Harper College offers seven associate degrees, five of which are designed for students who will transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor’s degree. The five are the Associate in Arts (AA), the Associate in Science (AS), the Associate in Fine Arts–Art (AFA), the Associate in Fine Arts–Music (AFA) and the Associate in Engineering Science (AES) degrees, which comprise the first two years of study toward degrees in a broad range of arts-related or science-related disciplines.
The Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree is designed for those who are pursuing a two-year career program, although many students transfer to four-year colleges after earning the AAS degree.
The Associate in General Studies (AGS) degree is a flexible, somewhat individually designed option for those individuals who do not intend to transfer, but who can benefit from having earned a degree credential, whether for career purposes or for personal satisfaction. The AGS can serve as a capstone for occupational certificate programs, or as an individualized program meeting needs not met by other degree programs. Students can use some credits earned toward their AGS degree to transfer, but should be aware that transfer options for the degree as a whole are limited. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a Student Development academic advisor to make course selections and to learn about possible transfer options.