Associate in Applied Science (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.

HCC offers AAS degrees in a variety of areas, from Agriculture to Office Systems Technology and including Nursing. A General Occupational Technology (GOTS) degree is also available, which incorporates technical classes with general education classes to achieve the required 60 credit hours. Click on the various technical programs for more information.

Link to listing of general education classesPDF iconnoted below (math, science, social interaction, heritage, humanities, writing, computer literacy)

Associate in Applied Science

General Education Component
All SACS* accredited colleges, or colleges that are applying for SACS* accreditation, will assure compliance with SACS* general education criteria.
A student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours to fulfill the general education requirement. General education credits must meet the following required distribution:
Mathematics 3 credit hours
Science 3 credit hours
Social Interaction 3 credit hours
Heritage/Humanities/Foreign Languages 3 credit hours
Writing/Accessing Information 3 credit hours
Computer Literacy 0-3 credit hours
Computer literacy must be demonstrated either by competency exam or by completing an approved computer literacy course.
The above are minimum general education requirements; additional hours may be required in specific program curricula.
Technical and Support Component 45 - 61
General Education and Technical and Support Components must be distributed so that programs do not exceed 76 credit hours.
Total Credit Hours 60 - 76
AAS degree programs should incorporate multiple exit points, i.e. awarding certificates and diplomas, when possible.
*SACS refers to Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.