Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2011-2012
Associate of Arts (A.A.)
Associate of Science (A.S.)
A.A. and A.S. degrees are generally considered "transfer level" degrees. Most students earning these degrees transfer to a four-year college or university and continue their studies. Requirements will differ between colleges, so students should work closely with their transfer institutions and Kirkwood advisors to choose classes that meet their needs.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)
Students who earn A.A.S. degrees typically enter the workforce, however, some Applied Science and Technology programs also have transfer agreements with four-year institutions. Students work with an advisor to determine which degree program best suits their goals.
Associate of Science/Career Option (A.S./C.O.)
The A.S./C.O. degree programs include both technical courses in career interest areas and general education courses that may transfer. After graduation, students have the option of starting their careers or transferring to a four-year school.
Diploma and certificate programs normally take nine to 12 months to complete and provide entry-level skills to begin a chosen career. Those in the workforce who already have two- or four-year degrees may also seek certificates to advance their careers. Diploma and certificate programs generally do not transfer, but it is best to check with an advisor.