Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) is a state approved type of associate's degree that is intended to prepare graduates for direct entry into the workforce. An AAS may also help to prepare students for career advancements, occupational licensure, or further study toward a baccalaureate degree. Below are the general education requirements that make up an AAS program. All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements. Students must declare an AAS in a specific subject, they cannot be awarded an AAS with no specialization.
Credit Changes in AAS Degrees
When the college approves changes in credits to require “in the discipline” courses, a student transcript may indicate an overall credit shortage. The college will allow the Registrar’s Office to apply any unused course credit from within the discipline to meet the required credit count. And, the student may take any additional coursework within the discipline, as needed, to fulfill the total required credits for the degree and catalog year in question.
Students must complete a minimum of 94 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the degree is awarded.
Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).
Associate of Applied Science Degrees Offered:
- Accounting, Associate of Applied Science
- Baking and Pastry Arts, Associate of Applied Science
- Baking Management, Associate of Applied Science
- Business Management/Entrepreneurship, Associate of Applied Science
- CIS Cybersecurity, Associate of Applied Science
- CIS Digital Design, Associate of Applied Science
- Computer Information Systems, Associate of Applied Science
- Culinary Arts, Associate of Applied Science
- Culinary Management, Associate of Applied Science
- Fire Science, Associate of Applied Science
- Nursing, Associate of Applied Science
- Paramedicine, Associate of Applied Science
- Police Science, Associate of Applied Science
- Welding, Associate of Applied Science
- Preschool Child Development, Associate of Applied Science
Related Instruction Requirements
All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.
Four (4) credit hours from:
|WR115||Fundamentals of Report Writing||4|
One (1) course taken from:
|SP100||Basic Speech Communications||3|
|SP111||Fundamentals of Public Speaking||3|
|SP219||Small Group Discussion||3|
Select four (4) credit hours of college-level mathematics from MTH60 or higher, excluding MTH211:
|MTH80||Technical Mathematics I||4|
|MTH81||Applied Mathematics for Culinary Arts||4|
|MTH105||Math in Society||4|
|MTH212||Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II||4|
|MTH213||Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III||4|
|MTH231||Elements of Discrete Mathematics I||4|
|MTH232||Elements of Discrete Mathematics II||4|
|MTH241||Calculus for Bus and Soc Science I||4|
|MTH242||Calculus for Bus and Soc Science II||4|
|MTH243||Intro to Probability and Statistics||4|
|MTH244||Probability & Statistics II||4|
|MTH251||Calculus I Differential Calculus||4|
|MTH252||Calculus II Integral Calculus||4|
|MTH253||Calculus III Infinite Sequences And Series||4|
|MTH254||Vector Calculus I||4|
|MTH255||Vector Calculus II||4|
|MTH260||Matrix Methods and Linear Algebra||4|
Health, Wellness, and Fitness
Three (3) credits or as specified in AAS degree program:
|BA285||Human Relations in Organizations||3|
|PSY100||Introduction to Psychology||4|
The balance of the requirements may not be a prerequisite course to the degree/program requirements and may not include remedial or developmental courses. Prerequisites are designated in each program.
Students graduating from Southwestern with a two-year degree are expected to have gained the knowledge, skills and attitudes (dispositions) and to demonstrate competency for the following institutional general learning outcomes:
Students completing a degree will be able to demonstrate effective knowledge, skills, and attitudes in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, presentation of self and information.
Students completing a degree will be able to demonstrate effective knowledge, skills, and attitudes in technology skills, computer proficiency, math proficiency, decision analysis (synthesis & evaluation), understanding of and ability to apply mathematical concepts and reasoning, analyzing and using numerical data.
Creative, Critical and Analytical Thinking
Students completing a degree will be able to demonstrate effective knowledge, skills and attitudes using curiosity, learning strategies, information gathering, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, creativity, research, and problem solving.
Community/Global Consciousness and Responsibility
Students completing a degree will be able to demonstrate effective knowledge, skills, and attitudes involving respect, citizenship, cultural awareness, interpersonal skills, ethics, lifelong learning, community service, self-esteem, integrity, and empathy.
Students completing a degree will be able to demonstrate effective skills and attitudes that are specific to a discipline or career.