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The curriculum guide for each Associate in Arts (AA) and Associate in Science (AS) degree program satisfies the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) and is based upon the guidelines set forth in the AA or AS General Degree Requirement Worksheet.

Each student should consult with his/her assigned academic advisor to confirm that course selections for any program meet IAI-GECC requirements as well as general elective and general degree requirements.

  • Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree – awarded for the satisfactory completion of a prescribed curriculum intended to prepare individuals for employment in a specific field. Some AAS degree programs include coursework and requirements dictated by specialized accreditation or licensure by a state or national organization. Many health career programs have entrance requirements based of specific test scores, academic grades and residency. AAS degree programs are often articulated as a package with select four-year institutions in specified bachelor degree programs, Two-plus-Two, Capstone or Program-to-Program articulation agreements. (Credit hours vary between 62 and 72.)
  • Associate in Arts (AA) Degree – intended to equate to the first two years of a four-year baccalaureate degree. An AA degree program includes the IAI transferable general education core curriculum (GECC) which satisfies the lower division general education requirements for a bachelor's degree at participating IAI institutions in Illinois. The curriculum guides prepared for each AA degree program include the common lower division course recommendations/requirements for the corresponding bachelor's degree option at four-year institutions. (Credit hours vary between 62 and 64.)
  • Associate in Arts in Teaching (AAT) Degree – aligned with the Illinois Professional Teaching Standards. The AAT is available in only a few disciplines; not all teacher education program areas. Students must pass the Illinois Test of Basic Skills to qualify for an AAT degree. To qualify for entry into a professional Teacher Education Program at a four-year institution, an overall grade point average of a least 2.5 is a common requirement. A grade of "C" or higher in each course may also be required. (Credit hours vary between 62 and 64.)
  • Associate in Engineering Science (AES) Degree – aligned with the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in engineering. Unlike the AA and AS degrees, the AES does not include the full IAI GECC component. Completion of the GECC package should be an option after transferring to an IAI participating institution. (Credit hours vary between 62 and 68.)
  • Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) Degree – aligned with the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in a fine arts area such as music or art. Unlike the AA and AS degrees, the AFA does not include the full GECC package. Completing the GECC package should be an option after transferring to an IAI participating institution. (Credit hours vary between 62 and 68.)
  • Associate in General Studies (AGS) Degree – The intent of the AGS is to meet unique needs and interests of a student that cannot be met by another associate degree option. An AGS degree program is individually designed by mutual agreement between the student and a college-appointed academic advisor. The courses selected may or may not be accepted by a four-year institution and if accepted may or may not be evaluated as applicable to a specific four-year degree program or major. AGS candidates may be enrolled in a certificate program and find a need for earning an associate degree. Other AGS candidates may want to design a program provided a broad general education background. (Credit hours vary between 62 and 64.)
  • Associate in Science (AS) Degree – intended to equate to the first two years of a four-year baccalaureate degree. An AS degree includes the IAI transferable general education core curriculum (GECC) which satisfied the lower division general education requirements for a bachelor's degree at participating IAI institutions in Illinois. The curriculum guides prepared for each AS degree program include common lower division course recommendations/requirements for the corresponding bachelor's degree option at four-year institutions. (Credit hours vary between 62 and 64.)
  • Certificate of Achievement – prepare individuals for employment or advancement in various occupational specialties. (Credit hours vary between 6 and 50.)
  • Adult Basic/Secondary Education – information regarding GED preparation, alternative high school classes, community and family literacy, or volunteering to be a tutor.
  • Center for Business & Industry – devoted to training the unemployed, underemployed, and currently employed needing retraining and job upgrading courses and programs.
  • Continuing Education – offers a variety of courses including professional development, personal interest, test preparation, lectures, tours and even vacation opportunities. In addition, courses are available for health care professionals seeking to increase their knowledge.
  • High School Students ‐ Earn College Credit – Information about Dual Credit and Dual Enrollment for High School students.

Associate in Applied Science (62-72 credit hours)