The Associate in Science degree is designed to prepare people for immediate employment or to satisfy the lower division requirements of Bachelor of Science degrees, thereby, preparing students for the work force or to transfer to an upper division baccalaureate program. A minimum of 6 hours of transfer English and 12 hours of math and/or science are required for this degree and will embody the characteristics of an educated person and generally place emphasis upon the sciences and mathematics that support technical fields of study, such as engineering, agriculture and science-related fields.

Graduation from the associate in science program assures that students have been provided a foundation in general education that enables them to appreciate their culture and environment as well as different cultures of the world; the development of a system of personal values based on accepted ethics that lead to civic and social responsibility; and the attainment of communication skills necessary for growth as a lifelong learner. It also assures the employer that graduates have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 60 credit hours.