Associate in Science (AS), AS Pre-Professional Program (SPPP) & AS Pre-Engineering (PEP)

The Associate in Science (AS) 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 math and science classes: these are especially appropriate for careers in pharmacy, allied health and veterinary medicine, for example. HCC faculty also advise to the PDF iconAssociate of Science Pre-Professional Program (SPPP) and Associate of Science Pre-Engineering (PEP), which is designed to provide a strong science background for pre-professional programs. The AS 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.

List of classes meeting each category required belowPDF icon

Core Transfer Component


Written Communications 6 credit hours
Oral Communications 3 credit hours
Arts/Humanities 6 credit hours (1)
Select one course in Humanities & one course in Heritage.
Social & Behavioral Science 6credit hours (1)
Two disciplines must be represented & different from Arts/Humanities.  
Natural Sciences 6 credit hours
One of the science courses selected must include at least one with a laboratory experience.
Quantitative Reasoning 6credit hours
Subtotal Core Transfer 33 credit hours
Additional AS Requirements 12-15 credit hours
Select courses from headings in the Core Categories &/or Foreign Language. At least6 hours must be selected from Quantitative Reasoning/or Natural Sciences. Choose hours to satisfy pre-major requirements at the institution to which the student is transferring.  
Digital Literacy: A student must pass an approved3 credit hour digital literacy course or pass the IC3 Fast-Trackexam in order to meet the digital literacy requirement for graduation.+ 0-3 credit hours
Total General Education Block 45-48 credit hours (1)
Electives 12-15 credit hours
Students are advised to choose hours to satisfy pre-major requirements at the institution to which they are transferring. Students who fulfill the digital literacy requirement by passing an approved 3 credit hour course will only need to take 12 credit hours of electives.
(1) Cultural Studies: At least one course within the 45 credit hour general education block must be selected form the identified Cultural Studies course list. Cultural studies coursesPDF icon
Total Credit Hours

60 credit hours

Associate in Science degrees are awarded to students who complete a minimum of 60 hours, including the specified general education requirements, with a grade-point average of at least 2.0.
A course used to fulfill one competency cannot be used to fulfill another competency. Developmental/remedial courses (courses numbered 001-099) cannot be used to satisfy graduation requirements.


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.