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Palm Beach State College

College Catalog 2017-2018

Palm Beach State College

Areas of Study

Palm Beach State College offers several different types of awards for its academic programs including bachelor’s and associate degrees, certificates and diplomas. This catalog section contains detailed information about each program of study offered by the College. This information is also available at This website provides the same information on courses included in each program and presents information that complements the presentation in the catalog, such as a suggested educational plan (course sequence). The website allows the student to check availability of classes needed for an educational program by linking directly to the College’s online registration system, PantherWeb. Because the web system is dynamic, some courses may have updated course numbers due to State Course Numbering System actions.


Another useful online tool students should become familiar with is the degree audit. A degree audit allows your college transcript to be automatically compared against all needed courses for your selected academic program. The degree audit indicates what courses you have satisfied within the program and provides a listing of courses still needed for program completion. The degree audit may be accessed by signing onto the PantherWeb system using the student’s College-issued user-id and password. The degree audit function is located on the Records tab on the student’s home page. For a tutorial on how to run a degree audit, visit the website.  The College strongly encourages students to use these online tools in addition to the personalized advising available at each of the college’s campuses and through web advising,


This section of the catalog contains detailed information on the degrees and certificates awarded by the College. These awards are organized by program group, which lists all programs in a curriculum area. For example, all health care programs, such as Nursing and Dental Hygiene, are listed together in a program group called Health Science. The website at is organized in exactly the same way.

Sometimes an academic program leads to a job title or career not indicated by the title of the program. To help the student locate a needed or desired program, the College has developed an online “keyword” search.  The student may enter job titles and see what academic program offers education related to that area. For example, if the job title “police officer” is entered, the programs related to the Criminal Justice area are displayed.

Each program contained in this section of the catalog lists all courses needed for program completion. All degree programs require general education courses. To see all general education courses offered by the college, please see the General Education section of this Catalog.

Palm Beach State College awards associate and bachelor’s degrees:

  • B.A.S. – Bachelor of Applied Science
  • B.S.N. – Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • A.A. – Associate in Art
  • A.S. – Associate in Science

The College offers certificate and diploma programs in a variety of fields:

  • ATC – Advanced Technical Certificate
  • ATD – Applied Technology Diploma
  • CCC – College Credit Certificate
  • CPP – Certificate of Professional Preparation
  • PSAV – Post Secondary Adult Vocational Certificate

Through Corporate and Continuing Education, the College also offers noncredit courses in various fields to meet the learning and professional development needs of the community.


This degree is designed for students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree after earning an associate degree (or at least 60 credits with 15 credits of transferable general education) to gain career advancement.

This degree is designed for students who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree after earning an associate degree (or at least 60 credits with 15 credits of transferable general education) to gain career advancement.

This degree is designed for students who wish to transfer to an upper division college or university.

This degree is designed for students who wish to enter the workforce in a skilled field.

Certificates and Diplomas

These certificate programs are designed for students who have already earned an associate degree. They provide advanced skills in a specific area to be studied.

These programs are either clock-hour noncredit or credit hour based. They provide entry-level courses in a specific area that usually can be applied towards an associate in science degree.

A college-level program to prepare baccalaureate degree holders for licensure, certification, credentialing, examinations or other demonstrations of competency necessary for entry into professional occupations.

These programs provide the student with a set of technical skills in a specific area of study. Each college credit certificate applies towards an associate in science degree.

These are clock-hour based noncredit programs that provide the student with broad entry-level skills in the chosen field of study. Many of these programs can apply towards an associate in science degree.

A meta-major is a collection of academic programs that have common or related content, and the intent is for Florida College System institutions to be able to advise associate degree seeking students based on the selection of a meta-major academic pathway. There are eight meta-majors, and each has gateway courses in English and mathematics that are appropriate for the meta-major. View more details.