Majors and Certificate Programs

All associate degree majors are designed to fully reflect the faculty’s philosophy of curriculum as stated in “A Definition of an Educated Person.”

There are two types of associate degree majors: occupational and transfer, as well as occupational certificate programs.

Occupational Majors

Occupational programs are designed primarily to prepare graduates for entry-level employment in positions which require both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Bucks offers occupational programs in fields as varied as accounting, chef apprenticeship, graphic design, medical assistant, microcomputer applications, networking technology, nursing, and paralegal.

Although occupational programs are designed for students seeking employment immediately after completion, many of the courses in these programs will transfer to baccalaureate institutions. Transfer of these courses is made easier because of the College's accreditation by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Business Studies Department's accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), the Arts Department's accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and the Associate Degree Nursing Program's accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Consult with the office of Advising and Transfer Services for information about the transferability of courses.

All occupational programs are guided by advisory committees. Practitioners in the various fields meet with College faculty to discuss the skills and abilities needed for the job market. These advisory committees and the ongoing evaluation they provide ensure that the College's occupational programs are relevant and up-to-date.

Occupational degree programs require four or more semesters of full-time study for completion and include courses that provide both concentrated study in a particular field and general education designed to broaden a student's knowledge and skills beyond the area of concentration.

Occupational certificate programs usually require two or more semesters for completion, and all the required courses focus on occupational skills.

Transfer Majors

Transfer programs are designed to parallel the first two years of study in a variety of subject areas at the baccalaureate institutions to which our students most frequently transfer. Transfer of course credits is determined entirely by the receiving institution. Students planning to transfer to a bachelor degree granting institution are encouraged to obtain a current catalog for that institution. Bucks' courses should be selected to parallel the requirements at that institution. Many area colleges and universities have transfer (articulation) agreements with Bucks County Community College. Information on these agreements can be obtained in the academic department offices and at Transfer + Planning.

The type of major does not necessarily limit a student’s options after completion. Students who complete an occupational major may successfully transfer many of their credits to a baccalaureate institution. Students who complete a transfer major may successfully secure entry level employment after graduation.

Students must work closely with an academic advisor in choosing courses for a major. While the responsibility for the selection of courses is the student’s, the advice and help of an academic advisor is based upon knowledge and experience and can aid the student in making wise and constructive major and course decisions.

Most majors are designed to be completed in four semesters of full-time (15 to 17 credits) study. A variety of circumstances such as a change in major, or required work in English, mathematics or reading as a result of placement testing, may require a longer time for completion. A recommended sequence of courses is provided for each semester. This schedule is given as a guide for students in planning their course selections. Students are urged to complete all courses required by placement testing immediately. The time of year a student enters a major may require the student to depart from the recommended sequence. In any case, students must work with an academic advisor in planning their individual courses of study.

Certificate Programs

A certificate of completion is awarded to a student who successfully completes a prescribed program. Depending on the program, certificate requirements may be completed in one or more semesters. All required courses in certificate programs focus on developing occupational skills. Credits earned in a certificate program may be applied toward an associate degree.

Online Majors

Visit Bucks Online to see which of the programs of study listed below can be completed in their entirety through eLearning courses.

A Definition of an Educated Person

A Statement from the Faculty

Education can help us live more complete and meaningful lives by nurturing essential values and skills. By valuing uniqueness and diversity, we accept our responsibility for their protection. By valuing open-minded inquiry, we may accept that, while we can seek certainties, perspectives may be the best we can gain. By valuing growth as a lifelong process and recognizing change as inevitable, we may work towards goals whose fruition may lie beyond our lifetime. By valuing the ability to analyze and make reasoned judgments, we may gain insights into ourselves and our world and a greater understanding of the interdependency of all things. By valuing the ability to communicate, we may give expression to our vision of the world where people can work cooperatively to improve their environment and the condition of their lives.

We believe that the curriculum of Bucks County Community College must endeavor to nurture such values and foster such skills. It must seek to empower its students by making them aware of the influences that affect their lives and confident of their ability to effect change in their lives and in the world. It must help them to make connections among disciplines, help them develop an integrated view of knowledge, and help them recognize that their use of knowledge always carries consequences, as well as moral and ethical responsibilities.

Below are the Associate's Degree Program majors and academic certificates, arranged by department. Click here to jump to the alphabetical list.


Business Studies

Health Sciences

Kinesiology and Sport Studies

Language and Literature

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Social & Behavioral Science

Special Non-Degree Programs

* These programs may require departmental approval for entering applicants.

Alphabetical Listing

Transfer Programs 

Occupational Programs 

Certificate Programs

* These programs may require departmental approval for entering applicants.