Associate of Science degree description

Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree
(60 - 64 credits)

The A.S. degree is appropriate for students who plan to transfer to the university to earn a baccalaureate degree in Physical and Biological Science areas such as Agricultural Science, Allied Health, Animal Science, Astronomy, Athletic TrainingBiology, Botany, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Microbiology, Physics, Plant and Soil Science, and Veterinary Science.


This degree is comprised of three components:
     1.   A block of 35-38 credits of Arizona General Education Curriculum courses- AGEC-S 
     2.   22-29 credits of Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives
     3.   Additional CAC degree requirements


AGEC-S (35-38 credits)
The AGEC-S satisfies requirements in programs with more specific mathematics and science courses.  AGEC-S requires a minimum of Analytical Geometry and Calculus I Mathematics plus credits from specific AGEC categories.  AGEC-S courses are transferable to all three Arizona public universities provided they are completed with a grade of "C" or better.  The current list of approved AGEC-S courses can be found in our current catalog or online; and/or see your Academic Advisor to create a Master Academic Plan (MAP). 



AGEC-S Categories

  • Written Communication (6 credits)
    • ENG101-English Composition III (3 credits)
    • ENG102-English Composition IV (3 credits)
  • Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
    • Select a minimum of one Arts course (3 credits) and one Humanities course (3 credits)
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
    • Select courses to fulfill this requirement from at least two different disciplines
  • Biological and Physical Lab Sciences (8 credits)
    • Life Science majors select one of the following sequences:
      • CHM151-General Chemistry I and CHM152-General Chemistry II
      • BIO181-General Biology I and BIO182-General Biology II
    • Physical Science majors select one of the following sequences:
      • CHM151-General Chemistry I and CHM152-General Chemistry II
      • PHY261-University Physics I: Mechanics and PHY262-University Physics II: Electricity/Magnetism
  • Mathematics (3-5 credits)
    • MAT221-Analytical Geometry and Calculus I (4 credits) or higher
  • Subject Options (6-8 credits)
    • Based on your major and university, consult the Transfer Guide at to select either additional mathematics courses above Calculus I and/or Laboratory Science courses.
  • Special Requirements (0-9 credits)
    • Please note that courses from Oral Communications, Arts/Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences or Transfer Electives may also "double-dip" to meet Special Requirements.
      • Intensive Writing / Critical Inquiry (3 credits)
      • Ethnic / Race / Gender Awareness (3 credits)
      • Global / International - Historical Awareness (3 credits)

Major Common Courses and Transferable Electives
For a list of recommended common courses that meet university major requirements, refer to the specific Major Guide on the AZTRANSFER website at ; and/or see your Academic Advisor to create a Master Academic Plan (MAP).

To verify transferability of elective courses, refer to the Course Equivalency Guide on the AZTRANSFER website at; and/or see your Academic Advisor to create a Master Academic Plan (MAP).

Additional CAC Degree Requirements

  • Reading Competency: RDG094-College Reading or appropriate score on reading placement assessment
  • Computing Competency: CIS120-Survey of Computer Information Systems (3 credits) or AGB124-Microcomputers in Agriculture (3 credits)
  • Grade of "C" or better in each course applied toward the degree
  • Minimum of 20 credits completed at CAC
  • Minimum of 15 credits in the AGEC-S completed at CAC

Other Degree Considerations
Many four-year degrees require either a second- or fourth-semester level proficiency of a second language and strongly encourage students to complete this requirement at the community college prior to transfer.  To determine second language requirements for your degree, check your university catalog, Transfer Guides at, or meet with an Academic Advisor.  Students may demonstrate proficiency by completion of coursework and/or a proficiency test.  CAC offers Spanish, French and Sign Language.  Contact an Academic Advisor for assistance.


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