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2018-2019 Catalog Year
Associate of Applied Science

All Degrees & Certificates

Students enrolled in an applied science program will benefit from “hands-on” laboratory experience within their major field. They will enter the job market with specific skills and knowledge useful for employment and advancement.

Although the AAS degree is not designed to be a transfer program, some courses will transfer to four-year colleges or universities. Students who wish to transfer to a four-year school should consult a WNC counselor. Courses with a number under 100 (such as ENG 95) are not applicable toward an Associate of Applied Science degree at WNC.

A maximum of six units of special topics classes in one subject area may apply toward any WNC degree.


The purpose of the Associate of Applied Science degree is to provide employment-related knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in a chosen field of study.

Student Outcomes:

Students who complete an Associate of Applied Science degree at WNC are expected to demonstrate that they:

  • have met the general education student learning outcomes.
  • know the subject matter appropriate to the emphasis of the degree.
  • have acquired skills and can perform tasks necessary for employment or career advancement.


All Associate of Applied Science degree and certificate programs require completion of appropriate courses in computation, communication and human relations. Additionally, introductory courses in all applied science and technology as well as all allied health programs include instruction in safety, industrial safety and environmental awareness, as appropriate.

Students with previous occupational or practical experience may be eligible to challenge certain course requirements and prerequisites.

A minimum of 60 total credits chosen from the following categories:

English/Communications Requirements: 6 Units (Credits)

Must include a writing course.

Human Relations Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

Humanities/Social Science Requirements: 3 Units (Credits)

Choose from either humanities or social science areas:

Humanities Area:

* Course may not meet the fine arts requirements at all universities. Please see a counselor.

Social Sciences Area:

Mathematics Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

Science Requirement: 3 Units (Credits)

U.S. and Nevada Constitution Requirements: 3 or 6 Units (Credits)

Must meet both requirements. Choose from the following:

  • Core Humanities: 203
  • History: 111
  • HIST 101 and one of the following: HIST 102, HIST 217, PSC 100, PSC 208
  • Political Science: 103
  • History and Political Science Combination (History 101 and Political Science 208)

Program Requirements and General Electives

Number of units required may vary by emphasis. Some units earned in non-traditional courses may be considered for elective credit and may require review in order to be applied to the AAS degree.

Program requirements can be found on the programs of study pages.