ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE (AAS) DEGREE & OPTIONS

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Definition OAR 589-006-0050 (3) "Associate of Applied Science (AAS)" means a state-approved associate degree that is intended to prepare graduates for direct entry into the workforce. AAS degrees may also help to prepare students for career advancement, occupational licensure, or further study at the baccalaureate level.

Guidelines

  • Earned through Career and Technical Education (CTE) instructional programs
  • CTE must integrate technical career skills and proficiencies with academic content
  • Must prepare students to enter the workplace
  • Must allow for access to further educational opportunities
  • Must prepare students for training and family/community roles

General AAS Requirements

  • Must be between 90-108 credits
  • Must include a recognizable core of general education courses or related instruction
  • Must include established standards of academic achievement (i.e., grade point average)
  • All eligible courses (i.e., coruses used to fulfill a requirement in the AAS) must be Collegiate Level Work

Additional Submission Requirements


Associate of Applied Science Option (AASO)

Definition OAR 589-006-0050 (4) "Associate of Applied Science degree option" means a transcripted specialization within a state-approved associate degree that is intended to prepare graduates for direct entry into the workforce.

Guidelines

  • Only approved directly under an Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • May be noted on student's transcript upon completion
  • Options within a curriculum constitute a part of the total curriculum, but are considered a "specialized focus"
  • May be added to a new or existing Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree

General AASO Requirements

  • Must be between 90-108 credits
  • Must include a recognizable core of general education courses or related instruction
  • Must include established standards of academic achievement (i.e., grade point average)
  • Must be a specialization within the AAS
  • Must contain 70% of the AAS course credits
  • May not differ from AAS by more than 30% 
  • All eligible courses (i.e., courses used to fulfill a requirement in the Option) must be collegiate level or higher.

Electives

Electives may vary according to the degree program and workforce needs.

Notes and Clarification

  1. In order to transfer more than 12 career and technical credits to an OUS institution, students should contact the 4-year institution to inquire about the process and become familiar with the policies.
  2. More than one ​Option may be added to an existing AAS degree if each option leads to a different area of specialization.
  3. The award title would include the base AAS degree program title with the ​Option title (i.e., AAS in Business Management: Finance).
  4. The CIP code may be different than the base AAS degree program as long as the ​Option is a reasonable and recognizable specialization of the base AAS degree program.
  5. The base AAS must be maintained as an active program; student must be able to earn the base AAS degree with or without the ​Option.
  6. An ​Option changes to a "new program" when the total number of the ​Option's course credits exceed 30% of the total credits comprising the base AAS degree of 90-108 credits or when the training prepares students for significantly different occupations and employment opportunities than the approved base program degree.
  7. The ​Option title may be identified on a student's transcript and degree, but only as an addition to the base AAS degree program title (i.e., Business Management: Finance or Automotive Technology: Engine Machinist) to the extent possible given character limits of student information systems.

Approval Process

For more information, see Program Approval.