General A.S. Degree Information
The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree is the two-year career education degree offered by Florida colleges (previously known as community colleges) primarily to prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. A.S. degrees will articulate to Eastern Florida State College's bachelor degree programs and also transfer to Florida colleges; making it possible for A.S. degree students to complete a Bachelor’s degree. View your bachelor degree options within the Florida College System by using the "State College Transfer Student Admission Requirements" link at the FloridaShines transfer options site. A.S. degrees are not designed for transfer to a state university bachelor program unless articulation agreements are in place, which they are in Florida for select degrees. Consult with an academic advisor if you plan to pursue a bachelor degree through an A.S. transfer pathway.
A.S. programs require a minimum of two years of study and contain a minimum of 15
credit hours of General Education and a minimum of 45 credit hours of career specific
courses. The General Education courses are designed to provide students with the general
knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a work environment. The career-specific
courses are designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies
required for initial employment. These courses are divided into program specific groupings
such as Major Courses, Core Courses and Support Courses. In addition, some programs
allow students to select one or more courses from a list of approved Technical Electives.
It is very important that students meet with an academic advisor to carefully plan their schedule to target completion of the A.S. degree program. Certain programs require students to complete technical courses in a specific sequence to ensure learning is maximized. Also, courses in A.S. degree program may only be offered on certain campuses and/or may be offered only during a specific semester.
General Education Requirements:
Depending on the program, the courses to be taken as the General Education portion of the A.S. degree may be exactly specified or may allow students to select from a set of preapproved courses. Equivalent honors-level courses may be used in any area. Students who begin an A.S. degree program in Fall Term 2022 or later are required to fulfill the state of Florida's Civic Literacy Requirement.
The A.S. technical degree programs are developed and maintained with assistance from technical advisory committees. These committees are actively involved in reviewing the curriculum, equipment, and facilities, and preparing recommendations that assist the College in keeping programs state-of-the-art. All A.S. Degree programs of study may not be offered at each campus.