Westchester Community College programs consist of General Education Requirements to ensure a well-rounded education to students within any program, and Degree Requirements, including courses specific to a particular degree. General Education Requirements vary based on degree type (A.A., A.S., A.A.S.), and may have particular course requirements based on specific Program of Study requirements.
Associate of Arts
The requirements for theAssociate in Arts Degree (A.A.)are equivalent to the first two years at an accredited four-year institution and emphasize the liberal arts and sciences. Graduates typically transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions.
The requirements for theAssociate in Science Degree (A.S.) are equivalent to the first two years at an accredited four-year institution and balance a professional orientation with the liberal arts & sciences. Graduates typically transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions.
The curriculum for theAssociate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)prepares graduates for immediate employment within specific technical fields. The requirements combine specific career preparation with a firm foundation in the liberal arts and sciences. Although the A.A.S. is not intended as a transfer degree, graduates in some professions do transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions.
Certificate Programs prepare students for immediate employment in a variety of skilled occupations. College credits earned in certificate programs can often be applied to parallel associate degrees offered at the college. Certificates provide a well-rounded course of study which may include English, mathematics, and science courses, in addition to occupational training.