About this degree
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is geared toward students who want to finish their degree and move directly into employment. The AAS prepares you for the workforce in a variety of fields like automotive technology, computer technology, nursing, cosmetology, early childhood development, graphic design, heavy equipment operations and many more. See areas of study listed below.
Our AAS degree programs are based on skills achievement, and many have affiliations with external accrediting agencies and national professional organizations that not only demonstrate the programs’ currency but also increase your employability options. The career benefits of the AAS are significant and can be your path to a solid economic future.
Note: Not all programs are offered all semesters or at all NPC locations. Some courses are offered only on demand. An NPC academic adviser can provide you with the accurate and up-to-date information you need to ensure a speedy path to career success.
|Automotive Technology (ATO)||Business (BUS)|
|Computer Information Systems (CIS)||Construction Technology (CON)
|Cosmetology (COS)||Early Childhood Development (ECD)
|Education (EDU)||Emergency Medical Technology (EMT)
|Fire Science (FRS)||Human Services (HUS)
|Industrial Maintenance & Operations (IMO)||Mechatronics (MET) automated manufacturing
|Medical Assistant (MDA)||Nursing (NUR)
|Paramedicine (EMT)||Photography Technician (PHO)
|Residential Child/Youth Care||Welding (WLD)
- The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree requires a minimum of 64 hours of course credits with 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 “P”] or better. For information about prerequisites, see Part IV, Course Descriptions, or consultan 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.
- Students are encouraged to work closely with their academic adviser to ensure that all studies will apply toward their degree or educational goals.
64 Total Credits
Specific programs may designate or limit course options, and general education requirements in certain programs may exceed 19 credits. Always consult with an NPC academic adviser to ensure you meet ALL program/degree requirements.
Communications • 6 credits
- ENL 101 College Composition I • 3 credits
Plus one of the following based on program options:
- ENL 102 College Composition II • 3 credits
- ENL 109 Technical Writing • 3 credits
- SPT 120 Public Speaking • 3 credits
Mathematics • 3 to 6 credits
See specific program for requirements.
Unless otherwise noted in the specific program description, select one course from the Physical and Biological Sciences and one course from either the Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavorial Sciences.
Arts and Humanities
Select courses from the following in two different disciplines:
- ART 101 Understanding Art • 3 credits
- ART 115 Art History I • 3 credits
- ART 116 Art History II • 3 credits
- ART 215 Native American Art • 3 credits
- ENL 220 World Literature I • 3 credits
- ENL 221 World Literature II • 3 credits
- ENL 224 English Literature I • 3 credits
- ENL 225 English Literature II • 3 credits
- ENL 230 American Literature I • 3 credits
- ENL 231 American Literature II • 3 credits
- HUM 150 Humanities in the Western World I • 3 credits
- HUM 151 Humanities in the Western World II • 3 credits
- MUS 150 Music Appreciation • 3 credits
- MUS 250 World Music • 3 credits
- PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy • 3 credits
- PHL 105 Introduction to Ethics • 3 credits
- SPT 130 Introduction to Theatre • 3 credits
Physical and Biological Sciences
Select courses from the following:
- BIO 100 Biology Concepts • 4 credit
- BIO 105 Environmental Biology • 4 credit
- BIO 160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I • 4 credit
- BIO 181 General Biology I • 4 credit
- BIO 182 General Biology II • 4 credit
- BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I • 4 credit
- BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II • 4 credit
- CHM 130 Fundamental Chemistry • 4 credit
- CHM 151 General Chemistry I • 4 credit
- CHM 152 General Chemistry II • 4 credit
- GEO 111 Physical Geography • 4 credit
- GLG 101 Introduction to Geology I - Physical • 4 credit
- GLG 102 Introduction to Geology II - Historical • 4 credit
- PHY 113 General Physics I • 4 credit
- PHY 114 General Physics II • 4 credit
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Select courses from at least two disciplines. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) meet requirements for Contemporary Global, International or Historical Awareness.
- *ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology • 3 credits
- ANT 120 Buried Cities and Lost Tribes • 3 credits
- BUS 140 Principles of Economics - Macro • 3 credits
- BUS 141 Principles of Economics - Micro • 3 credits
- *GEO 110 World Regional Geography • 3 credits
- GEO 120 Human Geography • 3 credits
- *HIS 105 U.S. History to 1877 • 3 credits
- *HIS 106 U.S. History since 1877 • 3 credits
- *HIS 155 Western Civilization to 1700 • 3 credits
- *HIS 156 Western Civilization since 1700 • 3 credits
- POS 110 American Government • 3 credits
- PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology • 3 credits
- PSY 200 Psychology of Adjustment • 3 credits
- PSY 240 Developmental Psychology • 3 credits
- SOC 120 General Sociology • 3 credits
- SOC 121 Social Problems in America • 3 credits
- SOC 130 Racial, Ethnic & Gender Relations in Modern Society • 3 credits
- SOC 225 Sociology of the Family • 3 credits
Core Program Credits • 24 to 52 credits
Based on the program area you chose to study, most programs require anywhere from 24 to 52 core credits that focus on the skills specific to that area of study. See your area of study for specific requirements. Always consult an NPC academic adviser to ensure you meet ALL program/degree requirements.
Elective requirements for the AAS degrees are different for each program and a few programs do not have them. Always consult an NPC academic adviser to ensure you meet ALL program/degree requirements.