of life. Courses in the humanities may include the language, history, literature, and philosophy of Western and other cultures.
(11) “Mathematics” means courses that provide students with numerical, analytical, statistical, and problem-solving skills.
(12) “Native student” means a student whose initial college enrollment was at a given institution of higher education and who has not transferred to another institution of higher education since that initial enrollment.
(13) “Parallel program” means the program of study or courses at one institution of higher education which has comparable objectives as those at another higher education institution. For example, a transfer program in psychology in a community college is definable as a parallel program to a baccalaureate psychology program at a 4-year institution of higher education.
(14) “Receiving institution” means the institution of higher education at which a transfer student currently desires to enroll.
(15) “Recommended transfer program” means a planned program of courses, both general education and courses in the major, taken at a community college, which is applicable to a baccalaureate program at a receiving institution, and ordinarily the first 2 years of the baccalaureate degree.
(16) “Sending institution” means the institution of higher education of most recent previous enrollment by a transfer student at which transferable academic credit was earned.
(17) “Social and behavioral sciences” means courses that examine the psychology of individuals and the ways in which individuals, groups, or segments of society behave, function, and influence one another. The courses include, but are not limited to, subjects which focus on:
(a) History and cultural diversity;
(b) Concepts of groups, work, and political systems;
(c) Applications of qualitative and quantitative data to social issues; and
(d) Interdependence of individuals, society, and the physical environment.
(18) “Transfer student” means a student entering an institution for the first time having successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester hours at another institution which is applicable for credit at the institution the student is entering.