Degrees and Certificates Defined
The following descriptions of the three degree and certificate programs offered by
the College are for comparative purposes only. In planning a program of study, students
are to be guided by the academic programs presented in the section "Programs of Study"
and select their courses in consultation with an advisor.
Associate In Arts (AA)
This degree is primarily for transfer programs which lead to the Bachelor of Arts
degree. The curriculum is composed largely of courses in the liberal arts and sciences.
Associate In Science (AS)
This degree may be used for certain occupationally-oriented curricula, but is primarily
for transfer programs which lead to the Bachelor of Science degree. The curricula
are composed largely of courses in their respective disciplines.
Associate In Applied Science (AAS)
This degree is primarily for occupationally oriented curricula, but may at times be
appropriate as a transfer degree to certain types of specialized Baccalaureate programs.
A Certificate is a credential registered by the State Education Department and issued
by the College in recognition of the completion of a curriculum other than one leading
to a degree. A Certificate program can be completed in a shorter time than the Associate
degree program — sometimes in less than a year. Designed for those eager to enter
the work force, Certificate programs at the College offer career preparation in several
different areas. Another advantage of the Certificate program is that most of the
credits earned may be applied to a related Associate degree program. Students attend
the same classes as degree candidates and are graded on the same basis.