Chattanooga State’s A.A.S. degrees and technical certificates prepare students for specialized careers. These programs are designed for the student who does not intend to transfer to a traditional baccalaureate degree program. (Should a student later decide to pursue a bachelor’s degree, four year institutions may accept some or all credits toward a bachelor’s degree.) Career students can pursue programs leading to the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree or a Technical Certificate of Credit.
Associate of Applied Science
Associate of Applied Science degrees are designed to prepare students for immediate employment in a specialized area. The A.A.S. degree requires:
- Total Credit Hours
60 semester credit hours of college level work
- General Education
A minimum of 25% of the program must be in General Education and must include at least 3 hours of approved courses from each of the following:
English Composition (3 hours)
Humanities and/or Fine Arts (3 hours)
Social/Behavioral Science (3 hours)
Math or Natural Science (3 or 4 hours)
One additional course from any of the following categories (3 or 4 hours):
- Major—A minimum of 36 hours in the technical specialty.
- A grade of “C” or better is required in all prerequisite courses and in all courses specified by course numbers in the summary of required hours.
NOTE: Any program-directed or technical electives, all Allied Health programs, and Technical Certificates require "C" or better in all course work.
Note: The SUMMARY OF REQUIRED HOURS for the student’s major may require that a specific course be taken to satisfy a given General Education requirement. Otherwise, the student may select any course from the list. If the requirement calls for 3 credit hours and the student selects a 4- or 5-credit course, the extra credit hour(s) will count as unrestricted elective credit toward graduation. (If the requirement specified in the student’s major is a 4-hour course, the 4th credit hour will not count toward satisfying the unrestricted elective requirement because it is required as opposed to being selected by the student.)