An Associate Degree (A.A. or A.S.) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded by colleges and universities upon completion of a course of study lasting two years. It is a greater level of education than a high school diploma or GED but less than a bachelor's degree.
An Associate Degree provides the academic foundation allowing students to transfer to a four-year bachelor’s degree program, such as Southern Utah University. Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) programs cover the curriculum taught in the first two years of a four-year program of study.
Some occupations require workers to have a least “some college” in their educational background, in which case, an associate degree is a perfect fit. Other employers simply require employees to have an associate degree and have it listed as an essential job qualification.
Candidates for either degree must:
- Complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (24 of the final 30 hours must be completed in residence).
- Achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all work completed at SUU, as well as a 2.0 for a combined SUU/Transfer overall GPA.
- Complete all SUU general education requirements.
- For the AA degree: Complete eight hours of one foreign language, beyond the 1010 level. All foreign language classes must be completed with a “C” grade or higher.