Associate of Arts and Science Degree Requirements

The Associate of Arts and Science degree provides a two-year, general education liberal arts-based academic program with training in the fine arts and humanities, mathematical and natural sciences, and social sciences.

It is considered the foundation for many college majors and is generally accepted by other University of Wisconsin System institutions as fulfilling the university-wide general education breadth requirements in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree.

If desired, you may also choose to earn the Associate of Arts and Science degree with an emphasis.

The Degree Worksheet can help you select the right courses and track your progress toward earning your Associate of Arts and Science degree. Additional information can be found in the UW Colleges Catalog.

Degree Requirements

  • A minimum of 60 credits is required. When completing these 60 credits, students must satisfy one of the following:
    • At least 36 of the 60 credits must be earned in the UW Colleges or
    • At least 12 of the final 24 credits must be earned in the UW Colleges.
  • All UW Colleges core and breadth requirements must be fulfilled.
  • A student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 earned at UW Colleges and a 2.0 overall GPA in credits applied to the Associate of Arts and Science degree.

Core Requirements

  • Students must earn a grade of C or better in (or exemption from) the following courses:
    • Writing: ENG 102
    • Mathematics: MAT 108 or MAT 110

Breadth Requirements

Course CategoryRequirements
Fine Arts and HumanitiesMinimum of 9 credits including:
1 fine arts course
1 humanities course
Mathematical and Natural SciencesMinimum of 11 credits including:
8 credits in 2 different natural science disciplines
1 laboratory science course
Social SciencesMinimum of 9 credits from at least 2 disciplines.
Application and PerformanceMinimum of 3 credits.
Ethnic StudiesMinimum of 3 credits. Courses may be counted toward another breadth category.
Interdisciplinary StudiesMinimum of 3 credits. Courses may be counted toward another breadth category.
ElectivesA student who has met the core requirements and the other breadth requirement minimums may complete the 60 credit minimum requirement with courses in this category.

Emphases

Students pursuing the Associate of Arts and Science degree have the option to select an emphasis: a concentration of coursework in a given discipline.

  • Consider the following benefits of earning an emphasis.
  • Concentrate your learning and skills in areas of personal, professional and/or academic interest
  • If pursuing a bachelor’s degree, tailor your first two years of study to your long-term academic focus
  • Get the opportunity to “test drive” an academic major for your bachelor's degree
  • Enhance your résumé, invite the opportunity for career advancements or new opportunities, and gain personal enrichment 

Students declaring an emphasis can do so at any time after enrollment, but no later than the beginning of their final semester, so that it can be noted officially.



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