Associate of Science

About this degree


The Associate of Science (AS) degree helps develop comprehensive knowledge and good communications skills, while providing a firm grounding in mathematics and the natural sciences. An Associate of Science degree is foundational for students looking toward biological, health and medical undergraduate degrees. Students who plan on going into business, engineering or agriculture may also want to consider this degree.

The Associate of Science degree is a transfer degree designed for students planning to continue their education by transferring to one of the three Arizona public universities. The general education component of our AS degree fulfills all the requirements of the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC-S). When completed, the AGEC-S will transfer to any of the three public Arizona state universities as a block meeting all lower division general
education requirements.

NPC Requirements

  • The Associate of Science (AS) degree requires a minimum of 64 hours of course credits with a grade of “C” or better in all courses and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Some courses have placement requirements or prerequisites that may result in coursework beyond 64 credits. These courses, too, require a grade of “C” or better. For information about prerequisites, see an NPC academic adviser.
  • In most general education courses, special emphasis is placed on developing written communication skills with intensive writing requirements. Race and ethnic issue awareness is embedded throughout the general education requirements. Specific courses, as noted, meet the requirement for Contemporary Global/International or Historical Awareness.

Degree Requirements

General Education Credits

36 credits

Completion of the 36 general education course credits fulfills requirements for the Arizona General Education Education Curriculum (AGEC-S) for the Associate of Science degree.

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28 credits

An additional 28 credits should be chosen carefully based on lower division and common course requirements for majors at the college or university to which the student plans to transfer. To ensure you are selecting appropriate electives for transfer, see your NPC academic adviser.

The electives component must consist of credits that transfer to all three public Arizona universities as defined in the Course Equivalency Guide for the year in which the course is completed. Access to information about degrees and pathways, common courses, Course Equivalency Guides, and Arizona college and university catalogs is available through an academic adviser or directly on the Internet at

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