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Associate Degree Options

Jackson College offers four types of associate degrees. Each degree includes general education courses as well as specific program courses. Students should select an associate degree based on your plan of study or career goal.

Associate in Arts (AA) / Associate in Science (AS)

Students intending to transfer to another college or university usually select one of these degree programs. Students choose from courses that prepare them for a variety of professions and academic disciplines.

Note: Students are not required to earn a degree prior to transferring but may transfer credits back to JC to complete graduation requirements.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

This degree prepares students for entry into a technical or skilled occupational career immediately following JC.

Associate in General Studies (AGS)

This degree is for students who want to plan their own program of study not defined by a specific job or career. The degree’s flexibility allows the creation of a unique learning experience, such as combining the student’s JC experience with other academic institutions or community organizations, to prepare for or create a specialized career option.

Associate Degree Requirements

To earn an associate degree, students must meet these requirements:

  1. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 overall. (Some programs have additional grade and course requirements. Follow the guide sheet for your program and meet with an academic advisor for complete information.) Important: only courses with a 2.0 or better will transfer to most four-year colleges and universities.
  2. A minimum grade of 2.0 in each course that applies towards a degree.
  3. Completion of specific courses in a degree.
  4. A minimum of 60 credits.
  5. A minimum of 12 credits earned at JC, unless otherwise specified.
  6. A completed Application for Graduation for an associate degree submitted by the deadline date to Registration and Records, located in the Student Center, main campus, or to JC centers. Students have five academic years to apply for graduation from the time they complete their last course at JC. See Graduation and Commencement, page 17. Applications are available at all locations or on the JC web site; official audits are processed by the Registrar’s Office.
  7. Completion of the degree requirements from any catalog of entry issued during continuous enrollment. Students who are not continuously enrolled and have completed degree requirements must meet the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of graduation application. Students re-entering who have not completed degree requirements must follow catalog in effect at time of their re-entry date.
  8. Coursework completed within a reasonable time period. This may require repeating certain essential courses, even though a passing grade was previously earned. An essential course involves material that affects skill development and successful performance and/or contains content likely to change significantly over time, as determined by appropriate academic departments.
  9. A minimum of 12 additional credits beyond those credits completed for one degree are required to earn a second associate degree. Multiple degrees may be conferred in the same graduation period.

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