Interested in studying fields in the sciences, mathematics or engineering? Get a start at community college with an Associate of Science degree.
An Associate of Science degree provides students a general education that prepares them for a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university. For those interested in pursuing their education in a medical or science-related field, but unsure how to begin, consider earning an associate degree in science. These are transfer degrees and provide an academic foundation, but not specific career training, which is what an Associate of Applied Science does.
“The Associate of Science degree is designed similarly to the (Associate of) Arts degree except it requires additional coursework in math and science. This would be considered for students pursuing engineering, math, or the sciences,” said Registrar Zak McNitt.
About the Program
Completing an associate degree or certificate shows commitment and persistence to complete a goal, in addition to the acquisition of career skills. Community colleges are a great option with flexible schedules and class lengths, knowledgeable faculty and support staff and affordable tuition.
An associate degree represents the completion of approximately two years of full-time study, 60 credit hours.
Possible careers for Associate of Science graduates (most require further study; some may find technician jobs with an associate degree, but this is a transfer degree):
- Mechanical engineer, starting $58,000 annually, median wages $89,000 annually
- Mathematician, starting $48,000 annually, median wages $64,000 annually
- Mathematical technician, starting $54,000 annually, median wages $81,000 annually
- Chemist, starting $39,000 annually, median wages $72,000 annually