Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Refer to the comprehensive list of degrees and certificates to view NMC's AAS offerings.

The Associate in Applied Science degree is generally pursued by those who plan to enter the workforce following graduation from NMC. A career specialty emphasis is the dominant characteristic of the AAS degree. View our list of specialty programs. Although some students pursuing the AAS degree may transfer to a four-year school to pursue a baccalaureate degree, many AAS courses are not granted transfer equivalency credit at Michigan universities. See an academic advisor if you are considering the AAS degree and may wish to transfer.

ENG 11/111 or ENG 111 English Composition and either ENG 220, BUS 231, or ENG 112 (Program of Study may specify)

6-8 credits

3 credits of Group 1 Humanities courses. (Program of Study may specify)

3 credits

4 credits of a Group 1 Science/Math lecture/lab courses. (Program of Study may specify)

4 credits

Social Science
3 credits of Group 1 Social Science courses. (Program of Study may specify)

3 credits

Major Area Requirements: 27 or more semester credits (see specific programs of study)

Total Degree Credits: Minimum of 64

Math COmpetency Required, and can be fulfilled in one of two ways:

  • COMPASS placement into MTH 121 or higher, or
  • Successful completion of MTH 111 or higher with a grade of 2.0 or better.

Reading Competency Required: Guide available from academic advisors.

Other Requirements

  • Complete at least 64 credit hours with a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  • Complete a minimum of 16 of the 64 credits through NMC classes..


  • 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.
  • Courses with numbers below 100 level do not count toward graduation, even though they may be prerequisites for other courses needed to complete degree or certificate requirements. Some courses may require prerequisites which may add to the total number of credits taken. Review course prerequisites carefully.
  • To count toward graduation, a course must be completed with a grade of 1.0 or higher. See "Applying for a degree or certificate."


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