August 11, 2014
Whats-an-AS

What is an A.S. Degree?

An Associate of Science degree (often referred to as an A.S.) is a 60 credit degree that is made up of credits that will transfer to a four-year school. It is possible to complete this degree in two years if you take an average of 15 credits during both the fall and spring semesters. If you take fewer credits or need additional developmental coursework, completing this degree will take longer. Keep in mind, you need to have a grade of a “C” or higher in each of your courses to earn credit that applies towards degree completion.

Reasons to Consider Pursing an A.S

  1. You love science and math! A minimum of 33 credits of math and science are required for this degree.
  2. You want to transfer. The A.S is made up of courses that are guaranteed to transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.
  3. You enjoy hands-on learning. Most science courses here at FRCC have a lab component to enhance your learning experience.
  4. Your ultimate goal is to have a degree or career in a science related field. Many students who earn an A.S. go into areas such as chemistry, physics and biology. Students with this type of degree go on to become doctors, teachers and researchers just to name a few.
  5. You want a top- notch, well-rounded education. While an A.S. focuses on math and science, you will still have the opportunity to take a variety of courses. Some of these courses include English, history, humanities, psychology and economics. Smaller class sizes will ensure you get the personal attention you deserve! Not to mention we have great teachers who are passionate about what they do.

An A.S. can be a challenging degree so be sure to take advantage of the support programs offered at FRCC. Through these programs, you can receive assistance with writing, math and may even qualify for a one-on-one tutor. Don’t forget to visit your instructors early on during their office hours!

For those of you who have taken a math or science course at FRCC, do you have any tips or words of wisdom for other students who are considering doing so?

About the author:

Holly Roberts is an Academic Advisor at Front Range Community College on the Westminster Campus. She moved to Denver from Steamboat Springs, CO and is enjoying the “big city” way of life.