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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.

Associate of Arts Degree

The Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree is typically a 2-year degree which provides a foundational liberal arts education.

*Associate of Arts (general) Pathways: English, General Studies, History, Political Science, Teacher Education.

Associate of Science Degree

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.

*Associate of Science (general) Pathways: Astronomy, Biological Sciences and Biology, Health and Physical Education, Health Information Management, Mathematics, Nursing - Transfer, Pharmacy - Transfer, Physics.

Associate of Science in Nursing Degree

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. Graduates of the A.S.N. program are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam required to become a registered nurse.


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