Associate degrees are intended for transfer leading to the baccalaureate degree. However, certain associate degrees provide immediate employment opportunities. Students who choose to earn an associate degree do so for various reasons: ease of transferability within the University System of Georgia, lower tuition costs, and increased financial earnings. Communication, problem solving and critical thinking skills are essential components of an associate degree, all of which are necessary for success in any chosen career.
The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is typically a 2-year degree which provides a foundational liberal arts education. By selecting one of Gordon State College’s associate degrees with a major or the general Associate of Arts degree (with additional baccalaureate pathways), students build a foundation in a specific field of study.
Associate of Arts (general)*
Associate of Arts in Mass Communication
Associate of Arts in Music
Associate of Arts in Psychology
Associate of Arts in Sociology
Associate of Arts in Visual Arts
Associate of Arts in Foreign Language
Associate of Arts in Theater
*Associate of Arts (general) Pathways: English, General Studies, History, Political Science, Teacher Education.
The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree is typically a 2-year degree which provides a liberal arts foundation as well as foundational knowledge in STEM fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. By selecting one of Gordon State College’s associate degrees with a major or the general Associate of Science degree (with additional baccalaureate pathways), students build a foundation in specific fields of study.
Associate of Science (general)*
Associate of Science in Business Administration
Associate of Science in Chemistry
Associate of Science in Computer Science
Associate of Science in Criminal Justice
Associate of Science in Engineering
Associate of Science in Information Technology
*Associate of Science (general) Pathways: Astronomy, Biological Sciences and Biology, Health and Physical Education, Health Information Management, Mathematics, Nursing – Transfer, Pharmacy – Transfer, Physics.
The Associate of Science in Nursing (A.S.N.) degree is typically a 3-year program that leads directly to a career in health care. The curriculum trains students as generalists who are capable of providing nursing services in a wide range of health care facilities. Graduates of the A.S.N. program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam required to become a registered nurse.
- ASN Program Requirements
Baccalaureate degrees prepare students for the choice of entry into the workforce or enrollment in graduate school. Students who choose baccalaureate programs at Gordon State receive excellent preparation for various master’s and doctoral programs along with practical, real-world training so that graduates can gain immediate employment.
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is typically a 4-year degree which provides a foundational education in a specific field of study such as English or History. Graduates have ultimately pursued careers in a wide variety of fields from communication to education or public service.
- English and English with Secondary Teacher Certification
- History and History with Secondary Teacher Certification
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree is typically a 4-year degree which provides a liberal arts foundation as well as foundational knowledge in STEM fields such as science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science at Gordon State College will be prepared for fields of pharmaceutical and biotechnology, medical school, physical therapy, environmental biology, and zoology, teaching, social services, management, computer science, nursing and so forth.
- Biology and Biology with Secondary Teacher Certification
- Elementary Education/Special Education
- Health Information Management
- Human Services
- Management & Administration
- Mathematics and Mathematics with Secondary Teacher Certification
- Middle Grades Education