Rochester Institute of Technology

Articulation Agreement
College of Applied Science & Technology (CAST)
Center for Multidisciplinary Studies (CMS)
Applied Arts & Sciences Degree Program


The intention of this articulation agreement is to set forth the principles of mutual understanding that are necessary to form, maintain and communicate transfer articulation information between Rochester Institute of Technology and Dallas County Community College District. The goal of this agreement will always be to meet the educational and informational needs of transfer students, and to facilitate access for all qualified students.

A review of Dallas County Community College District's current catalog (2004-2006) has been conducted to determine the transfer status of their academic programs. This agreement establishes procedures to ensure admission of qualified students from the following Dallas County Community College District Associate in Applied Science, Associate in Science, and Associate in Art degree programs; Brookhaven-Farmers Branch, Mountain View-Southwest DallasEl Centro-Downtown Dallas, Richland-North Dallas, and Dallas TeleCollege-Distance Learning into Rochester Institute of Technology's Applied Arts & Science baccalaureate degree program.


1. To promote an efficient transition of qualified transfer students from Dallas County Community College District to Rochester Institute of Technology.

2. To enable Dallas County Community College District students who meet admission requirements a prescribed sequence of courses to transfer to RIT.

3. To ensure transferability of credit for comparable coursework and credit equivalent learning applicable to the academic program at RIT.

4. To encourage academic coordination and administrative interactions, including curricular and administrative collaboration.

5. To provide for the exchange of information on successes and failures of this transfer program in order to improve this agreement.


1. Admissions. Students are expected to consult with an advisor from the Applied Arts & Sciences department and complete the application procedures for transfer students as outlined in RIT's current undergraduate catalog, Transfer students must meet all RIT and CMS entry requirements and be in good standing at DCCCD.

2. Transfer Credit.
Transfer credit is awarded only for courses completed with a grade of "C-" or better. Completed courses below this level may affect the year standing of the applicant. All transfer credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis relative to degree requirements.

Students completing an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Applied Science degree may reasonably expect to receive 90 hours of transfer credit at RIT, if all grades meet the above criterion. Students completing coursework in addition to, or beyond the Associate degree level, may be eligible for additional transfer credit at the upper division level. RIT policy limits undergraduate transfer credit to 135 quarter hours.

3. Year Level. Most students with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Applied Science or an Associate in Science are able to enter at the junior level and complete the bachelor’s degree in two years of fulltime study. If a student selects a professional concentration that requires foundation coursework or decides to pursue the optional co-op experience, additional quarters for degree completion may be necessary. Specific year level of students will be determined after a course-by-course evaluation of their program at Dallas County Community College District has been completed.

4. Program and Course Changes. Each institution shall communicate to the other any changes affecting this agreement and mutually manage any resultant change in articulation documents to facilitate its continuation. RIT and DCCCD will meet on at least an annual basis to maintain communication and update changes, modifications, and/or new options.

5. Time Limits. This agreement will be reviewed every two years.

6. Maintenance. Appointed liaison officials will explore as appropriate the possibility of forming additional articulation programs that are mutually agreeable and in keeping with the basic components of this articulation agreement.

7. Publications, Marketing, and Communication. When specifically referring to this agreement and/or the corresponding institution by name in publications, electronic or print advertising, the initiating institution will secure in advance the prior written approval of the other.

8. Policy. Should the precepts of this agreement come in conflict with established policy at either institution, the established policy will take precedent and the agreement will be reviewed for possible modification as appropriate and mutually agreeable.

9. Agreement Continuation And Dissolution. This agreement shall be reviewed on an annual basis or any time program changes are to be made by either institution. Any program changes will be identified and incorporated into subsequent agreements. The DCCCD Chancellor and the RIT Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology, or their designees must approve amendments to this agreement. Any other modifications to this agreement may be made following written notice from the DCCCD Chancellor and the RIT Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology, or their designees. Once this agreement is signed by the appropriate officials at DCCCD and RIT, each is free to publicize this arrangement in a manner consistent with the agreement. This articulation agreement shall remain in effect until one or both institutions deem it necessary to terminate it.


Students often find themselves in need of a program that is high in quality, offers flexibility, and recognizes prior college-level learning. The College of Applied Science and Technology offers students the opportunity to tailor an individualized program that satisfies these requirements through its Applied Arts and Science degree program.

The bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Science permits students to incorporate two to four different professional and/or technical concentrations selected specifically to meet their unique career and personal goals. The baccalaureate program consists of 94 core quarter hour credits (62 semester hours) in general education plus 86 quarter credit hours (58 semester hours) in 2-4 professional concentration areas. One concentration area is frequently developed from the students associate degree level coursework. Currently concentrations may be done in the following areas:

Health Administration*
Applied Computing*
Public Relations/Communications*
Safety & Health Technology*
Quality Management*
Reliability Maintenance*
International Logistics & Transportation*
Technical Communication*
Organizational Change Leadership
Disaster & Emergency Management*
Human Resource Management
Environmental Management*
Desktop Publishing
Structural Design*
Deaf Studies
Electrical*, Mechanical* or Manufacturing Technology
Graphic Communications

*concentrations are available online-see attachment A for detail

For example; students may, with their advisor, submit a bachelor’s degree proposal to the CMS faculty committee that includes concentrations in computing, graphic arts and management or one that combines communications and management. These are just examples of some of the possibilities available to students. All degree plans must be approved by the CMS faculty committee and department chair. Individual concentrations in the degree program are subject to faculty approval and concentration/course availability at the time the proposal is reviewed by CMS faculty. Students are encouraged to meet with an RIT advisor during their DCCCD studies to discuss transfer, available concentrations, and possible prerequisite courses.

Students may choose courses available in an online learning format to complete upper-level requirements or combine the online courses with on-campus courses at RIT. These online classes are designed to fit into RIT’s academic calendar but allow students the flexibility of anytime, anywhere access. Students interested in completing concentrations through online learning should refer to RIT’s Part-time/Online Guide. Students must meet (in-person, online, or telephonically) with an advisor to customize their individual learning plan and choose from concentrations available at the time of their application to RIT.

When evaluating an associate degree program for transfer into the Applied Arts & Sciences degree, all transfer credit is evaluated on a course-by-course basis as it applies to the degree program and the concentration requirements. The following guidelines are used:

1. The general education core consists of:

  • 8 quarter credits (6 semester hours) of college level mathematics
  • 4 quarter credits (3 semester hours) of computer literacy or programming
  • 12 quarter credits (8 semester hours) of science
  • 4 quarter credits (3 semester hours) of English composition
  • 4 quarter credits (3 semester hours) of literature
  • 4 quarter credits (3 semester hours) of communication electives
  • 8 quarter credits (6 semester hours) of humanities
  • 8 quarter credits (6 semester hours) of social science
  • 8 quarter credits (6 semester hours) of mathematics or science electives
  • 28 quarter credits (19 semester hours) of advanced liberal arts courses
  • 2 quarter credits of RIT Senior Seminar

2. Professional concentrations must contain a least 20 quarter hour credits (14 semester hours) of course material that is interrelated or shares a common focus or theme.

3. A maximum of 54 quarter credit hours (36 semester hours) of freshman/sophomore level credits will be transferred into the professional concentration area.

4. The Association of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) limits the total number of credits in general business and management that may be included in any nonbusiness degree, though the degree may include business concentrations. The Applied Arts & Sciences degree is a nonbusiness degree; it is a multidisciplinary degree. Professional concentrations developed for the bachelor’s degree will need to adhere to AACSB credit limits and that may preclude some additional business concentrations. Students transferring in degrees with business majors are encouraged to speak with an Applied Arts & Sciences advisor.

5. All concentrations are subject to availability and students must meet program and concentration entrance requirements and prerequisites.

6. Credit may be available for nontraditional coursework through ACE, PONSI, Credit by Examination, or Credit by Experience. Students should discuss these possibilities with their advisor early in the program advising process.


This agreement shall be reviewed on an annual basis or any time program changes are to be made by either institution. Any program changes will be identified and incorporated into subsequent agreements. The DCCCD Chancellor and the RIT CAST Dean, or their designees must approve amendments to this agreement. Any other modifications to this agreement may be made following written notice from the DCCCD Chancellor and the RIT CAST Dean or their designees. Once this agreement is signed by the appropriate officials at DCCCD and RIT, each is free to publicize this arrangement in a manner consistent with the agreement. This articulation agreement shall remain in effect until one or both institutions deem it necessary to terminate it.

By signing, each party recognizes the commitment to exchange only the most current and accurate information. This agreement may be terminated by either party by giving written notice of said party's intention to the Chancellor of the DCCCD or his designee and the RIT CAST Dean, or his designee.

Articulation Agreement
College of Applied Science & Technology
Applied Arts & Sciences Degree Program


This agreement is executed by the authorized representatives of Dallas County Community College District and Rochester Institute of Technology.


Rochester Institute of Technology

________________________    _______
Wiley R. McKinzie                    Date
College of Applied Science and Technology

________________________    _______
James Myers, Ph.D.                  Date
Multidisciplinary Studies

________________________    _______
Linda Tolan                            Date
Associate Dean
College of Applied Science Technology

________________________    _______
Daniel R. Shelley, Ph.D.            Date
Director of Admissions
Dallas County Community College District

________________________    _______
Dr. Jesus "Jess" Carreon           Date

________________________    _______
Dr. Richard McCrary                  Date
Interim Vice-Chancellor, Center for Educational Affairs

Attachment A

Quality RIT Education with Online Convenience

Professional Concentrations
Available for Online Learning

Applied Computing

A comprehensive sequence developed to deliver the background necessary to help you enter or advance in the field of software development. In addition, courses could provide a bridge to masters’ programs in computer science, software development and management, telecommunications information technology or other computer-oriented fields. Requirements include computer literacy and a background in high school or associate level algebra.

Applied Computing
Course # Course Title
0602-208 Introduction to Programming
0602-210 Programming with Classes
0602-340 Computer Concepts and Software Systems
0602-341 Data Communications and Computer Networks
0602-360 Introduction to Database and Database Modeling
0614-477 Networking Technologies

Disaster and Emergency Management

This sequence (which can also be taken as a certificate) is designed for emergency professionals including volunteer fire fighters, police officers, emergency medical service workers and safety managers. It can also benefit governmental and industrial emergency planners, aspiring emergency professionals and emergency professionals needing additional skills to prepare for management opportunities.

Disaster and Emergency Management
Course # Course Title
0634-311 Earth Science
0634-321 Manmade Hazards
0634-401 Emergency Preparedness Law
0634-471 Emergency Planning and Methodology
0634-481 Emergency Operations
0634-475 Terrorism

Health Systems Administration

Health care is a dramatically changing field. This concentration helps you prepare or keep pace with an overview of the development, structure and current forces transforming the field. This sequence, which can be taken as a certificate program, prepares you for health care management opportunities and further develops your skills as a professional.

Health Systems Administration
Course # Course Title
0635-310 Survey of Health Care Systems
0635-320 Health Systems Administration
0635-351 Health Care Economics and Finance
0635-421 Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration
0635-431 Health Care Quality
0635-441 Health Planning and Program Development

This program is ideal for managers who are being promoted from within their organizations. These courses are designed to provide managers or aspiring managers with a theoretical framework for decision making and supervision. This concentration will help to fill in gaps in an individual’s knowledge base while capitalizing on the results of a student’s practical, experiential learning.

Course # Course Title
0101-435 Role of Accounting in the Organization
0102-405 Introduction to Work Organizations
0102-406 Management Concepts
0104-420 Theory and Applications in Basic Financial Concepts
0105-440 Internet Marketing
0105-415 Introduction to Marketing
0106-425 Tools of Total Quality Management

Public Relations Certificate

The success of organizations depends on their relationships with the public and stakeholders that are important to them. These can include investors and donors, employees, customers, representatives of government, the media, and the communities they operate within. These courses are designed to provide students with the tools and understanding needed to develop and maintain good public relations for their companies and organizations.

Public Relations
Course # Course Title Credits
0688-347 Promotional Writing 2
0688-348 Managing the Project 2
0688-350 Introduction to Public Relations 2
0688-352 Writing for the Organization II 2
0688-353 Scripting 2
0688-354 Speechwriting 2
0688-356 Strategic Public Relations 2
0681-264 Advertising Evaluation and Technology 4
0688-357 Media Relations 2

Quality Management

Developed in cooperation with industry, the courses in quality management can help you develop a total quality management environment to combine the theory and practice of statistical quality control with leadership, teamwork and problem solving concepts and skills. Ultimately it can help companies reduce the costs of poor quality practices and reap the rewards that come with an effective program. You can earn the certificate in basic quality by completing the first three courses in the concentration and the certificate in quality implementation by completing the last three courses. Two courses from the management concentration—Marketing for Total Customer Satisfaction and Tools for Total Quality Management—may also be applied to this concentration.

Quality Management
Course # Course Title
0684-310 Introduction to Quality
0684-320 Basic SQC Techniques
0684-330 Leadership Skills for Quality
0684-340 Statistics for Total Quality
0684-410 Costing for Quality
0684-430 Implementing Total Quality
Safety and Health Technology

There is a growing industry demand for safety and health professionals who can assume leadership positions soon after entering the workforce. Professional courses address an organization’s immediate safety needs, which range from creating physically safer workplaces and modifying employee behaviors to implementing voluntary programs that protect companies and employees beyond legal standards.

Safety and Health Technology
Course # Course Title
0630-450 Occupational Health
0630-454 Occupational Safety
0633-401 Fire Protection
0633-540 System Safety/Incident Investigation
0633-545 Safety & Health Program Management
0630-500 Risk Assessment, Management & Communication

Structural Design

This certificate is designed for individuals with an AAS or equivalent degree in civil engineering technology who are currently employed in a design environment (consulting engineering firm or architecture-engineering firm). These individuals need formal training in proper design techniques to better perform those preliminary design functions that might be allocated to them under the supervision and guidance of a licensed professional engineer. The program also benefits those with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, civil engineering technology or architecture currently employed in a design environment, who feel a need for additional training in structural design.

Structural Design
Course # Course Title
0608-404 Applied Mechanics
0608-490 Structural Analysis
0608-470 Timber Design
0608-496 Reinforced Concrete Design
0608-497 Structural Steel Design

Technical Communications

As the technology sector grows so does the need for communicators who can skillfully communicate many kinds of information to wide and varied audiences. This sequence of courses will give you a solid foundation for entering or advancing in this field. Courses can also be taken toward completion of a certificate. Students are expected to have a command of standard written English prose before beginning this concentration.

Technical Communication
Course # Course Title
0688-333 Technical Writing and Editing
0688-361 Research Techniques
0688-362 Instructional Design Techniques
0688-363 Techniques for Document Design
0688-365 Writing for the Sciences
0688-366 Managing Media Presentations


As a student in this concentration, you will develop a broad understanding of this exciting, ever changing industry. More importantly, you will be better able to take advantage of the exciting career choices in working with telecommunications systems or selling related goods and services. Courses can also be taken for certificates in data or voice communications as well as telecommunications network management.

Course # Course Title
0614-271 Telecommunication Fundamentals
0614-464 Signaling, Transmission & Switching in Voice Communications
0614-475 Switching Technologies
0614-477 Networking Technologies
0614-479 Network Management
0614-480 Telecommunications Policy and Issues

Environmental Management

This program offers an opportunity for practicing professionals to supplement their education with current environmental information. The program may be used as a stepping stone toward a degree by individuals with some college background who wish to advance in their careers. Certificate programs also can be used as professional concentrations in RIT’s BS in Applied Arts and Science degree program or the BS in Environmental Management and Technology, also available through online learning. The two certificates are Environmental Management Science (3 courses) and Industrial Environmental Management (6 courses).

Environmental Management
Course # Course Title
0630-201 Principles of Environmental Management
0630-371 Geology for Environmental Management
0630-381 Hydrology for Environmental Management
0630-350 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management
0630-352 Industrial Waste Management
0630-354 Air Emissions Management
0630-361 Monitoring and Measurement for Environmental Management
0630-444 Remedial Investigation/Corrective Action Electives
Reliability Maintenance

The RIT Reliability Maintenance certificate program prepares individuals to implement a reliability based maintenance strategy within an organization. Emphasis is placed equally on understanding the theory underlying reliability and the application of tools and software that participants can use immediately on the job. Some topics of instruction include root cause analysis, failure mode and effects analysis, maintenance strategies, probability distributions, and spare parts forecasting. Students will learn to apply reliability techniques and use industry standard software through completing individual and group assignments.

Reliability Maintenance
Course Titles
Reliability I
Reliability II
Reliability III
Reliability IV
Statistics for Total Quality
Problem Investigation Isolation Analysis
Report Writing