Associate Degree

The Associate of Arts and Science (AAS) degree is a two-year, general education-based academic program with topics covering fine arts and humanities, mathematical and natural sciences, and social sciences.


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An AAS degree can serve as the foundation for many college majors and is generally accepted by other UW System institutions to fulfill the general education courses required for a bachelor’s degree.

Students who started taking classes prior to spring 2020 have the opportunity to earn an associate degree with emphasis. If you are interested in taking a concentration of coursework to specialize in a certain area of study, contact your academic adviser in the Student Affairs Solution Center.

Start here, and transfer anywhere in the UW System to start taking classes as a junior.

Associate Degree Core Requirements


Fine Arts and Humanities (9 credits)

Students must acquire knowledge of ideas, beliefs, and abiding concerns pertaining to the human condition as represented in literature, philosophy and cultural history. They must acquire a level of aesthetic appreciation of the human imagination as expressed in the fine arts, and appreciation of the impact of the arts upon the quality and character of human life.

Mathematical and Natural Sciences (11 credits)

Students must know of the nature and workings of the physical universe. They must understand scientific method, the functions of numerical data and the solving of problems through mathematical and statistical computations, as well as the application of the scientific method in laboratory and experimental work. For this, an appropriate level of computer literacy is required. Students must also be aware of environmental conditions and challenges, the interrelationships of life forms and ecosystems, and the impact of human activities upon natural environments.

Social Sciences (9 credits)

Students must understand the nature and dynamics of human social systems and how and why people organize their lives and resources. In doing so, students will learn about both their own and diverse cultures to acquire a historical perspective on long-term characteristics and consequences of social change and an informed understanding of the variety of human conditions and the interrelationships of nations, regions, peoples and individuals.

Application and Performance (3 credits)

Students must demonstrate an understanding of concepts, theory and knowledge through the application of their skills and understanding to specific problems and activities.

Ethnic Studies (3 credits)

Students must become aware of and sensitive to diversity issues and problems. Courses fulfilling this requirement will have a substantial emphasis on cultural diversity within the United States and examine these issues from at least one of the following perspectives: African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American, and American Indian topics.

Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credits)

Students must acquire an appreciation for the multiple dimensions of any given subject by applying the content, methods and assumptions of two or more disciplines. Students will learn to integrate knowledge from across the curriculum.

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