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Transfer Degree Options

Associate in Arts (AA)

The Associate in Arts degree is the first two years of a baccalaureate degree.  Students take 100 and 200 level courses in areas such as communication, humanities, social science, mathematics and science as well as courses related to their major or area of interest.  Completion of the AA fulfills the requirements of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) and the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education (IAI GECC).  The IAI GECC is a package of general education courses that satisfy lower-division general education requirements at other IAI participating schools.  It is important to keep in mind that baccalaureate majors often require specific general education courses.

Associate in Science (AS)

The Associate in Science degree is the first two years of a science-related baccalaureate degree.  Students take 100 and 200 level courses in areas such as communication, humanities, social science, mathematics and science as well as courses related to their major or area of interest.  Science-related baccalaureate programs are often highly structured and require extensive sequential mathematics and science courses.  In order to take courses in a similar pattern to those at a 4-year college or university, some general education courses are postponed until junior or senior year.  While the general education courses included in the AS degree are approved by the IAI, completion of the AS does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) and the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education (IAI GECC).  After transfer students will either complete the general education requirements of the transfer institution or are given the opportunity to complete the IAI GECC.  Consult with an academic advisor for additional information.

Note:  On September 18, 2015, the Illinois Community College Board approved changes to the AS degree.  The changes are effective beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year.  The new AS model requires fewer humanities and fine arts and social and behavioral sciences and requires additional mathematics and science.  Effective with the 2016-2017 catalog the AS will no longer include the IAI GECC package.

Associate in Engineering Science (AES)

The Associate in Engineering Science degree is the first two years of an engineering baccalaureate degree.  Engineering baccalaureate programs are often highly structured and require extensive sequential mathematics and science courses.  In order to take courses in a similar pattern to those at a 4-year college of university, some general education courses are postponed until junior or senior year.  Completion of the AES does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) and the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education (IAI GECC).  After transfer students will either complete the general education requirements of the transfer institution or are given the opportunity to complete the IAI GECC.  Consult with an academic advisor for additional information.

Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) – Art or Music Emphasis

The Associate in Fine Arts is the first two years of a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.  Baccalaureate programs in fine/performing arts are often highly structured and require extensive sequential courses in the major field.  In order to take courses in a similar pattern to those at a 4-year college of university, some general education courses are postponed until junior or senior year.  Completion of the AFA does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) and the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education (IAI GECC).  After transfer students will either complete the general education requirements of the transfer institution or are given the opportunity to complete the IAI GECC. Consult with an academic advisor for additional information.  

Last Updated: 11/6/19