An associate’s degree is a two-year post-secondary degree.
Students who pursue this kind of degree full-time can complete a program in as little as two years— though many choose to go at their own pace.
An associate degree translates into the first two years of a bachelor’s degree (freshman and sophomore years).
What can I do with an AAS degree?
Take a look at the full list below—ranked by salary—to see if getting an associate degree is worth it.
- Air traffic controller.
- Radiation therapist.
- Nuclear technician.
- Nuclear medicine technologist.
- Dental hygienist.
- Web developer.
- Electrical and electronics engineering technician.
Can you transfer an AAS degree?
The College of Lake County awards other degrees for transfer purposes- Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Engineering Science (AES), Associate in Fine Arts (AFA). However, earning the A.A.S. degree does not necessarily preclude transfer to a four-year school.
How is an AAS degree difference from an AA degree?
Associate of Science (A.S.) and Associate of Arts (A.A.) degrees are designed to prepare a student for transfer to a 4-year institution to pursue their bachelor’s degree. Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) and Associate of Applied Business (A.A.B.) degrees are “career” programs which prepare students for employment.
What type of degree is an AAS?
Both the Associate of Arts (A.A.) and the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees are two-year degrees, but their purposes are very different. The coursework for students in A.A.S. degree program is hands-on and involves time in laboratory and clinical settings that are specific to the degree program.