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Core Curriculum: Associate of Applied Science

Published or Revised September 19, 2012

The Associate of Applied Science degree (AAS) is awarded upon completion of a prescribed program of study designed to prepare students to enter and compete in the job market. AAS curricula are designed to enable the graduate to enter an occupation with marketable skills, an acceptable level of technical competency, and the ability to communicate effectively.

The AAS degree is awarded to students who meet the specific degree requirements along with the graduation requirements listed under the Academic Policies section. The total number of hours required to graduate with an AAS degree varies among the programs from 60 to 72 hours. However, a minimum of 25 percent must be completed at PJC.

Each workforce education program uses advisory committees for program development, evaluation, long-range planning, development of employment opportunities for graduates, and other program issues. These committees provide an essential link between the education institution and the business community to ensure that graduates are adequately prepared for employment. Members of the advisory committees are selected from related industry, prospective employers, and other knowledgeable community representatives.

Within each AAS program are suggested time lines for completion of degrees and certificates. The AAS core curriculum consists of 15-16 credit hours.

Download Your Degree Plans

Students should see their individual advisors for degree plan information. Download the basic degree plans for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and General Studies degrees in PDF format:





ELECTIVE (1 Course)



*Pre-requisites required.

**College-level Math (must be academic, not applied). Not including: MATH 1342, 1350 or 1351.

NOTE: The second digit in a course number indicates the number of credit hours for that course.

Students should see individual program areas for specific degree requirements.

Each degree program must also contain math, computer, and communication competencies. These should be built into every course and program to the extent that they are applicable and relevant. If a program area elects math, computer science, or communication courses as general education requirements, the courses must be academic transfer courses of collegiate level and of a general nature, not geared to a specific occupation, e.g., welders, electricians, or secretaries.

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