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Associate in Technical Arts Degree/
Associate in Applied Science Degree


If your plan is to prepare to compete for employment in an occupational field, you may choose to earn an Associate in Technical Arts or an Associate in Applied Science degree. Since this degree concentrates on a particular trade or skill, it does not have broad general education requirements. Whether a technical course will transfer or count as a degree requirement for a baccalaureate degree is at the discretion of the transfer college or university.

Degree Requirements

To qualify for the Associate in Technical Arts or Associate in Applied Science degree, you must complete a minimum of 90 credits in subjects numbered 100 or above. You must also achieve a grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.0 ("C" average).

Your courses must be selected in accordance with one of the programs of study outlined in the program section of the catalog. The programs of study are designed to incorporate specific major requirements and also to meet the general distribution requirements listed below.

The 90 credits must include the following related instruction minimum requirements:

Written Communication Skills   3 credits
Health and Fitness  (from list of approved health or P E courses in Health and Fitness distribution (HF)) 3 credits
Computation Skills   3 credits
Human Relations   3 credits

Occupational Major

Programs vary in total credits necessary to obtain a degree, although the minimum requirement is 90 credits. Core program credits are designed to meet occupational skills standards.  

Reviewed 2018