Associate in Science AS

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Associate in Science AS

Program Code: A10400

An Associate in Science (AS) is an excellent degree choice if you plan to transfer to a university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in math, science, natural or physical science, or medicine. Areas of study under the AS degree span a wide range of academic interests, and completing this degree can be your first step toward earning a bachelor’s degree in the science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field.

For degree completion, you must successfully complete 45 general education hours and 15 hours of elective credit. We have also identified literature, history, health/physical education, and college transfer success as required courses.

This program is also available to high school students through our Career & College Promise program.

Skills You’ll Learn

The Associate in Science program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:

  • Integrating content across scientific disciplines
  • Demonstrating the ability to collect, interpret, and formulate conclusions from data using both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Writing and speaking with clarity, coherence, and persuasiveness
  • Appreciating, analyzing, and interpreting the role and value of fine arts in society and culture
  • Demonstrating how historical, philosophical, cultural, global, and socioeconomic factors affect human interactions and behaviors

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities with an Associate in Science include working in private sector firms in the various fields such as research and development or laboratories, as well as positions in education on primary or secondary levels. This program provides an excellent background for other fields requiring mathematics/science proficiency, including:

  • Biology
  • Pre-professional training for medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, pharmacy, etc.
  • Environmental sciences
  • Teaching or research
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Physics


Plan of Study

The recommended course sequence for this program and a complete list of related classes are available in the Academic Catalog. Click the button below to view a copy of this plan of study, which is also available as a PDF.

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Questions others are asking.

We offer several credentials that provide the flexibility you need. Most degree programs last two years and provide the most in-depth study of a particular subject. Diplomas and certificates take less time and are often taken in conjunction with other degree programs. Specialized training is also available for workforce development programs that are completed in less than a year.

Craven Community College has special relationships with upper-level colleges and universities for transfer. These transfer institutions include:

  • Four-year institutions in the University of North Carolina system
  • Private North Carolina four-year institutions

Community college graduates must obtain a grade of “C” or better in each course and an overall GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to transfer with a junior status. Courses may also transfer through bilateral agreements between institutions.

To provide for a smooth transfer, students should consult with both an academic advisor and the potential transfer institution for academic course selection and guidance.

Contact Information

University Transfer
Bate Hall
New Bern Campus

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