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2023-2024 Catalog SVC 
2023-2024 Catalog SVC [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Associate in Applied Science Degree, AAS

Program Overview

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree is designed for students who are preparing to enter a career field. Although certain courses in this degree may transfer to baccalaureate institutions, students are advised that many courses in this degree are not usually transferable because of their specialized nature. Students interested in continuing their studies after earning the AAS degree are encouraged to consult with a counselor or the department chair as well as the intended transfer institution for specific transfer options available.

The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges considers the following workforce degrees as equivalent:

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
  • Associate of Technical Arts (ATA)
  • Associate of Applied Technology (AAT)
  • Associate of Technical Science (ATS)


Degree Requirements

To graduate from SVC with an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, students must complete a minimum of 90 credits with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 including a technical major and related education requirements. At least 25 core program credits must be earned at SVC with a minimum GPA of 2.0. The student’s declared major must have approval of the Dean of Professional/Technical Education and the Department Chair of the technical field. To receive an Associate in Applied Science Degree, students must satisfy requirements listed below.

1. First Quarter Experience (2 cr.)

2. Communication Skills (3-5 cr.)

  • ENGL 101 , ENGL 170  (3-5 cr.), or another specific communication course as designated by the Professional/Technical department chair.
  • CMST 210 , CMST 125  (3-5 cr.), or another specific communication course as designated by the Professional/Technical department chair. Specific course options in this category are designated within each major.

3. Quantitative Skills (5 cr.)

  • WMATH 100  (5) Alternative courses of an equal or higher number may be substituted in some majors.  

4. Physical Education (2 cr.)

5. Human Relations Skills (3-5 cr.)

6. Cooperative Education (1-15 cr.)

Cooperative Education courses are listed as 199 courses. Students will complete 30 hours of work at a supervised site for each credit received. Concurrent enrollment in Cooperative Education seminars or equivalent is required. Students may earn 1 to 15 credits toward this degree requirement. Approval of the department chair is required for enrollment in all 199 courses. See program for specific requirements.

7. Diversity Requirement

A Diversity Intensive course or group of courses that offers a minimum total of 30 contact hours of diversity intensive experience. Students should consult with their faculty advisor or counselor to identify the appropriate course or group of courses that fulfills this requirement.