Associate in General Studies Degree (AGS)

The Associate in General Studies Degree is designed for students interested in obtaining a degree that can be customized based on varying areas of interest. Please Note: This degree is not designed to meet the needs of the transfer student. Consult a counselor to discuss your educational goals and determine if this degree is right for you.

ENG 11/111 or ENG 111 English Composition and either BUS 231, ENG 112, or ENG 220

6–8 Credits

3 credits of Group 1 Humanities courses

3 Credits

4 credits of a Group 1 Science lecture/lab courses

4 Credits

Social Science
3 credits of Group 1 Social Science courses

3 Credits

Major Area Courses & Electives
48 or more semester credits chosen from any credit course in the college curriculum.

Math Competency required.*
Reading Competency required.**

Total Degree Credits: Minimum of 64

Math and Reading Competency

*Math Competency may be fulfilled in one of two ways:

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

**Reading Competency: 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.
  • One Cultural Perspectives & Diversity Course.


  • 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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