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Associate in Applied Science Degree (AAS)

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

Effective: Fall 2016

The Associate in Applied Science degree is generally pursued by those students who plan to enter the workforce following graduation from NMC. A career specialty emphasis is the dominant characteristic of the Applied Science 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.

Required Classes



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

3-4 credits of a Group 1 Science lecture/lab course. (Program of Study may specify)

3-4 credits

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

3 credits

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

Total Degree Credits: Minimum of 60

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

  • Placement score into MTH 111 or higher, or
  • Successful completion of MTH 23 or higher with a grade of 2.0 or better.

Reading Competency Required: Guide available from academic advisors.

Other Requirements

  • Complete at least 60 credit hours with a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average.
  • Complete a minimum of 15 of the 60 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, but the grades do count toward your cumulative GPA. They may be prerequisites for other courses needed to complete degree or certificate requirements and 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, unless otherwise stated. See "Applying for a degree or certificate."
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