Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Learning Outcomes and Requirements

Students who complete this degree should be able to:

1. Communicate effectively by determining the purpose, audience and context of communication, and respond to feedback to improve clarity, coherence and effectiveness in workplace, community and academic pursuits.

2. Apply scientific, cultural and political perspectives to natural and social systems and use an understanding of social change and social action to address the consequences of local and global human activity.

3. Identify and investigate problems, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate methods of reasoning to develop creative and practical solutions to personal, professional and community issues.

4. Use an understanding of the variations in human culture, perspectives and forms of expression to constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community.

5. Demonstrate and apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program.

6. Assess, examine and reflect on one’s own academic skill, professional competence and personal beliefs and how these impact others.

7. Transfer into an upper division baccalaureate degree program.


The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is awarded to students in career technical programs who meet the requirements listed below. This degree may transfer to local colleges and universities. Contact the individual department or desired transfer institution for transfer information. Many career technical programs require more than 90 credits for an associate degree. See specific program requirements in the Programs and Disciplines section of the catalog.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree is awarded to students who meet the following requirements:

  1. Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements
  2. Associate of Applied Science Requirements
    1. The final 16 credits that apply to the degree must include at least eight credits at OCCC that apply to the specific program requirements, excluding courses used solely for the General Education requirements. Students may apply to the department chair for an exception to this requirement if they can demonstrate currency in the field.
      All candidates must earn 24 credits from OCCC that apply to the specific program requirements excluding courses used solely for the General Education requirements. See specific program requirements in the Catalog.
    2. General Education Requirements: Students must earn a minimum of 16 credits of General Education taken from the General Education Distribution/Discipline Studies List. These credits must come from courses taken in the following categories:
      • Arts and Letters
      • Social Sciences
      • Mathematics, Science and Computer StudiesThe 16 credits must include at least one course with a minimum of three credits from each category of the General Education/Discipline Studies categories. No more than two courses may come from courses required by specific programs. Because of these restrictions, it is possible that a course is acceptable as General Education for some students while it is not acceptable for others. Students should consult an advisor or faculty member in an AAS degree program for advice on General Education courses appropriate to their goals and interests. General Education requirements will be waived for students who enroll at PCC with an AA, AAS, AGS, AS, BA, BS degree or higher from a regionally accredited United States institution. Program-specific General Education requirements for AAS degrees will not be waived.
    3. OCCC Basic Competency Requirements for Writing and Math in AAS Degree:
      Writing: Competency in writing must be demonstrated by either:
      • Completing WR 121 with a C or better, or
      • Passing a lower division collegiate* writing course for which WR 121 is a prerequisite with a C or betterStudents with AA, AAS, AGS, AS, BA, BS, degrees or higher from a U.S. regionally accredited institution will have the basic competency in writing (WR 121) waived. Other writing requirements specified by the program remain in effect. Math: Competency in mathematics must be demonstrated by either:
      • Completing MTH 65 or MTH 63 with a C or better, or
      • Passing the PCC competency exam for MTH 65, or
      • Passing a math class (minimum of 3 credits) with a C or better for which MTH 65 or higher level math skills are a prerequisite. Excludes MTH 93.
    4. Program Requirements:

All AAS candidates must complete a program of approved course work in the major field. The Programs and Disciplines section of the catalog contains these course work requirements. No more than 3 credits in physical education (PE) may be applied to an AAS Degree unless specifically required by the program. Students enrolled in programs that are accredited or licensed must meet the requirements most recently approved by the accrediting agency or licensing authority.

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See the Course Descriptions in the OCCC catalog for a complete list.