The Associate in Applied Science degree is generally awarded to those who successfully complete programs which emphasize preparation in the applied arts and sciences and are designed to lead individuals to employment in a specific career. It also assures the employer that graduates have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 60 credit hours. Although the objective of the associate in applied science degree is to enhance employment opportunities, some baccalaureate degree granting institutions have developed upper division programs to recognize this degree for transfer of credits.