Associates of Science in General Studies
For individuals looking for an extremely versatile associates degree program, Amarillo College offers an Associates of Science in General Studies. This highly customizable program provides students with the ability to choose which areas of general study they will complete from Amarillo’s wide range of available classes.
Individuals who plan to pursue advanced academic study at a four year university, but have difficulty finding an Associate's degree that fills their specific academic interests may find what they are looking for within Amarillo’s catalog of classes. If individuals wish to enter into higher education but are unsure or undecided on what their field of study will be, Amarillo’s program allows students to take a variety of classes and still earn an Associate's degree to prepare them for a university major. The opportunity to take classes in many different fields of study may also provide alluring to those who simply wish to enrich their personal or professional growth through education.
The coursework consists of a total of 60 credit hours. These hours include a combination of general education classes that most four year universities require for a baccalaureate degree, and electives that students choose. The 42 hours of general education includes classes in Communication, Science, Humanities, Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Lifetime Fitness. The remaining 18 elective hours will be chosen by the student based on the area of study that they wish to pursue. Students are required to speak with one of Amarillo’s many academic advisors before selecting electives. These advisors are trained to help guide students down the best possible academic path needed for achieving their goals. All courses are available online through the distance education program and can be completed within 2 years.
Degree Level: Associate
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
In 1929, Amarillo College was founded as a junior college, independent of the local school district. By 1937, the college established its permanent campus on the Washington Street Campus in Amarillo, Texas. Through the twentieth century, curriculum expanded, adding vocational and allied health and occupational-technical programs. In addition, the college extended the physical campus to incorporate added locations including the West Campus, East Campus, Polk Street Campus, Moore County Campus, and the Hereford Campus.
Amarillo College awards Associate’s degrees and certificates, along with sponsoring career and technical education, continuing education, dual-credit coursework, personal enrichment classes, and distance learning. In addition to professional or technical degree programs, students can pursue an Associate’s degree in General Education, gaining a broader background that is especially useful for transfer into four-year institutions. The Continuing Education division sponsors professional and occupational classes and seminars that further enhances the skill sets of working professionals. Furthermore, personal enrichment programs support learning for both children and adults, and dual-credit allows high school students to earn college credits. Amarillo College’s distance education division provides both degree programs and distance learning classes.
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