AAS Degree Requirements

The Associate of Applied Science Degree is designed to provide training in specialized skills that can connect with immediate employment opportunities. It is not intended as a preparation for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, although many credits may transfer to other institutions. To qualify for an A.A.S. degree a candidate must:

  1. Complete a minimum of 60 semester credits of 100- and 200-level courses with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or better in all work attempted; and
  2. Complete a minimum of 15 credits of general education coursework selected from the core listed below; and
  3. Satisfy all core and program requirements with a grade of C- or better in each course. Candidates should reference their program guideline for a full list of requirements for graduation.

NOTE: Individual programs may require specific courses listed under the headings below.

GEM 1 - Written Communication

ENGL-101English Composition GEM1 course  WCHE course 3

GEM 2 - Oral Communication

COMM-101Introduction to Speech Communication GEM2 course  WCHE course 3

GEM 3 - Mathematical Ways of Knowing

Select one of the following:3-5
Contemporary Mathematics WCHE course  GEM3 course  AASID course
Finite Mathematics GEM3 course  WCHE course  AASID course
College Algebra GEM3 course  WCHE course  AASID course
Pre-Calculus GEM3 course  WCHE course  AASID course
Survey of Calculus GEM3 course  WCHE course  AASID course
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I GEM3 course  WCHE course  AASID course
Principles of Applied Statistics GEM3 course  WCHE course  AASID course

GEM 6 - Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing

Select one of the following:3
American Indian Studies GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
Introduction to Anthropology GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
Infancy Through Middle Childhood GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
Mass Media in a Free Society GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
Interpersonal Communication GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
Principles of Economics (Macro) GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
Principles of Economics (Micro) GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
History of Civilization to 1500 GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
History of Civilization Since 1500 GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
History of Civilization 20th Century GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
U.S. History to 1876 GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
U.S. History After 1876 GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
History of the Americas I: First Peoples And Colonial Period GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
History of the Americas II: Since Independence GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
American National Government GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
International Politics and Problems GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
Introduction to Psychology GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
International Politics and Problems GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
Introduction to Psychology GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
Introduction to Sociology GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course
Social Problems GEM6 course  AASID course  WCHE course

Institutionally Designated

Select one of the following:3-5
Any course from GEM 1 or GEM 3-6
Wellness Lifestyles GEM7 course  WCHE course  AASID course
Stress Management GEM7 course  AASID course
First Aid GEM7 course  WCHE course  AASID course

Career and Technical Requirements

In addition to the general education requirements listed above, candidates for an A.A.S. degree must complete 45 credits or more in their specific career and technical program.

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