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Overview of Degree Requirements


AA, AS and AAT degrees are an embodiment of NCTC's goal to provide quality freshman and sophomore level courses in arts and sciences that parallel the lower division offerings of four-year colleges and universities by offering a coherent sequence of courses with appropriate breadth and depth to prepare students for transfer to a university. To earn both the Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degrees, the minimum requirements for each must be met where 15 college-level semester hours must be earned at NCTC.

The AAS and certificates represent NCTC's goal to provide quality technical programs leading directly to careers in semi-skilled and skilled occupations by offering a coherent sequence of courses with appropriate breadth and depth to prepare students for success in the workforce.

To graduate, students must complete the degree requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Degree Requirements Semester Credit Hours
Associate of Arts (AA) Core Curriculum Courses 42
Electives* 18
Total Minimum Required Hours 60
Associate of Science (AS) Core Curriculum Courses 42
Electives* 6 or 7
Additional Advanced Mathematics Course 3 or 4
Two Additional Science Courses 8
Total Minimum Required Hours 60
Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) Specific degree requirements for grades EC-6, 4-8, and Secondary are listed in current catalog
Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) General Education Courses 15
Technical Courses (per degree plan) Varies
Proficiency With Computers (per degree plan) Varies

*Elective courses should be based on the degree requirements for your chosen Major Field of Study at the university you wish to attend. Transfer electives generally meet basic university degree requirements for a Major Field of Study. Recommended electives generally transfer, but they may not meet university Major Field of Study requirements. Either Transfer or Recommended electives will satisfy NCTC degree requirements.