Oct 23, 2018  
Fall 2017 Course Catalog 
    
Fall 2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Award Types Defined


Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees

The purpose of the A.A. and A.S. is to build a foundation in a discipline, then continue to higher levels of education by transferring to a four-year institution. The A.A. contains liberal arts credits; including coursework in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and provides flexibility to pursue several careers. Conversely, coursework for the A.S. contains some liberal arts credits and coursework also directly applicable to a clearly defined career path.

Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

The purpose of the A.A.S. is to be fully trained for immediate employment upon graduation. Students who opt to continue on to pursue higher levels of education are encouraged to check with the receiving institution regarding transferability of credits.

Certificates 

Certificate programs are designed to provide a mix of theory and practical training leading to immediate employment upon completion. People who pursue certificates might have an advanced degree and typically want to learn new skills and acquire knowledge. Others might enroll in a certificate program to “test the waters,” with an eye toward pursuing an associate’s degree.  Credits earned now in a credit-bearing certificate will apply later toward an associate’s degree at Westchester Community College.