Deciding Between AA or AS

Degree Programs

The College Transfer program offers a variety of courses in the arts and sciences leading to an Associate in Arts degree (A.A.) or an Associate in Science degree (A.S.). These courses parallel those required during the first two years of study at four-year colleges and universities. Consult the degree plan at the university or college to which you hope to transfer for more information about which degree and courses will be most appropriate for your major. CAA Baccalaureate Degree Plans—or Transfer Guides, as they’ll soon be called—can be found on the UNC System NC Community College Transfer site.

The Associate in Arts curriculum is designed for students pursuing liberal arts or pre-professional programs such as those listed below. Students must take a core of required general education courses in English composition, humanities/fine arts, social/behavioral sciences, and natural sciences/mathematics. In addition to this core, students must take additional college transfer courses based on their specialized interests and needs for a total of 60-61 semester hour credits.

The Associate in Science curriculum requires a heavier concentration of science and mathematics courses with less emphasis on humanities/fine arts and social/behavioral sciences. Students desiring to major in a health-related, science, or mathematics field would follow the requirements for this degree. An asterisk designates which of the professional majors listed below prefer students to complete the A.S. degree program.

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture*
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Astronomy*
  • Banking & Finance
  • Biology*
  • Botany*
  • Business
  • Chemistry*
  • Communication
  • Computer Science*
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Dentistry*
  • Drafting & Design
  • Drama & Theatre
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electronics
  • Engineering*
  • English
  • Filmmaking
  • Foreign Languages
  • Forestry
  • Geology*
  • Geography
  • Health Technology*
  • History
  • Home Economics
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics*
  • Medicine*
  • Meteorology*
  • Music
  • Nursing*
  • Pharmacy*
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education
  • Physical Science*
  • Physical Therapy*
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Speech Education
  • Veterinary Science*
  • Zoology*

* Denotes professional majors which prefer an Associate in Science degree.

Christine Nicodemus
Dean of Arts and Sciences
Office 108, Fleming Building, Tarboro Campus
(252) 618-6635