Associate in Applied Science Degree
The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree program is designed to meet the needs of mid-career adults in a wide range of applied fields. Students select the option, or major, that matches their expertise or profession.
Applied Science Degree Credits
Students usually enter with many of the credits in the career track completed, but not always, from military or civilian training. If the option has not already been completed, students may often use Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to gain college credit for their knowledge. While there are some examinations in auto mechanics and electronics, there are few distance learning opportunities in most of the AAS career tracks. Credits in general education and free electives may be earned by a wide variety of methods.
While the Associate in Applied Science is considered to be a terminal degree, many but not all of the credits may be applied to one of the University’s baccalaureate degrees. Students may earn an Applied Science Associate degree in one of the following areas of study:
- Administrative Studies
- Applied Computer Studies
- Applied Electronic Studies
- Applied Health Sciences
- Aviation Support
- Construction and Facilities Support
- Criminal Justice
- Dental Hygiene*
- Electrical-Mechanical Systems and Maintenance
- Environmental, Safety and Security Technologies
- Mechanics and Maintenance
- Military Technology Leadership**
- Multidisciplinary Technology
- Respiratory Therapy***
With the exception of the Dental Hygiene program, all Associate in Applied Science degree programs are 60-credit programs.
*this is an 86-credit program offered in conjunction with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
**available only to current military personnel and veterans
***available only to current military personnel enrolled in the Interservice Respiratory Therapy Program at Fort Sam Houston.
Leverage Your Training
Have you earned a professional license or certification, or acquired college-level technical expertise on the job? If so, it may be worth college credit. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit, including transferring previous college credits, all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.