Staff Policy D-105.03
Institutional Effectiveness Criterion: Scholarship

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) is designed primarily to meet the specific educational and career objectives of students who plan to enter the workforce following graduation. A career specialty emphasis is the dominant characteristic of the program. Some students may also elect to pursue a baccalaureate degree. Those who plan to transfer should see an academic advisor.

  1. Communications: 6-8 semester hours.
    English Composition (ENG 111 and one of the following: ENG 112, ENG 220 or BUS 231 according to program degree requirements)
  2. Humanities: 3 semester hours (Group 1*)
  3. Science: 3-4 semester hours
    Must include one lecture/lab science course (Group 1*)
  4. Social Science: 3 semester hours (Group 1*)
  5. Math Competency: Fulfilled through competency testing or with a grade of 2.0 or better completion of Math Literacy (MTH 100).
  6. Occupational Specialty: Minimum of 27 semester hours

*As designated in the Northwestern Michigan College catalog


  1. Students must complete at least 15 of the 60 semester hours at NMC.
  2. A maximum of two physical education credits, two professional development seminar credits, and four academic service learning internship credits may be used toward a degree.
  3. Basic skill courses (numbers under 100) do not count toward graduation, even though they may be needed as a prerequisite to required courses.
  4. A grade of 1.0 or higher is required for course completion. However, students should be aware that simply completing a course is not always sufficient to meet degree requirements or to satisfy prerequisite requirements for other courses or transfer.
  5. Graduation with an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) from Northwestern Michigan College requires that a student complete at least 60 earned semester hours with a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.
  6. If obtaining an additional degree reference Policy D-105.06 Additional Credits for an Additional Associates Degree

The Vice President for Educational Services, in conjunction with the appropriate faculty and staff, is responsible for the development and publication of any procedures or guidelines that may be necessary to administer this policy effectively.

If any provision(s) of this policy or set of bylaws conflicts with laws applicable to Northwestern Michigan College, including the Community College Act of 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, or the Open Meetings Act, as each may be amended from time to time, such laws shall control and supersede such provision(s).

Initially adopted as D-302.02 July 11, 1997
Revised May 16, 2001
Revised June 28, 2002
Revised October 27, 2003
Revised February 24, 2006
Renumbered D-105.03 December 20, 2006
Revised May 13, 2011
Revised February 15, 2013
Revised January 10, 2014 
Reviewed without revision April 12, 2019
Revised September 17, 2021