2.17 – Requirements for the Associate of Science Degree

A. Purpose

Establish guidelines for the obtainment of an Associate of Science Degree (A.S.).

B. Policy

The Associate of Science degree is a specialized degree for the students who intend to transfer to a college or university in a program that has an emphasis on science and/or math.

C. Procedures

The programs to which this degree applies have established articulation agreements with specific four-year colleges or universities.

Each A.S. degree is designed to meet several lower-division general education requirements and program specific prerequisite requirements of the receiving institution.

Each degree is earned after completing the requirements stated in the student’s assigned catalog.

Through the Curriculum Committee, procedures have been developed to allow for curriculum revisions that may apply to the Associate of Science degree.

Degree requirements are subject to approval by the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development.

In order for an Associate of Science degree to be awarded, a minimum of fifteen (15) hours must be completed in residence.

D. Definitions

In Residence: The requirement that a minimum number of credit hours must be earned through classes offered by any modality at the college.

E. Authority

This policy is maintained under the authority of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

F. Related Policies

2.09 – Course Credit Hour

2.12 – Credit by Exam (Test Out)

2.16 – Dual Credit Delivery Policy

2.53 – Online Education Program

G. Implementation

Policy approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on 03/08/10. Revised on 02/06/12.

Purpose, procedures, responsibilities, and definitions approved and adopted by the Cabinet on 01/10/12. Revised on 10/08/13 and 6/4/19. Set for review in fiscal year 2025 – 2026.