Social and Life Sciences

Social and Life Sciences

The Social and Life Sciences division offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Science in Teaching programs for students transferring to a university, as well as career oriented one-year technical certificate programs and two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees. While the division's academic programs are diverse in their offerings, all courses are designed to build critical thinking and problem-solving skills that students will need as they enter the workforce or transfer to four-year degree programs.


Associate of Applied Science Degrees

Early Childhood Education
Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Technical Certificates

Central Processing Technology
Early Childhood Education
Surgical Technology

General Education

History and Social Sciences

General Education Certificate Expressway Cohort in Pre-Allied Health

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NSCC Expressway Fast Track Cohort programs allow you to reach your degree goal in the fastest time possible. The Pre-Allied Health certificate cohort helps you complete the general education requirements for a variety of health careers, including nursing, so you can start taking classes in your major sooner. Talk to an advisor and visit for more Expressway Cohort Program information.

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees Tennessee Transfer Pathways

Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) help students transfer to a Tennessee public university to complete their baccalaureate degree. Completing all the courses listed on a particular Tennessee Transfer Pathway will earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at Nashville State and all courses are guaranteed to count toward that university major.

The prescribed curriculum for each Transfer Pathway must be followed exactly to ensure all hours transfer. Talk to an advisor, see the NSCC Catalog, and visit for more TTP information. View TTP video

AA/AS Tennessee Transfer Pathways Course Requirements (PDF documents)
Exercise Science A.S. Degree
History A.A. Degree
History A.S. Degree
Political Science A.A. Degree
Political Science A.S. Degree
Pre-Health Professions A.S. Degree
Pre-Nursing A.S. Degree
Pre-Occupational Therapy A.S. Degree
Pre-Physical Therapy A.S. Degree
Psychology A.A. Degree
Psychology A.S. Degree
Social Work A.A. Degree
Social Work A.S. Degree
Sociology A.A. Degree
Sociology A.S. Degree

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees Areas of Emphasis

Students can choose to earn an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis at Nashville State, then transfer to a four-year university to complete their baccalaureate degree. AA/AS degree areas of emphasis courses do not represent requirements for any specific university.

In planning the courses to be taken at Nashville State, students first choose the four-year university that they plan to attend, consult the catalog of the transfer university for specific degree requirements, and meet with their Nashville State advisor to match up the courses offered at Nashville State with the courses required at their future four-year university.

AA/AS Area of Emphasis Course Requirements (PDF documents)
Child Development and Family Relations (A.S. Only)
Early Childhood Education (A.S. Only)
Elementary Education (A.S. Only)
Middle Grades Education (A.S. Only)
Pre-Nursing (A.S. Only)
Secondary Education (A.S. Only)
Special Education (A.S. Only)

Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) Degrees

Please see the Catalog or the Education Programs website for more information on the K-6 Elementary Education A.S.T. degree program, or the Early Childhood Education program website for more information on the Early Childhood Education Pre K-3rd A.S.T. degree program.

A.S.T. Degree Programs Advising Sheets (PDF documents):
Associate of Science in Teaching - K-6 Elementary Education
Associate of Science in Teaching - Early Childhood Education Pre K-3rd

Contact Information

Samuel Hook, Division Secretary
Phone: 615-353-3347 • Office D-15

Julie Williams, Division Dean
Phone: 615-353-3346 • Office D-16

Division Fax Number: 615-353-3376

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Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

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