Programs of Study

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree is awarded when you complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of classes, including the specified general education requirements for the degree, with a grade-point average of at least 2.0. Coursework focuses on classes in the humanities, social sciences, and English. This degree readily transfers to a four-year institution: working with advisors from both HCC and your desired university will ensure that each course you take will move you towards your desired bachelor's degree.

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

The Associate of Science (AS) degree is awarded to students who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and who complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of coursework that includes the specified general education requirements. A student may apply for the degree during or after the final semester in which the courses are taken. Coursework emphasizes mathematics and science classes. This degree is especially appropriate for careers related to areas such as pharmacy, veterinary science, dentistry, engineering, mathematics, biology, chemistry, astronomy, and physics. HCC faculty advise to the Associate of Science Pre-Professional Program (SPPP), Associate of Science Pre-Engineering Program (PEP), and Associate of Science Mathematics Transfer Program. The AS degree readily transfers to a four-year institution. Working with advisors from both HCC and the transfer college ensures that each course will transfer toward the desired bachelor’s degree.

Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is awarded when you complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of classes, including the specified general education requirements for the degree, with a grade-point average of at least 2.0. These AAS degrees lead directly to a career and may or may not transfer to a bachelor's degree. Working with advisors from both HCC and your desired university will ensure that each course you take will move you towards your bachelor's degree if you want to transfer your college credits.

Diplomas and Certificates

Diploma degrees, such as practical nursing, are shorter degrees designed to lead you directly to the workforce. In some cases you can take additional classes after receiving a diploma and receive an AAS degree. Certificates are very short programs of study and often lead to a specific certification for employment. Many of the AAS degrees have these certificates included so you can receive certificates as you complete your degree. Click on the program of study you want in the menu bar.

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