Associate in Science and Arts Degree (ASA)

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

The Associate in Science and Arts degree is generally pursued by students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a baccalaureate degree. Students who are deciding on a major and want to explore the curriculum also frequently pursue the ASA degree.

ENG 11/111 or ENG 111 English composition and ENG 112 English Composition.

6-8 Credits

8 credits from at least 2 departments in Group 1 Humanities courses.  

8 Credits

8 credits from at least 2 departments in Group 1 courses under Science/Math courses. One must be a Science lecture/lab course.  

8 Credits

Social Science
8 credits from at least 2 departments in Group 1 Social Science courses.  

8 Credits

Major Area Courses and Electives
A combination of 32-34 credits from Group 1 or Group 2 courses

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 121 or higher, or
  • Successful completion of MTH 111 or higher 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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