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Associate in Science and Arts Degree (ASA) with MTA

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

Effective: Fall 2016

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 want to explore the curriculum also frequently pursue the ASA degree.

Required Classes



General Education Requirements
Minimum 30 Group 1 credits with at least a 2.0 grade for each course

ENG 111-English Composition and ENG 112-English Composition.

6 credits minimum

Two Group 1-MTA classes from different departments: art, history, humanities, literature, music,
philosophy, second-year foreign language

6 credits minimum

One Group 1-MTA mathematics class, MTH 120 or higher

3 credits minimum

Two Group 1-MTA classes from different departments: astronomy, biology, chemistry,
environmental science, physics. One class must include a lecture/lab

6 credits minimum

Social Science
Two Group 1-MTA classes from different departments: anthropology, economics, geography,
political science, psychology, sociology

6 credits minimum

Major Area Courses and Electives
A combination of credits from Group 1 or Group 2 courses to equal the minimum earned credits for the degree.

Total Degree Credits: Minimum of 60 earned semester credits

Completing the General Education Requirements of 30 credits will qualify for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA).

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.
  • 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 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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