Associate in Applied Science

About the Degree

An associate of applied science degree, or AAS, is a two-year associate-level college degree with a focus on a particular applied science or technical skill. Students spend the majority of their coursework in technical courses directly related to their chosen area of study. There are nearly two dozen areas of study to choose from at RVC.

Admission Requirements

Some RVC programs that offer the AAS degree have a selective admission process. For more information, please visit the individual program pages.

What can I do with this degree?

The AAS degree has limited transferability. However, many programs at RVC have agreements in place with four-year colleges and universities to help graduates complete a bachelors degree. 

The degree is designed to prepare students for the workforce in a designated career field. See individual program pages for more information.

Program Pathways

Students should meet with an Academic Advisor to develop a clear pathway leading to a seamless transfer experience or transition to the workforce. For additional possibilities that may require an advanced degree or certification, make an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

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The Associate of Applied Science Degree has limited transferability; meaning, some courses may not transfer to a four-year college or university. However, many career programs at RVC have transfer agreements that enable students to complete a bachelor degree. Visit individual program pages for more information. 

The Associate in Applied Science Degree is awarded to students who successfully complete a career and technical education curriculum. Attainment of this degree is evidence that the student possesses the competence for entry-level employment in their field of study. An Associate in Applied Science Degree usually requires two years for full-time students. Part-time students may complete the degree over a longer period of time.

All technical curricula leading to the Associate in Applied Science Degree have both specific program and general education core course requirements. The general education requirements typically will include a minimum of 15 semester credit hours.

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