Please note: The Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Early Childhood and in Elementary Education, the Graduate Certificate in Special Education (K-12) initial licensure track, the Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education initial licensure track no longer hold specialized accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as of December 31, 2018.

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications voluntarily withdrew from specialized accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

General Course Requirements for AAS Degrees

To receive an Associate of Applied Science, students must be admitted to the program and must satisfy:

Oral Communication Skills3
Fundamentals of Oral Communication
Small Group Communication
Interpersonal Communication
Public Speaking
Written Communication Skills6
Business Communications
Writing Across Contexts
Writing and the Humanities
Writing and the Professions
Writing and the Sciences
Arguing Across Contexts
Designated Disciplines6
Choose an additional 6 credits in humanities, math, natural sciences or social sciences from the classification list below. Courses must be at the 100 level or higher. *
Total Credits15

Any course in humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, or social sciences from the General Education Requirements for baccalaureate degrees may be applied toward the General Course Requirements in designated disciplines for Associate of Applied Science degrees. 

  • Degree specific requirements (credits vary)
  • Electives (credits vary)
  • Total minimum credits for an Associate of Applied Science degree: 60 (All courses must be at the 100 level or above.)

General Course Requirement Classification List for AAS Degrees

These General Course Requirements are designed to ensure that all students graduating with AAS degrees have demonstrated fundamental written and oral communication skills and have successfully performed at the collegiate level in at least one of the listed discipline areas (humanities, mathematics, natural science or social science).

The design of AAS degrees, like that of undergraduate certificates, ensures further that students gain some proficiency in essential skills of communication, computation and human relations. In the absence of specific required courses in these areas, the degrees address these topics in the program requirements and measure student performance in those classes.


  • Alaska Native Studies
  • American Sign Language
  • Art
  • Chinese
  • Communication
  • Creative Writing and Literary Arts
  • Dance
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Liberal Studies Integrated Core
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science (PS A331, PS A332 and PS A333 only)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Theatre
  • Writing

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • Anthropology (ANTH A205 only)
  • Astronomy
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Studies (ENVI A211 only)
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Liberal Studies Integrated Science
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy (PHIL A101 only)
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Social Sciences