A. In this chapter, the following terms have the meanings indicated.
B. Terms Defined.
(1) "A.A. degree" means the Associate of Arts degree.
(2) "A.A.S. degree" means the Associate of Applied Sciences degree.
(3) “A.A.T. degree” means the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree.
(4) “A.F.A. degree” means the Associate of Fine Arts degree.
(5) “Arts” means courses that examine aesthetics and the development of the aesthetic form and explore the relationship between theory and practice.
(6) "A.S. degree" means the Associate of Sciences degree.
(7) “A.S.E. degree” means the Associate of Science in Engineering degree.
(8) “Associate’s degree” includes an:
(a) A.A. degree;
(b) A.S. degree;
(c) A.A.S. degree;
(d) A.A.T. degree;
(e) A.F.A. degree; and
(f) A.S.E degree.
(9) "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.
(10) “Cumulative grade point average” means the average of grades received for completed coursework at all institutions attended.
(11) "English composition courses" means courses that provide students with communication knowledge and skills appropriate to various writing situations, including intellectual inquiry and academic research.
(12) "General education" means the foundation of the higher education curriculum providing a coherent intellectual experience for all students.
(13) "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.
(14) “Humanities” means courses that examine the values and cultural heritage that establish the framework for inquiry into the meaning of life.
(15) "Mathematics" means courses that provide students with numerical, analytical, statistical, and problem-solving skills.
(16) "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.
(17) “Parallel program” means the program of study or courses at one institution of higher education that has parallel courses and 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.
(18) "Receiving institution" means the institution of higher education at which a transfer student currently desires to enroll.
(19) “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 half of the baccalaureate degree.
(20) “Reverse transfer” means a process whereby credits that a student earns at any public senior higher education institution in the State toward a bachelor’s degree are transferrable to any community college in the State for credit toward an associate’s degree.
(21) "Sending institution" means the institution of higher education of most recent previous enrollment by a transfer student at which transferable academic credit was earned.
(22) “Social and behavioral sciences” means courses that are concerned with the examination of society and the relationships among individuals within a society.
(23) “Transfer student” means a student entering an institution for the first time having successfully completed a minimum of 12 semester hours at another institution that are applicable for credit at the institution the student is entering.