Associate of Applied Science Degree & Certificate Programs

Associate of Applied Science and Certificate of Applied Science programs are described in the following section. Also included are Certificates of Proficiency and Certificates of Completion for short-term training programs. It should be noted that not all applied science degree or certificate programs are available at all Northland locations, nor are they available in their entirety each year. Some courses are offered only on demand. All Northland applied science programs are "competency based", providing graduates with the skills necessary for entry-level employment.

The Associate of Applied Science degree is designed for specialization in vocational or technical fields and requires completion of a minimum of 64 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The Associate of Applied Science graduate must complete the specific requirements for the program including General Education Requirements, core requirements, required electives and, on occasion, unrestricted electives.

Additionally, some of the required courses for a program have placement or course prerequisites that must be fulfilled. Completion of these prerequisites may result in coursework beyond the 64 program credits.

For courses that do have prerequisites or require satisfactory placement, a grade of 'C' [or 'P'] or better is required in the prerequisite courses. More information about course prerequisites may be found in Part V, Course Descriptions, listing individual courses, or by consulting an Academic Advisor.

The Certificate of Applied Science award requires a minimum of 24 credits in a single area of specialization and 6 specified units of general education.

Certificates of Proficiency requirements vary according to the skills demanded for training or retraining in occupational fields. Only programs totalling 32, or more, credit hours are recognized at commencement. Certificates of Proficiency are posted on the student's transcript.

Certificates of Completion may be awarded for achieving the competencies required in some courses with a 'C' grade or higher. These certificates are utilized only for courses which have recognizable and special benefit for the student. Certificates are issued upon completion of the specified courses.




General Education Requirements for Associate of Applied Science Degrees

Specific programs may designate or limit course options, and general education requirements in certain programs may exceed 16 credits.

Communications • 6 cr.

  • ENL 101 College Composition I • 3 cr.
  • ENL 102 College Composition II • 3 cr.
  • or
  • ENL 109 Technical Writing • 3 cr.
  • or
  • SPT 120 Public Speaking • 3 cr.

Mathematics • 3-6 cr.

  • See specific program requirement.

Discipline Studies • 7 cr.

Unless noted otherwise in a program description, student must take one course from Physical and Biological Sciences and one course from either Arts and Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Arts and Humanities

Courses must be selected from the following list and from at least two disciplines:

  • ART 101 Understanding Art • 3 cr.
  • ART 115 Art History I • 3 cr.
  • ART 116 Art History II • 3 cr.
  • ENL 220 World Literature I • 3 cr.
  • ENL 221 World Literature II • 3 cr.
  • ENL 224 English Literature I • 3 cr.
  • ENL 225 English Literature II • 3 cr.
  • HUM 150 Humanities in the Western World I • 3 cr.
  • HUM 151 Humanities in the Western World II • 3 cr.
  • MUS 150 Music Appreciation • 3 cr.
  • PHL 101 Introduction to Philosophy • 3 cr.
  • PHL 105 Introduction to Ethics • 3 cr.
  • SPT 130 Introduction to Theatre • 3 cr.

Physical and Biological Sciences

  • BIO 100 Biology Concepts • 4 cr.
  • BIO 105 Environmental Biology • 4 cr.
  • BIO 160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology I • 4 cr.
  • BIO 181 General Biology I • 4 cr.
  • BIO 182 General Biology II • 4 cr.
  • BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I • 4 cr.
  • BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II • 4 cr.
  • CHM 130 Fundamental Chemistry • 4 cr.
  • CHM 151 General Chemistry I • 4 cr.
  • CHM 152 General Chemistry II • 4 cr.
  • GEO 111 Physical Geography • 4 cr.
  • GLG 101 Introduction to Geology I - Physical • 4 cr.
  • GLG 102 Introduction to Geology II - Historical • 4 cr.
  • PHY 113 General Physics I • 4 cr.
  • PHY 114 General Physics II • 4 cr.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Courses must be selected from the list below and from at least two disciplines. At least one asterisk (*) course must be chosen in order to meet requirements for Contemporary Global/International or Historical Awareness.

  • *ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology • 3 cr.
  • BUS 140 Principles of Economics - Macro • 3 cr.
  • BUS 141 Principles of Economics - Micro • 3 cr.
  • *GEO 110 World Regional Geography • 3 cr.
  • *HIS 105 U.S. History to 1877 • 3 cr.
  • *HIS 106 U.S. History since 1877 • 3 cr.
  • *HIS 155 Western Civilization to 1700 • 3 cr.
  • *HIS 156 Western Civilization since 1700 • 3 cr.
  • POS 110 American Government • 3 cr.
  • PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology • 3 cr.
  • PSY 200 Psychology of Adjustment • 3 cr.
  • PSY 240 Developmental Psychology • 3 cr.
  • SOC 120 General Sociology • 3 cr.
  • SOC 121 Social Problems in America • 3 cr.
  • SOC 130 Racial, Ethnic & Gender Relations in Modern Society • 3 cr.
  • SOC 225 Sociology of the Family • 3 cr.