Associate of Arts Degree
The associate of arts (AA) degree readies students for their junior year at the college/university level. This degree totals 64 credits of general education from the following areas–communication, humanities, math, science, social sciences, physical education/wellness, and electives. Students in this program are sometimes referred to as transfer or liberal arts students.
As an associate of arts degree student, you'll encounter many instructors in various departments of the college. Depending on your interests and your chosen major, these departments could include:
- Arts and humanities--Includes courses in art, English, and music
- Business and information technology--Includes courses in agriculture, business, and computer science
- Health, math, and science--Includes courses in math and science
- Social science and education--Includes courses in education, history, physical education, psychology, and sociology, as well as developmental courses
Associate of Science Degree
Students interested in transferring for certain science- or math-related majors may benefit from earning the associate of science degree. This degree totals 64 credits of general education from the following academic areas–communication, humanities/social sciences, math, science, physical education/wellness, and electives–with an emphasis in math or science. As an associate of science student, your chosen major could include biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, pre-dentistry, pre-engineering, pre-med, pre-physical therapy, pre-vet, etc.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
The associate of applied science (AAS) degree is a specialized degree that can be used for immediate entry into the workplace. Emphasis is placed on competence of applying basic principles, theories, and occupational skills. These are two-year programs.
A certificate or diploma is a credential showing completion of a select group of courses that focus on job skills preparation in a 9– or 10–month format. These programs may be used toward completion of an AAS degree.
Associate of applied science degree options include:
- Accounting and information technology
- Administrative office technology
- Agricultural business
- Automotive repair technology
- Business administration
- Business systems networking
- Carpentry and building trades
- Collision repair/refinish
- Crop production
- Electrical technology
- Graphic design
- Industrial maintenance technology
- Livestock production
- LPN and ADN (nursing education)
- Management information systems
- Office skills
- Web development
Associate of Applied Arts Degree
The associate of applied arts (AAA) degree is a specialized degree. Emphasis is placed on competence of applying basic principles, theories, and occupational skills.
Associate of applied arts degree options include: