Associate in Applied Science Degree Requirements

To graduate with an associate in applied science degree, a student must complete specified coursework in general education, technical specialization, and general electives (see the following section), with an overall grade-point average of no less than 2.0. In addition, students must earn the minimum number of total credits required for each specialization, no fewer than 64. 

General Educationtsas

In addition to curriculum-specific coursework, the associate in applied science degree includes a general education component that is designed to educate and to enlighten students about the world around them. General education courses develop each student's ability to think and communicate effectively; to better understand the many social, cultural, and environmental issues and challenges of the world; to become problem solvers; and to make positive contributions to society. This is achieved through a combination of coursework in the sciences, including mathematics, arts and humanities, and the social sciences. A minimum of 20 credits are dedicated to this component of the degree. 

In this area, a student must complete:

  • courses in the sciences, including mathematics (minimum of three credit hours) and technology;
  • courses in arts and humanities, to include COM 209, Expository Writing and Reading;
  • courses in the social sciences, to include either SSCI 201, Human Relations, or SSCI 202, Social Issues.

The remaining eight to nine credits (at least two additional courses) of the minimum 20 needed to fulfill the general education component of the associate in applied science degree must be taken from two of the three named areas. A maximum of eight credits may be double counted as a required course within the student's program area. 

General Education Course Descriptions:

Agricultural Mechanization
Social Science

Technical Specialization

These are courses designed to develop the necessary scientific knowledge, technical skills, and practical experience required for employment in a professional discipline. Each student must complete all technical courses specified in the selected program of study.

See the following Programs of Study sections for more detailed information on course requirements and descriptions for each program.

General Electives

This component of the degree program allows the individual to pursue courses of personal or professional interest. In this area, a student may choose a number of courses in each program of study specified as electives. These may be chosen from courses offered by the Thompson School or from other selected University undergraduate courses with adviser and administrative approval.