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.

Graduation Requirements

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:

Related Instruction Requirements

All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better.

Writing

Four (4) credit hours from:

WR115Fundamentals of Report Writing4
WR121English Composition4
WR122English Composition4

Communication

One (1) course taken from:

SP100Basic Speech Communications3
SP111Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
SP218Interpersonal Communication3
SP219Small Group Discussion3

Computation

Select four (4) credit hours of college-level mathematics from MTH60 or higher, excluding MTH211:

MTH60Algebra I4
MTH65Algebra II4
MTH80Technical Mathematics I4
MTH81Applied Mathematics for Culinary Arts4
MTH82Business Mathematics4
MTH98Math Literacy4
MTH105Math in Society4
MTH111College Algebra4
MTH112Trigonometry4
MTH212Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II4
MTH213Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics III4
MTH231Elements of Discrete Mathematics I4
MTH232Elements of Discrete Mathematics II4
MTH241Calculus for Bus and Soc Science I4
MTH242Calculus for Bus and Soc Science II4
MTH243Intro to Probability and Statistics4
MTH244Probability & Statistics II4
MTH251Calculus I Differential Calculus4
MTH252Calculus II Integral Calculus4
MTH253Calculus III Infinite Sequences And Series4
MTH254Vector Calculus I4
MTH255Vector Calculus II4
MTH256Differential Equations4
MTH260Matrix Methods and Linear Algebra4

Health, Wellness, and Fitness

Three (3) credits of health/PE: Three (3) credits of PE185 sport/activity courses or HE250 Personal Health or PE231 Wellness for Life.

Human Relations

Three (3) credits or as specified in AAS degree program:

BA120Leadership Development3
BA285Human Relations in Organizations3
PSY100Introduction to Psychology4
PSY201General Psychology3
PSY202General Psychology3
PSY203General Psychology3

Electives

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:

Communication

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.

Computation

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.

Discipline Content

Students completing a degree will be able to demonstrate effective skills and attitudes that are specific to a discipline or career.