The Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees are general transfer degrees. Completion of either program indicates the student has completed a course of study equivalent to the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees do not officially include a major or minor course of study; nevertheless, students do complete a 24 credit program of study option for either an A.A. or A.S. degree.

Minimum Requirements for A.A. and A.S.

  • Completion of 60 semester credit hours, 15 credits of which are at the 200 level.
  • Completion of 36 credits in General Education and 24 Credits in a Program of Study.
  • An overall GPA of 2.25 upon completion of the degree.
  • A grade of “C-” or higher in each course in the program of study.

Distinction between the Two Degrees

A: A.A. Degree (5+ credits in social science/humanities):
Students seeking an A.A. degree must complete an additional 5+ credits in humanities/social science—these additional credits must include one foreign language course.
B: A.S. Degree (5+ credits in math/science):
Students seeking an A.S. degree must complete an additional 5+ credits in math/science. Students must complete the second half of one of the science sequences noted above.

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program is designed to meet the needs of mid-career adults in a wide range of applied fields. Students select the option, or major, that matches their expertise or profession.

Are AAS credits transferable?

While some students who earn an associate degree may transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree, it’s important to note that some AAS courses are not granted transfer equivalency credit, nor will they fulfill the general education requirements of a bachelor’s degree program. If a four-year college degree is in your future, it is more advantageous to earn an AA or AS degree from a regionally accredited community college or a community college that has established articulation agreements with four-year institutions.

Benefits of Earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree

Many of the benefits associated with earning an associate of applied science degree are the same as those for other associate degrees, but the biggest benefit of earning an AAS is that it is one of the fastest, most cost-effective ways of preparing for a career.
Typically, a bachelor’s degree is the best preparation for entry-level career positions. However, when you take into account that an associate of applied science degree is far less expensive and that the programs teach real-world skills that are immediately applicable in the workplace, the argument could be made that an AAS is a better option in some situations. These degrees can be particularly valuable in fields like Journalism, IT, and computer science where employers are less concerned about your degree and more concerned about your skills set.

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